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This is a book identification number and each edition of your book, including if you have a paperback and a hardcover, needs its own number except for ebooks. Ebooks can have an ISBN but they don't require one.
KDP or another print-on-demand company will offer you a free ISBN but it's rarely a good idea to use it. It will make Amazon your publisher instead of you and it could limit your rights.
Here is the official source of ISBN numbers. They are $125 for one and you can also buy a package
Jack Edwards YouTube video: I paid professionals to design a book cover (with links to the Fiverr designers)
Dale L Roberts on YouTube: I paid 10 designers on Fiverr to design the same cover
How to Design the Best Book Cover in 8 Simple Steps [Kindlepreneur]
Starting From Zero Free Course from David Gaughran
Free Video Course How To Sell Your First 100 Books
AI for authors: Book Blaster
Fascinating article about the power of the right title
https://storyoriginapp.com/ has a free plan that includes universal links, which means that you can share one link and it will send people to the correct aAmazon store no matter what country they are in
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Book Launcher's Best Paid Review Sites
BookSirens - pay per person who downloads ARC
ReaderViews We encourage authors to enter their titles in our monthly book giveaway, which we offer at no cost.
Free Review Sites recommended by Kindlepreneur:
Love Books Group: Reviews books on their site is a easy process to submit.
Affaire de Coeur: A bi-monthly magazine that publishes reviews in historical, contemporary, paranormal, erotica, YA, and nonfiction primarily.
Book Page: Must send an ARC 4 months prior to publication date
The Kindle Book Review: Offers a list of reviews to contact individually based on preferred genres.
Compulsive Reader: Mainly focuses on literary fiction and poetry, they also review music CDs and other interesting things.
Crime Fiction Lover: Recommends sending a Press Release (***) and a bit hard to get into.
Book Smugglers: a highly read book blog that likes to focus on Horror, Urban Fantasy, SciFi, and YA.
Crime Scene Reviews: Reviews Crime and Mystery novels
SF Book: Started in 1996, SF books offers a list of Scifi Book reviewers you can contact individually
Fantasy Book Critics: Lists a bunch of legit book review sites, as well as offers their own in the Fantasy realm
Top Sci Fi Books: This website lists the best scifi and fantasy books based on certain subgenres. They have a sweet spot though for self published authors.
Did you know that you can create a link that goes straight to the review part? Send out these links to your friends, followers, and subscribers so they don't have to hunt for where to leave a review! https://kindlepreneur.com/how-to-get-book-reviews-with-no-blog-no-list-and-no-begging/
The step-by-step proven guide to help you master TikTok and get the book sales and reader connections you dream of, without spending hours making videos.
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Watch my interview with the COO of BookBrush
BookBrush is a software created specifically for authors to create promo images and videos for their books.
It has templates for all kinds of social media ads, tons of graphic elements, and all sorts of book mockups (even box cover mockups for series).
You can use their new Hourly Concepts service to get help creating all sorts of promo assets for your book, even taglines and hooks.
Example of a book blurb into a video (yes, it's totally cheesy and low production and that's okay!) https://www.youtube.com/shorts/btHQH4UfzPY
Some Canva templates:
BookFunnel.com for newsletter exchanges and group promos. Note that this is not a good book funnel unless you pay for the middle tier where you collect email addresses but for $20/yr the first tier is perfect for newsletter swaps. [https://storyoriginapp.com/ is a very similar service]
This is the granddaddy of all book promo sites. While they have a "featured deal" option, it's rare to be accepted for it and you'll have a more predictable promotion if you use their ads.
You can also create an author profile on there that readers can follow. Here's mine as an example: https://www.bookbub.com/profile/ruth-madison Like with Goodreads, you can make lists of books you own, are reading, wantt o read, finished, etc.
Promo sites Written Word Media is the company behind promo sites like Freebooksy and Bargain Booksy. https://www.writtenwordmedia.com/membership/?via=carolyn
They can also help with Facebook and Amazon ads
Also check out their Book Launch Promo Stack: https://www.newinbooks.com/advertise-new-book-2
While being a guest on podcasts is an amazing boost for your visibility and book sales, another way to utilize podcasts is to advertise on them. Most podcasts have a website where you can learn about their sponsorship or ad opportunities. This is when the hosts read a short blurb for a book and encourage their listeners to check it out.
VistaPrint for swag like bookmarks, as well as tableclothes, and posters. (I have two friends who work at VistaPrint so I'm biased!)
Signed by the author stickers
I found these on Etsy! You can sign your books and then add a sticker to the front.
SendOutCards for invites, thank yous, and promo mail (add a QR code to your invite for where people can purchase your book!)