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As I’ve been searching for various internet outlets to promote the forthcoming release of my series, The Noricin Chronicles, I found myself wishing that there was a good list of author networking sites available as a resource. Of course, I don’t attempt to claim that no such list exists, but seeing as I had difficulty finding one, I figured others must be suffering similar frustrations, and so here it is! his is most definitely a work in progress and nowhere near a fully comprehensive list or anything, but it’s a start! www.scribd.com ! Awesome, but of course! www.librarything.com ! I did not receive the warmest of welcomes to this community. Any mention of your books outside of certain designated forums are almost automatically flagged as "pam #we all hate "pam, of course, but they have a particularly extreme definition of it here$%. "everal members at &ibrary hing also seem to have a hard time understanding the concept of a pseudonym. Overall, it’s a site more interested in cataloging existing books than learning about new books ' so if you’re already published and selling, it might be a good place for you to network. (ut if, like me, no one knows you exist and you are looking for networking sites where you can let people know about you and your books, not the best option out there. www.gotpoetry.com ! As the title suggests, they are more interested in poetry than novels etc, but so far I have not received any complaints from them about me advertising my novels on their site. http)**www.xenite.org*internet+authors* ! his is a site I haven’t ,uite figured out yet. hey mention a whole bunch of free promotion services that they offer, but then don’t say how to contact them about utili-ing said services #I couldn’t even find a contact e! mail address%. I did, through a bit of browsing, figure out how to get added to their Internet (ook &ist, but that was about it. "till, that feature alone could be a very useful tool. ime alone will show if it yields any results. http)**publishedauthors.ning.com ! his site is by far one of the best I’ve found for author networking so far. his is as about as close to a ./acebook /or Authors0 as one could hope for. Update 4/27/10 1ue to the 2ing phasing out free social networking, 3ublished Authors has moved to the "pru- networks. It’s a new format, with a little bit less control over your personal profile’s appearance, but the same community and that’s what counts! he new address is) http)**publishedauthors.spru-.com. http)**www.smashwords.com* ! "imilar to "cribd, a site dedicated specifically to publishing e!books. It’s not so hot on the networking side of things, but if you’re looking for another outlet to get your e!books out there, I definitely recommend it.
"ites Added 4*56*76) http)**www.authornation.com* ! Another networking site by authors for authors. site, so far, looks like it will be most useful post!publication as opposed to pre! publication, but still a useful ally in your networking arsenal. his
http)**bookmarket.ning.com* ! &ike the 3ublished Authors 2etwork, this is a 2ing network, so it is very similar to 3ublished Authors. "ince they are both 2ing networks, you get the added bonus of having your contacts in one network automatically updated in the other. http)**www.goodreads.com* ! A book cataloging site, similar to &ibrary hing, but much better in my opinion. /or one thing, I have so far received a much warmer welcome from the 8ood9eads community than I have from &ibrary hing: they seem much more welcoming of authors who are there to promote their own works as well as discuss other authors works. /or another thing, I find the organi-ation and usability of the navigation system much more user!friendly than &ibrary hing. 8ood9eads also offers the added bonus of linking with /acebook to help you network ' very useful. http)**www.shelfari.com* ! his is by far my favorite of the book cataloging sites that I’ve discovered so far. &ike 8ood9eads, the community here has so far been much more friendly to me than the &ibrary hing community, and also like 8ood9eads it is very user!friendly and easy to use. It is very easy to build a network of people who like similar books as yourself at both of these two sites ' not so much at &ibrary hing. (ut not only that, the look of the site is very welcoming and appealing, as well. http)**www.createspace.com* ! Ama-on’s answer to &u&u.com, a great resource for the self!published author. As I am currently in the pre!publication stage of my marketing, I can’t offer any personal experience on either ;reate"pace or &u&u at the moment, but from what I’ve heard, the biggest disadvantage to using &u&u is that the print ,uality is often pretty shoddy ' from what I can see of ;reate"pace, however, it seems to have a foot up on &u&u on that front. 2ot sure how the royalty percentages compare, but I’m sure I’ll find out as I get closer to publication. Ama-on also offers a free service that makes it easy to convert your e!book into <indle format, so definitely check that out! =our royalty rate is determined by the list price, publication si-e, etc. /or e!books, you get >?@. http)**www.apexreviews.net* ! If you are any kind of published author and you haven’t yet heard of this site, you need to check it out. hey offer a variety of review and marketing packages, prices ranging from A6 to A77B.
Sites Added 4/21/10 hese sites I found courtesy of Cdgar (aDana’s list) http)**www.scribd.com* O3!>6! E9I I28!"I C"*d*7B4?>>6F http)**www.authorsden.com ! A pretty good site for creating profiles for your books. /rom what I’ve seen so far, it seems to be more a site for readers to follow authors than for authors to connect, but there’s nothing wrong with that! http)**www.fictionweek.com ! his one is more of a newsletter site than networking, but there is a forum in which you can post notifications about your books. hey also have a few e!books available for purchase, but I see no mention of their submission guidelines so I do not know if they are actively looking for e!book submissions or Dust post books by their own writers. he navigation of the site is a little choppy, you will have to use your back button a lot more than one would probably be used to in this day and age. http)**fictionwritersreview.com* ! A review site run for and by writers. unsolicited submissions. hey accept
http)**www.publetariat.com* ! An author’s community specifically designed for independent writers and self!publishers. his site is more geared toward providing articles and information about self!publishing than about marketing for self!publishers, however there is the 3ubletariat Gault, which is a resource they offer for authors and book searchers. (asically, you upload your book to the vault so that publishers, agents, etc. can search through the vault and contact you about making a contract. he first >6 days is free, after that it costs A76*month per listing. However, they have a variety of deals where if your book gets picked up in a certain amount of time your monthly fee gets waved for a defined period. http)**www.bookoven.com* ! A writer’s proDect community. Iainly a good, creative environment to meat other writers and find collaborators. http)**www.thenextbigwriter.com* ! A writer’s community, with membership fees. =ou have the option of AF.B?*mo., A74.B? for three months, or A4B.B?*year. If you have a budget for such things, check it out. I, personally, don’t see the point in paying for one of these sites when there are a hundred free sites that do the exact same thing. (ut if any of you are members and know of any services that this site offers that the other, free sites, don’t I would be happy to print a retraction on that statement. http)**www.authonomy.com* ! A book community run by Harper ;ollins. (efore you can post a profile for your book, you are re,uired to upload at least 76,666 words of the text. "eems like a good place to get noticed by talent seekers, though. 2ot sure what kind of success rates they’ve had, but it definitely can’t hurt, as long as you don’t mind giving out at least 76,666 words for free #most of us here on "cribd have already given
out way more than that for free anyway, so I doubt many of us would have a problem with that%. "ince it’s run by Harper ;ollins, I would suspect that it would be a good way to be noticed by H;, if you’re interested in that publisher. http)**www.published.com* ! Another on!line book directory. It’s free to sign up, but it seems as if their membership program is not yet up and running. Hopefully it will be soon so I can provide some better details about its usability. /ortunately, when you register they do add you to a mailing list to be notified of once the services are available. http)**www.urbis.com* ! Gery simple networking site where you can submit your work to be reviewed and criti,ued by other writers. ook a bit of browsing to figure out how to search through the users database, but other than that it’s a fairly straightforward site to use. he big catch to this site is that if you want to read the reviews other people give to your writings, you have to earn credits by reviewing other people’s works ' not that big a deal in the long run, but if you’re not comfortable with reviewing, the site won’t do you much good as you have to write ,uite a few reviews in order to read Dust one. http)**community.writersdigest.com* ! Another 2ing network site, Dust like the 3ublished Authors 2etwork and (ook Iarketing 2etwork, so it’s very familiar and easy to use. Sites Added 4/22/10 Iore site’s courtesy of Cdgar (aDana’s previously!mentioned list. http)**www.writing.com ! A writer’s community. 2ot as easy to navigate as some of the others, but otherwise a decent resource. Iany of the features also re,uire an upgraded membership. http)**www.fictionwise.com* ! (arnes and 2oble’s e!book publishing company. =ou must have at least 76 previously published titles before they will consider publishing your works. Also, since they do not have an editorial staff and strive for ,uality works over ,uantity your documents must be .ready to publish0 before you contact them ' any submissions that are found to re,uire editing will be reDected. his is actually a plus, I think, when you consider that so many of the self!publishing sites don’t strive for this level of ,uality, and I think that is a big part of why self!publishing has such a negative stigma attached to it at the moment. /ound no mention of what percentage they take, so I guess you have to have your ten titles http)**www.iuniverse.com ! "elf!publishing services company. 3ublishing packages range from A?BB to A4,566. If you have the money to use these companies, great, but the general consensus I have gathered from the self!publishing community is that they are a big ol’ waste of money. o me, the biggest hurdle of being a self!publisher is the fact that you have to do all of your own marketing, and from what I’ve heard these subsidy presses do not do much marketing that’s worth the money you pay them for it. hey’ll send out a couple press releases, send you some marketing materials that you can pass around, but all the real work is still in your hands. /urthermore, I don’t see the point in
paying these people AJ66K upfront when you can go to &u&u, ;reatespace, or one of the other 3O1 services that don’t re,uire any upfront fees. http)**www.fictionpress.com* ! An author site primarily geared toward /an /iction, but it seems as long as you write, you’ll be welcome. Once you sign up, there’s a 5 day waiting period before you can upload anything ' this is to prevent spamming, so they say. http)**www.absolutewrite.com ! his site is primarily a collection of articles about writing. hey accept fiction submissions for reviews, but absolutely refuse to review any self!published*vanity!published*subsidy!published works #I could go into a rant about these sites that claim to be .by authors for authors0 and then stick their noses up at self! published authors, but that would be a whole other article$%. hey do have an author’s forum, but I didn’t explore it too thoroughly, as I suspect that the community would share the site management’s attitude toward self!published authors and I really have no interest in being talked down to Dust because I prefer to take my career into my own hands. here are several do-en other sites out there that welcome and nourish self!publishing. http)**www.tor.com ! "cience fiction site run by or publishers. Has a pretty good author networking section, so if you write sci!fi, this would be a good resource. http)**www.wattpad.com* ! Eriter networking site. 3retty simple to use ' very eclectic range of stories included. &et’s Dust put it this way, the first story on the list when I signed up was .I’m 3regnant with the 8uy I Hate Iost0 shortly followed by .;ame Home to /ind a Hot 8uy in my (ed. E /L!0 1on’t get me wrong, there’s some good stuff up there, too, it Dust seems to be mostly designed*used by young adult readers. http)**www.writing!world.com* ! Iostly articles about writing, but they do have a wall of books by their readers. It costs A5? to AF? to have your book listed on the wall, depending on how long you want the listing to last for. http)**www.booksurge.com ! his site is going to be merging with the aforementioned ;reate"pace. Ama-on is taking over the planet. It will be the next Eal!Iart. 9un while you still can. http)**www.bookpage.com* ! his one is Dust for readers, but they do accept submissions for review, but again they do not accept independently published submissions. http)**www.kobobooks.com ! Another e!book publishing site. your sales. his one takes ?6@ of
http)**www.filedby.com* ! Author networking site designed to connect authors with readers. =ou can’t sign up, however, until you have an I"(2, so it will be a while before I can give any inside feedback on the workings of this site.
Sites Added !/"10 http)**writtenword.ning.com ! One of the 2ing networks that is going to remain after 2ing switches to paid memberships. he creator of the network is going to front the fees so that her members can stay in the network for free ' for the time being, at least. Udate #/7/10 &ike the 3ublished Authors 2etwork, he Eritten Eord 2etwork has fallen victim to 2ing’s charged membership, despite their original statement to the contrary, and have relocated to the "pru- networks. http)**writtenword.spru-.com. http)**authorsforum.net ! A new forum for Authors to network and discuss the many aspects of writing. he only rule of the forum is, basically, to be civil and polite. As long as you abide by that policy, you’re welcome. http)**www.shoutlife.com ! In essence, a more family!friendly version of /acebook, Iy"pace, etc. Ehen you sign up, you have the option of signing up as an author, musician, etc. (e forewarned, although it does not state so explicitly anywhere in the site’s official description, the community itself seems to be very fundamentalist! orientated #I ran across at least one group whose entire purpose was to discuss the evils of Harry Potter and urging people to pray for M< 9owling so that the 1evil may loosen his hold over her soul% so if that kinda thing is a turn!off to you, you might wish to stay clear. Sites Added #/7/10 http)**hubpages.com ! his site has a very intriguing concept. (asically, it is a collection of user!created pages #hubs%, that are anything from announcements, advertisements, essays, articles, and beyond. Ehat separates Hub 3ages from other similar sites is that it actually offers you the opportunity to make some extra money off of the advertisements on your hubs, which is pretty darn cool, in my honest opinion. http)**www.credyn.com ! his is a relatively new site, that is still largely in development, but it shows real promise. At the moment, it is a similar concept to Nrbis, but there are many improvements over Nrbis, in my opinion. /or one thing, unlike on Nrbis, you don’t have to write reviews in order to read reviews of your works. Instead, to encourage users to participate, you can reward reviewers with credits #;re3oints%. At the moment, it appears that the only thing you can redeem your ;re3oints for is to upgrade to the 3aid Account settings when you reach 5666 ;re3oints, but I assume that there will be more things you can use your points for as the site develops. hey also have several contests that you can enter, you do have to pay a small fee to enter, but 46@ of those fees go to charity, and the remaining J6@ funds the contests, so it’s not an unreasonable deal at all. hey are also in the works of setting up a Iarketplace to sell hard and soft copies of books, so that also has potential to be a very promising tool for authors. he creators of the site are very devoted to making a community of authors for authors, and are open to suggestions from that community to improve the site as they continue to develop it, so now is the time to get involved here!!!
hat’s all I’ve got for now, but rest assured I will be updating this list as I continue my search! If anyone has any other sites to recommend, please let me know and I’ll check them out!!!! (est, Iark "heldon http)**noricin.webs.com http)**www.facebook.com*pages* he!2oricin!;hronicles!O//I;IA&!/an! 3age*>OBO567JO7FO
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