Today, I decided to try to find some free ad sites for the book I have on perma freebie at Smashwords and all it’s distribution destinations, (B & N, iTunes, Sony etc). I found a page full of information about sites offering free advertising for free books, but every single one of them refuses to list books that are not at Amazon.
Now, all my books are listed at Amazon, but the site won’t allow me to list them as free. I think it’s racist, because I’m from the UK and Amazon won’t allow non-usa books to be listed as free. This sucks but there’s nothing I can do about it, c***s..!
Why this total lack of interest in all of the other millions of free books out there that just happen to be free at sites other than Asshole-azon? This is a niche that needs filling, and quick.
Another thing that bothers me, is that most of the sites also demand that your book has a certain number of reviews. The lowest demanded was 4, the highest, 20. Readers just don’t leave reviews anymore, and most indie authors (and some trads) are paying for reviews, either directly or by issuing bribes such as giving away Asshole-azon vouchers, kindles and even tacky home spun jewellery made out of old coke cans and spit. No one but indie authors takes any notice of reviews anymore, poor dears.
It’s a good job I didn’t start writing because I wanted to make money or get famous, us real genuine writers write because we have to write, not for any egotistical reasons.
There really needs to be a few sites willing to list books other than Asshole-azon books. There must be some folks out there with the technical know how to do it. Even if they charge a couple of dollars to list Smashwords books that don’t have reviews, many of us real writers would be willing to pay a nominal charge.