iAuthor Book Promotion Platform is Helping Readers Discover Our Books
This week I became a member of a website I stumbled on called: iAuthor and I’m hoping that their book promotion platform can help more readers discover my new book.
“Skipping Childhood: A Novel” was released this past December and the book could use some exposure, not to mention some reviews. I found a post about the iAuthor website on Twitter and when I went to check it out, it definitely seemed like a worthwhile site to join.
About iAuthor Membership
Joining and listing your books with iAuthor is FREE, however, they also offer a 7-Day Ad Premium feature. While I only signed up for the website membership today, I do plan on paying the 14.99 in the near future so I can review the ad service. Notice the website’s record of previous traffic and history, as well as the facts I’ve posted about their benefits and services.
- 3 million page-views since launch
- 9 million engaged minutes since launch
- 20% monthly growth rate
- 133,000 FB / Twitter combined social media reach
- 144 countries across 5 continents
- iAuthor is a discovery platform ONLY (no book sells involved)
- Amazon’s KDP Select books can be listed with iAuthor without a conflict (no book sells involved)
- You can upload your book trailer to your page
- Select from “Themes” to Add your books to
- Duplicate title listings are not allowed
PREMIUM 7-Day Ad Service
- 14.99 (per book) for seven continuous days
- Pay fee in currency of choice
- Pay fee on any device
The following stats and statements were taken directly from the iAuthor website so readers can get an even better idea about the website’s reach.
Your book adverts will appear throughout the iAuthor website, “elegantly rotated across” the following:
- 13,600+ book profiles:
- 15,000+ user profiles
- 4200+ book samples
Now here are some facts about my experience thus far with joining the site and the signup process.
Joining the Site
Once you sign up to join the site, the page redirects to where you’re told to “Add a Book”, however there is no link displayed for you to do so.
FYI: The “Add a Book” link can be found by clicking the tab with your name (upper right corner). Just select it from the drop down box of options.
- Avatar profile (photo) size: 200 x 200 pixels
- Image if you “Create a THEME: 2800 x 1600 pixels
So far, I’ve only used the platform to promote my current novel. Because it is a hybrid of multiple genres, this has made the book practically buried when it comes to Reader discovery. That is why I am hoping iAuthor can be of assistance. Their company’s tag line is: “Book Discovery Re-invented” so we’ll just have to see how they do with getting my book discovered.
iAuthor Book Themes
A really good thing about iAuthor is how they encourage authors to join the site’s existing themes, as well as creating their own. This is an awesome opportunity to call attention to particular book characteristics, something you cannot do effectively on other sites. For instance, among several other themes, I listed my book in “Books that lay bare the human condition” because it deals with child abuse. There are also “just women protagonist” themes, or “themes for mixed genres”, not to mention any other specifics you want to target.
I even created my own theme: Kids Who Kill and now it is available for other authors that have books about kids who kill. Pretty cool right? This enables readers to narrow down their searches to precisely the types of books that they want, something a “broad category listing” won’t help them do.
There are important options to take advantage of when you click the drop down box, to get you started. Don’t neglect your chance to complete an Author Profile. I added my books first (just in case I didn’t have time to do anything else afterwards), but then I proceeded to return to the drop down menu and take advantage of the profile creation option.
Filling in your profile enables you to give details about yourself, your inspiration and other interesting author information. This can be a beneficial advantage you have over the author who fails to complete their profile.
Readers enjoy this kind of “behind the scenes” reading and they will often follow an author for that very reason. So don’t hesitate to share and allow your readers to get to know you. I used to dread filling out these useful resource boxes every time I signed up somewhere. Now, I stop dreading the necessity to fill out profiles and bios, and instead, I look forward to the opportunity.
Appearance of Pages
I found this website very easy to sign up with and just as easy to navigate. I particularly like how the clean simplistic look of things makes the site look uncluttered, yet the book layout pages still manage to be extremely appealing. I just had to take a screenshot of my “Skipping Childhood” book page. It’s very clever how they display another author’s book right next to mine, but if you happen to touch either of the book images, the other book will be covered by a highlighted block of text describing the image you’re viewing. This way, it’s attractive and effective and it allows each of the books on display an opportunity to dominate the space. Notice the screenshots.
Both books Displayed
Now just my book Displayed
Just the other book Displayed
If you’re a new or existing author (self-published or otherwise), you should check this site out for yourself. And be sure to return here for future posts about my continued experiences with the iAuthor site. You can watch for another related post by the first week in February.