1. iAuthor Top of the list and one of the newer sites around, is iAuthor. Very easy to use, iAuthor manages to fit everything neatly on one screen, including the promo video if you have one. You can add your book to ‘themes’ ranging from ‘indie books looking for reviewers’ to ‘stories from ‘adventures in far off lands’.
2. Wattpad Much more focused on encouraging creative writing than book promotion, the best way to use Wattpad to build your author platform is to upload the first chapter of your books and encourage readers to take a look and comment. There is a really wide ranging user base catering for every taste.
3. e-novelist E-Novelist is a free platform for writers to connect, share their work and contribute to forums, blogs and groups to share ideas on the writing process, from promotion, to blogging and publishing. It is a simple process to upload book covers and excerpts and the support is excellent.
4. Ganxy Ganxy is a really well thought out campaign-based website where you do all the work for 90% of sales. It only takes a few minutes to set up pages to sell from any website, blog, or even Facebook pages. Ganxy collects payments and can deliver your book in any format to any device, so it looks very future-proof.
5. Smashwords Smashwords is a great way to reach a wider readership, as people can easily download samples of your work in any format. Smashwords is important as it reached all the non-Amazon outlets, such as Apple, Barnes & Noble and Kobo. From your author platform Smashwords can act as another free webpage for new readers to ‘discover’.
Bublish is one of the newest sites and also one of the most innovative, with the idea of ‘book bubbles’ where authors can say something interesting to accompany an excerpt. It’s still in ‘beta’ so they are interested in ideas on how it can be developed, but Bublish is easy to use, as you just follow the prompts on each screen to complete your profile, add a book or create and share ‘book bubbles’. You can create and share unlimited book bubbles and they even add ‘buy’ links for you.
7. AUTHORSdB Another innovative site, AUTORSdB has a weekly list of randomly selected authors and a special Author Spotlight which offer authors useful exposure to new readers.
8. The Writers Room If you take a look at the listed authors you’ll see there are some very well-known writers here, so you’ll be in good company. The Writers Room has a nice feature where readers can learn more about their favourite authors and ask them questions, as well as comment on their books.
9. LibraryThing LibraryThing is an online service to help people catalogue up to 200 books. At the present time there are 11,193 LibraryThing Authors and a community of 1,700,000 ‘book lovers’. It costs nothing to make sure you are listed properly. If you have the time you can also post reviews.
Shelfari is owned by Amazon and is a site where users build ‘virtual bookshelves’ of books they read and they can rate, review, tag and discuss their books. Users can also create groups where other members can join and talk about books, or other topics.