Jack Humphrey always “rags on” people for sharing cat pictures just to share them, but my cats are my author helpers!
Follow your B.L.I.S.S.!
And she has NOTHING but a book.
This excellent post byis aterrific resource to help you understand the power of the FUNNEL.
Please read it and JOIN THE CONVERSATION to share the insights you gained.
Follow your B.L.I.S.S.!
Reshared post from +Alexander von Ness
Be a smarter publisher!
Smart writers who know how to build their catalog around funnels will always make more money directly with their words than writers who publish their work using the old “hope and pray” business plan
100% of Independent Publishers Who Do This Will Sell More of Their Work
Most self-publishing authors aren’t thinking in terms of building product funnels when they write their books and stories, but that’s a mistake.
Follow your B.L.I.S.S.!
Reshared post from +Adrienne Smith
Read, enjoy, apply, and join in the conversation!
Follow your B.L.I.S.S.!
Reshared post from +We First
Great tips on how to create relevant, interesting, but ethical content!
10 Steps to Ethical Content Curation
Content – Compared with the creation of original content, curation can be a faster and easier way to generate content. But bad curation can damage your brand’s credibility and potentially lead to …
Who doesn’t love a good read? As an author, you can get a lot of ideas, plus see examples of how to do something and how NOT to do it when you read other people’s books. Here is a great list of places where you can get free Kindle books to read in your free Kindle app or Kindle Reader.
25 Places to Get Free Kindle Books
he Best Sites to Download Free Ebooks for Your Kindle
By Stacy Fisher
It’s easier than you think to get free Kindle books, you just need to know where to look. The websites below are great places to visit and each website will walk you through the process of finding and downloading the free Kindle book that you want to start reading.
If you don’t have a Kindle, no worries because there is a free Kindle reading app that you can get for your browser, smart phone, or tablet. After you’ve installed the app then you are all ready to get your free Kindle books.
Tip: If you see a free Kindle book that you want then get it as soon as you can. Prices often change and it’s difficult to tell how long the book will remain free. When downloading a free Kindle book on Amazon verify that the book is still free by making sure the price is $0.00. If it lists a price or says “read for free” or has a price for prime members the book is not free anymore.
Where do you like to go to download free Kindle books? Come let me know on Google+.
Are you a Nook owner instead? Get some free Nook books for your ereader. There are also free audio books out there for those of you who want to listen instead of read. There are lots of other ways to get free books as well.
New to Ebooks? Read my How to Get Free Ebooks for everything you need to know like what device they’ll work on, how to get them transferred, and much more.
The first place I suggest going to for free Kindle books is straight to the source – Amazon. Here you’ll find hundreds of free ebooks (.azw files) that can be downloaded and sent straight to your Kindle.
Here you’ll find a list of the top 100 free Kindle books. You can also click on a category to view the top 100 free kindle books in each of the genres.
You can also browse Amazon’s limited-time free Kindle books to find out what books are free right now and you can sort this list by popularity, review, and publication date.
2. Pixel of Ink
Pixel of Ink is a great place to go to find free Kindle books that may only be free for a limited time. Each day there are hundreds of new free Kindle ebooks and they sort through them to bring you the best books in all different types of subjects.
You won’t want to miss out on the free Kindle books posted at Pixel of Ink and you won’t have to either. They offer daily emails or you can connect with them through Facebook or Twitter. They even have a Kindle delivered blog.
When you use the links on Pixel of Ink, you’ll be led to Amazon where you can download the free ebooks in .azw file format especially for Kindles.
Pixel of Ink doesn’t stop there either, they have Inspired Reads where you can get free Christian kindle books.
If your public library has a subscription to Overdrive then you can borrow free Kindle books from your library just how you’d check out a paper book. Use the Library Search to find out which libraries near you offer Overdrive.
Just like with library books, when you checkout an ebook from Overdrive you’ll only be loaned it for a few weeks and then it will automatically be taken off your Kindle.
You can find out more details about using the public library to get free Kindle books if you’d like more information on how the process works.
If your library doesn’t have a subscription to Overdrive or you’re looking for some more free Kindle books then BookLending is a similar service where you can borrow and lend books for your Kindle without going through a library.
After you register at BookLending (which is free) you’ll have the ability to borrow books that other individual’s are loaning or loan one of your Kindle books. Kindle books can only be loaned once so if you see a title you want, get it before it’s gone.
The free Kindle books here can be borrowed for 14 days and then will be automatically returned to the owner at that time.
eReaderIQ may look like your typical free ebook site but they actually have a lot of extra features that makes it a go to place when you’re looking for free Kindle books.
At eReaderIQ all the free Kindle books are updated hourly meaning you won’t have to miss out on any of the limited-time offers. In fact, you can even get notified when new books from Amazon are added.
Browsing books at eReaderIQ is a breeze because you can filter your results by newest, ratings, reviews, thumbs up, author, title, and file size. You can even set it to show only new books that have been added since you last visited.
There are almost 40,000 free Kindle books that you can download at Project Gutenberg.
Use the search box to find a specific book or browse through the detailed categories to find your next great read. You can also view the free Kindle books here by top downloads or recently added.
You’ll be able to download the books at Project Gutenberg as .mobi, .epub, or .PDF files for your Kindle.
Hundred Zeros is very easy to use and has a clean look to it which makes it really easy to quickly scan the free Kindle book offerings.
You can browse through the ebook subjects or use the search box to find your next free Kindle book.
There’s a new book listed at least once a day but often times there are many listed in one day and you can download one or all of them.
If you’re looking for free children’s Kindle books then there’s a separate section for that making it very easy to find what’s new for kids.
Browse the free ebooks by authors, titles, genres, or languages and then download the book as Kindle (.azw) file or another file type if you prefer.
10. Open Library
They seem to specialize in classic literature and you can search by keyword or browse by subjects and authors.
Each book can be downloaded in a variety of file formats but you can’t go wrong using the Send to Kindle feature.
You can search by genre and even keyword to sift through the free Kindle books that are available. Large covers of the Kindle books covers makes it especially easy to quickly scroll through and stop to read the descriptions of books that you’re interested in.
OneHundredFreeBooks.com also has a blog that showcases the latest and greatest free Kindle books if you’d rather not spend the time sorting through the collection.12. FreeBooksHub.com
The blog at FreeBooksHub.com highlights newly available free Kindle books along with the Amazon rating and book description. Having these details right on the blog is what really sets FreeBooksHub.com apart and make it a great place to visit for free Kindle books.
13. DigiLibrariesDigiLibraries gathers up free Kindle books from independent authors and publishers. You can download these free Kindle books directly from their website.
My favorite part DigiLibraries, is that you can click on any of the categories on the left side of the page to quickly see free Kindle books that only fall into that category. It really makes quick work of narrowing down to find what I’m looking for.
14. Kindle Buffet
Kindle Buffet is updated each day with the best of the best free Kindle books available from Amazon.
Each day’s list of new free Kindle books includes a top recommendation with an author profile and then is followed by more free books that include the genre, title, author, and synopsis.
15. World Library
Click on the cover of the free Kindle book and you’ll find a download link, synopsis, rating, review, and the best part – a preview of the first part of the book so you can get a look before you go to the trouble of downloading it.
My favorite feature of Shelfbuzz is they give you one link that takes you over to Amazon where you can view all the free ebooks at once.
17. Freebook Sifter
Besides each of these free ebook titles you can quickly see the rating of the book from Amazon along with the number of ratings. This makes it really easy to find the most popular free ebooks.
18. The eReader Cafe
Daily email subscriptions are also available if you don’t want to check their site everyday.19. iLoveEbooks.com
Each free Kindle book posting has a description, cover photo, and direct download link for the book.
DailyCheapReads.com has daily posts on the latest free Kindle books available for download at Amazon.
They also have a Jr. Edition so you can find the latest free ebooks for your children and teens.
21. eBooks Habit
eBooks Habit promises to feed your free ebooks addiction with multiple posts everyday that summarizes the free kindle books available.
The free kindle book listings include a full description of the book as well as a photo of the cover.
PixelScroll lists free Kindle ebooks everyday that include genre listings as well as the Amazon rating score.
PixelScroll also lists all kinds of other free goodies like free apps, videos, and MP3s.
BookBub is another website that will keep you updated on free Kindle books that are currently available.
Click on any book title and you’ll get a synopsis and photo of the book cover. Links to where you can download the book for free are included to make it easy to get your next free ebook.
You can search for free Kindle books at Free-eBooks.net by browsing through fiction and non-fiction categories or by viewing a list of the top 10 free ebooks.
You’ll need to be a member of Free-eBooks.net to download the books but membership is free.
The Kindle Owners’ Lending Library has over 145,000 free Kindle books available directly from Amazon. This is a lending process so you will only be able to borrow the book, not keep it.
Although this program is free, you’ll need to be an Amazon Prime member to take advantage of it. If you’re not a member you can sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime or wait until they offer free subscriptions which they do from time to time for special groups of people like moms or students.
That’s a great list. Thanks Stacy Fisher
Authors: When you list YOUR Free Kindle Books during a KDP Select promotion, there are literally dozens of places to which you can submit. That’s another conversation for another day.
If you are an author and you want help with all aspects of your authoring journey, you can join the Awakened Author Premium Membership for 7 days free. Begin free now.
Follow your B.L.I.S.S.!
Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady
#1 bestselling author, speaker and mentor5, today helping you find free Kindle books!
All you get in blog comments is junky, spammy comments from bots or "link bait whores" (people just trying to scam a backlink).
You can get rid of that junk once and for all when you come to this FAST (30 minute) hangout
Youll learn how to
* eliminate those nasty spam comments
* getting high quality comments.
* using plugins that entice your audience.
The link is http://WriteOnPurpose.com/stopspam.
Be sure to mark the date and time in your calendar.
Wednesday, Dec. 3 at noon Eastern.
Click "going" and this event will save to your Google Calendar.
you'll find out
Follow your B.L.I.S.S.!
No doubt you’ve seen those images packed with useful information, cool quotes, surprising stats, etc. Those are infographics, and they can definitely help you increase traffic to your blog AND build your author platform.
I found this fantastic article article by Shelley Hitz, and I hope you find it as useful as I do! Be sure to bookmark this article and/or send it to your Kindle app or device.
Stick with me after this great share for some additional tips and ideas on using infographics.
How to Design Infographics and Use them to Increase Blog Traffic
What Are Infographics?
Infographics are simply graphics that contain some type of information.
Pretty simple, right?
So why should we even consider creating infographics as part of our marketing plan?
Image from “How to Design Infographics” on Training Authors.com
Why Design Infographics?
- Easily Scanned and Consumed – in our busy culture, infographics allow us to put information into a quickly consumed graphic.
- Potential to go Viral – infographics are easily shared on social media and have the potential to go viral when done correctly.
- Can Increase Traffic to Your Blog – some people may link back to your blog post, embed your infographic with a link back to your site or check out the URL embedded in the graphic.
- Brand Awareness – when you include your logo and name on the infographic, it can also increase your brand awareness.
- Can Elevate You as an Expert – sharing an infographic that contains research on your topic/niche can show you as the expert.
Types of Infographics for Authors
- Statistics – this is probably the most common type of infographic. Think about the type of statistics that might be of interest to your target audience. Then, take a few hours and do the research to gather those statistics to share in your infographic.
- Tutorials – you can share a step-by-step process within your infographic. For example, cookbook authors could share a tutorial about “how to cook _____” (you fill in the blank). Most nonfiction authors should be able to come up with a topic that they could share in this way.
- Character Profiles – fiction authors can create character profiles in an infographic format. Make sure to include a picture of your character within the infographic.
- Quotes – this is probably the easiest type of infographic to create. You can share popular quotes from your own books or research related quotes to your book or topic.
- Information for a Book Launch – use a creative infographic during your book launch to share about your book, bonuses, time frame, etc.
Tips on Creating the Best Infographics
- Make it Vertical – Neil Patel found “vertical graphics are tweeted 28.9% more and are 41.7% more likely to be embedded into other websites.”
- Create a Compelling Headline – If your headline is boring or uninteresting, your work researching and designing the infographic will go to waste. Here is a free online healine creator that may help get your creative juices flowing: http://www.portent.com/tools/title-maker
- Include Your Logo and/or URL – You don’t want to miss this opportunity for branding and/or traffic to your blog. Make sure that you include your website or blog URL somewhere within the infographic. And if you have a logo, considering including it as well.
- Post a HTML Share Code – This can be placed underneath the graphic to allow easy sharing on other blogs. For WordPress sites, you can use a plugin like this: http://wordpress.org/plugins/embed-code-generator. Or you can use text area HTML code to post the share code.
- Use Complimentary Colors – Make your infographic stand out with colors that look good together!
- Make Sure it is Readable – Use large fonts so that your text is readable when scanned.
Infographic Design Tools
Option #1: Outsourcing
The most expensive option is to hire a graphic designer. Here are a couple of places to find designers…
- 99 Designs (from $599 and up) – they have a specific section just for infographics.
- Elance.com - you will need to post a new job and then choose from the designers that bid for it.
Option #2: Use DIY Templates
Personally, this is my favorite option as it allows flexibility in your design and creation without the huge expense.
- Infographics.li – 100+ templates (I personally own them, use them and recommend them.) If you purchase the package through our affiliate link, we’ll also give you an additional 20 infographic templates. In fact, I used one of the templates in our bonus package for the infographic on this post. I simply edited it with my information and changed a few of the graphics. If you don’t personally have the time or graphic design skills to edit these templates, you can hire someone on Fiverr.com for $5 to do it for you!
Here are a couple of places to find additional icons to include in your templates. Make sure to note their license restrictions.
Option #3: Free Online Infographic Editors
Free 21-page PDF Report
We have put together a tutorial for you on using these free infographic design tools. Download our 21 page report for FREE, ”How to Easily Create Infographics Using Free Tools Online.”
Where to Submit Infographics
Once you create your infographic, your work is only 50% done. The rest of your time should be spent posting your infographics online.
Here are a few places you can submit infographics:
- Your Blog – create a blog post to showcase your new infographic!
- Social Media – you can post your infographic on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, etc.
- Blogger Outreach – I love this idea! Check out Neil Patel’s sample e-mail that usually gets 8% response here.
- Infographic Submission Sites – Here is a list of 100 submission sites you can use: http://infographicsonline.com/submit-infographics-100-infographic-submission-sites/
Thanks for that fabulous resource, Shelley!
Just as posting a book on Amazon doesn’t mean people will fall over themselves to come and buy it, posting an infographic alone is not an automatic traffic button!
Increasing blog traffic from your graphic entails actively SHARING it and engaging with people. Here are some ways to get people talking.
Want more help along your author journey?
Writing is a lonely pursuit, but being a successful author requires support! You’ll get help with all aspects of being an author as an Awakened Author Adventure Premium Member, and you can get started right now absolutely FREE.
This membership includes a private group for getting answers, feedback and support. You also join a live weekly call, and get a brief audio message each weekday to keep you moving.
Begin YOUR Adventure now at WriteOnPurpose.com/adventure
Follow your B.L.I.S.S.!
Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady
#1 bestselling author, speaker and mentor, helping you build your author platform!
This quote is part of the Ultimate Guide to Gratitude and Thanksgiving http://writeonpurpose.com/thanksgiving, and you're most welcome to add your own inspirations!
Follow your B.L.I.S.S.!
welcome to the Awakened Author Adventure free writing podcast, where visionaries like you come for resources, tools and direction to help you write, publish and share your life-changing book!
Each week you get help in 1 of the 5 keys to author success in the BLISS Butterfly System, including how to write a book, book marketing help and more.
Your guide on this adventure is #1 best selling author, speaker and mentor Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady, (namely me). I’m PASSIONATE about turning world-changers into bestselling authors with grace, joy and ease.
Today’s teaching comes from the second S in the BLISS System for publishing – which is all about SERVING your audience well.
This is the Friday audio message which Awakened Author Premium Members share with you as a FREE listener. It’s your peek behind the curtain into making your dreams come true for your book and beyond!
Being an author is about much more than just writing books. If you are to have the biggest possible reach and greater financial rewards from your efforts, you need to have other products and services to offer besides your book. These can be programs, workshops or products that you create OR ones offered by trusted entrepreneurs that you feel great about sharing with your audience for a commission. (AKA Affiliate products and programs).
Whatever you offer, it must first and foremost serve your audience.
The theme for this week for Premium Members is all about the power of gratitude and appreciation to help you in all aspects of your author journey.
The free Awakened Author Toolbar makes SO many things easier for authors. You
Download it free now at WriteOnPurpose.com/toolbar.
It’s important to CELEBRATE all of the steps along your path, not just being published.
Celebrating helps you acknowledge and feel gratitude for all you accomplish. Don’t just celebrate the BIG stuff…
Celebrate things like:
Well done, Debra!
If you are viewing this article on a site other than WriteOnPurpose.com and don’t see the player, simply go to WriteOnPurpose.com/28 to hear it.
What’s your most burning question about writing, publishing, blogging, social media, book marketing, mindset, storytelling, product creation, author platform – ANY aspect of being an author?
Your question along with your name and website.could be featured in an upcoming episode of the Awakened Author Adventure. Simply go to the Question Page and ask a question now.
Subscribe in iTunes
Subscribe in Stitcher Radio
Windows 8 phone – I don’t have a link, but you can search!
Want to share this podcast with your peeps? tweet the show now - and thanks! I will reply to everyone who tweets the show using this pre-filled message.
Here’s what you’re missing if you’re not a Premium Member
Here’s what you’re missing if you’re are not YET a Premium member…
Current Premium Members – Get all your member benefits when you login.
Free Listeners – Come back next week for your next Awakened Author Adventure free writing podcast!
Come back each week for direction, resources and inspiration to help you write, publish and share your life-changing message.
OH and if you’re a member, you can get 2 gifts just for logging in. Just login , go to the Member’s Home (Bliss Central), and scroll down to “Extras.” You’ll get a couple free goodies.
Follow your B.L.I,S,S.!
#1 bestselling author, mentor and speaker
This week helping you with gratitude, appreciation and product creation!
shares this excellent article to help you create a more vivid experience for the reader.
Please read it now and share your insights!
Follow your B.L.I.S.S.
Reshared post from +Writer’s Relief
We’re all told to “use the five senses” for evocative description. But most writers miss out on this one key sense without even realizing it.
The Forgotten Fifth Sense: Are You Making Use Of ALL The Senses In Your Writing? – Writer’s Relief, Inc.
Using the five senses in your writing? There’s one sense everyone forgets! Read this to avoid this common writer mistake.