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Book Exclusives

Smith Publicity

Smith Publicity

Since 1997, Smith Publicity has forged a reputation as one of the finest book marketing agencies in the industry to help authors establish their brands and spark book sales. They have promoted thousands of books from New York Times bestsellers to first time self-published projects.

Smith Publicity invites you to visit their website www.SmithPublicity.com and sign up for their book publicity tips newsletter. BookBaby authors receive a free marketing and publicity consultation, so feel free to contact them at info@SmithPublicity.com or 856-489-8654 to brainstorm ideas to help you with your book marketing goals.
Learn more about Smith Publicity.

MasterWriter

MasterWriter

MasterWriter is the premier writing software built specifically for authors. Used by renowned writers William Peter Blatty, Bob Zemeckis, Andrew Davis, Paul Brickman, Peter Seaman, MasterWriter is a writer’s best friend.

As a BookBaby author you receive a free trial of MasterWriter as well as an exclusive savings of $15 on a one-year membership, or $20 on a two-year membership, making MasterWriter super affordable for writers at any level.
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Bookarma

Bookarma

Tired of marketing your book all by yourself? Social media is the primary vehicle to get the word out and yet, your reach goes only as far as your own network. Bookarma is a new mechanism where authors help other authors market their books globally through shared social media.

Now you can break through the boundaries of your own social networks, and for $15 per month you can reach an entirely new audience! It’s a simple concept. Authors help authors. What goes around, comes around. It’s Karma – Bookarma! Use the coupon code BookBaby at checkout! Learn more about Bookarma.

PR Newswire

PR Newswire

Creating and distributing your press release is fast and easy with PR Newswire. It’s easy to create and upload your press release and they will be instantly distributed through the vast PR Newswire network. Press releases are an important element in your book marketing mix, and PR Newswire helps you spread your news far and wide!

As a BookBaby author you receive a 10% discount on press release distribution from PR Newswire. Learn more about PR Newswire.

Book Promotion

Goodreads

Goodreads

Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers and book recommendations. Since we started in 2007, we’ve grown to more than 30 million members, with 900 million books added and 24 million reviews. Every second, Goodreads members add 5 books to their “want to read” shelves. More than 100,000 authors have joined the Goodreads Author Program to take advantage of the promotional tools Goodreads offers to reach a wide network of passionate readers. www.goodreads.com

BookGrabbr

BookGrabbr

BookGrabbr is a marketing platform where social sharing holds a certain amount of currency in the world of reading.

BookGrabbr’s system prompts authors to choose a portion of their book to share as a “sneak peek”. Readers then read that content in exchange for sharing it. Then those readers’ friends will be invited to do the same all the way down the social ladder! BookGrabbr facilitates all of this for authors and their readers in a very seamless process and analytics are provided to authors in real time.

After reading the previews, readers are all prompted to purchase a full copy of the book, thus increasing sales and brand awareness for all authors! Find out more here.

Circle of Seven Productions

Circle of Seven Productions

Circle of Seven Productions (a.k.a. COS Productions) is the leading producer and distributor of book trailers. Having a great video is just half of what you need to capture the attention of your audience. You need to find the right audience. Not only does COS Productions create video and offer social media marketing packages, but we provide distribution service of book video to reader groups, media, librarians, book bloggers and genre-specific sites. Outreach to readers with entertaining book video is our specialty. www.cosproductions.com

Riffle

Riffle

Riffle offers two services for BookBaby authors, Riffle Books and Riffle Select. Riffle Books will put books at the center of daily digital conversations. Our social network Riffle Books (rifflebooks.com) can be used as a platform to promote your titles. Riffle Select is instant access to free and specially discounted ebooks, delivered to your inbox. Our daily deal email Riffle Select (rifflebooks.com/select) is a great way to send your book to a dedicated list of subscribers in your category. www.rifflebooks.com

Bublish

Bublish

Accelerate your book marketing success with Bublish. Bublish’s powerful, award-winning suite of creation and social marketing tools is used by thousands of writers around the world to share stories, reach new readers, track engagement and build a dynamic author brand that drives book sales. www.bublish.com

NoiseTrade Books

NoiseTrade Books

NoiseTrade is a tribe-building platform where authors and publishers meaningfully connect with readers through the exchange of free ebooks and audiobooks for email addresses and postal codes. Whether you’re a self-published author or a major publisher, NoiseTrade is the best way to build your audience and turn casual readers into customers. books.noisetrade.com

BookLemur

BookLemur

Do you want to get your eBook in front of thousands of readers who are hungry for new and interesting titles? BookLemur eBook promotions are sent by email to thousands of readers every day. Featuring your eBook promotion with BookLemur will increase downloads and sales for new and existing titles, which also boosts your eBook rankings.

Here’s what author, Cyndie Shaffstall, said about her experience, “My eBook made it to the number one position in its genre in just four days. BookLemur gets kudos from me for helping me attain that and is now a leader in my book campaigns.”

All BookBaby authors save 10% on a BookLemur eBook listing when using coupon code BOOKBABY10, click here to get started.

Book Reviews

Readers’ Favorite

Readers’ Favorite

Readers' Favorite is the fastest growing book review and award contest site on the Internet. We have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster and Harper Collins, and have received the Best Websites for Authors and Honoring Excellence awards from the Association of Independent Authors. In addition to providing free reviews for authors we also host a respected annual international book award contest to help authors obtain more recognition and exposure. www.readersfavorite.com

Story Cartel

Story Cartel

Story Cartel harnesses the virtually unlimited power of readers producing crowd-sourced reviews that go straight to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, blogs and more. www.storycartel.com

Self-Publishing Review

Self-Publishing Review

Self-Publishing Review offers professional self-published book review packages and indie book editing services from less than $1 a page, as well as featuring news and resources on the self-publishing process. SPR, founded in 2008 in LA, has a staff of professional reviewers and editors from the US and UK. With 170,000 views a month and nearly 40,000 social followers, SPR has been cited by The Guardian UK and The NYT as a top resource for indie authors. www.selfpublishingreview.com

BlueInk Review

BlueInk Review

Writing "The End" is just the beginning...Now build an audience with a professional book review. Self-publishers face an uphill battle finding readers. Greatly increase your chances with an objective review. Our critics have written for The New York Times, Washington Post and more; others have edited at top publishing houses including Viking and Crown. BlueInk’s widely syndicated reviews are taken seriously by readers and book professionals. BookBaby authors receive a $75 discount using coupon code D7G4. www.blueinkreview.com

IndieReader

IndieReader

IndieReader’s team of professional reviewers boasts a range of background and experience and includes journalists, teachers and librarians, as well as published writers. Whether your book is a vampire love story, a sci-fi action adventure or a memoir, we make every effort to match your book’s genre to the interest of our reviewers. Your finished review will be posted to the IndieReader site, where it will be seen by book-lovers, bookstore buyers and publishing professionals, as well as being available for purchase. IndieReader is offering Bookbaby authors an additional 15% off our already low prices (almost 1/2 that of like services). Sign up here and enter authorsfifteen at check out. www.indiereader.com

PR Services

PR by the Book

PR by the Book

PR by the Book is a boutique publicity firm specializing in traditional media relations, online media relations, social media services, book tour support, and brand consulting. PR by the Book believes in long-term impact that goes beyond the book, using every outreach tool at their disposal, they’ll connect your message to your audience, creating a personal brand that’s built to last. www.prbythebook.com

Writing Software

AutoCrit

AutoCrit

Become a better writer - guaranteed! AutoCrit combines the research of thousands of bestselling novels with feedback from authors, agents, and publishers in an easy-to-use tool designed to make good writers great.

Learn more about how you can utilize AutoCrit to polish your manuscript while saving time, money, and frustration in their free ebook: The Secret Formula to Publishing a Bestselling Novel

Write Brothers Inc.

Write Brothers Inc.

Write Brothers Inc. is a world leader in developing software products for writers and has been since 1982. It is the only company with software for all phases of writing: creativity, brainstorming, outlining, and formatting. Its top-selling Movie Magic Screenwriter and Dramatica Story Expert, Word Menu, and Outline 4D (formerly StoryView) writing programs are used by leading novelists, fiction writers, screenwriters, and playwrights. Thousands of novels, stage plays, comic scripts, and Hollywood films and TV shows have been written and produced with Write Brothers software. www.screenplay.com

Literature and Latte - Scrivener Writing Software

Scrivener

Literature & Latte was founded in 2007 with the sole purpose of creating software that aids in the creative process of writing long texts. Our flagship product, Scrivener, is an award-winning program used by acclaimed authors, Hollywood and independent filmmakers and countless authors in professional and academic fields. www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener

Crowd Funding

Publishizer

Publishizer

Publishizer is a book marketing platform for authors. Launch a preorders campaign or book marketing campaign at publishizer.com

Contests & Events

National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. On November 1, participants begin working towards the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by 11:59 p.m. on November 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination, and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought fleetingly about writing a novel. www.nanowrimo.org

Indie Author Day

Indie Author Day

Join as libraries across North America host local Indie Author Day events on October 14th, 2017. This event is designed to bring local writing communities together in their libraries to participate in author panels, book readings and signings, workshops, presentations and more. Then, at 2 pm EST everyone will join a digital gathering featuring Q&A with writers, agents and industry leaders that will bring together the larger indie community. Get involved!

Book Break Through

Book Break Through

Publishing is more accessible than ever, but the path to creating and launching the right book at the right time, in the right way is more confusing than ever before. Book Breakthrough is a transformational online course designed to help you find the best path for YOUR idea, book and business. It offers cutting-edge advice from top NYC publishing insiders and bestselling authors, along with the proven models you need to succeed in today’s competitive marketplace. www.bookbreakthrough.com

Knowledge & Resources

Scribophile

Scribophile

Scribophile is one of the world's largest independent online writing communities. We're based on thoughtful, respectful, and supportive peer critique of your writing--you'll get feedback on your writing that'll actually help you make it better.

Our forums are busy seven days a week with writers of all skill levels and walks of life talking shop and helping each other improve. If you're just starting out, we have an extensive library of free writing resources and tutorials. Basically we're the place you want to be if you want to become a better writer, while hanging out with other awesome writers too. Come join the Scribophile writing community at http://www.scribophile.com

BiblioCrunch

BiblioCrunch

BiblioCrunch is an award-winning author services marketplace that matches authors with quality, award-winning professionals to get your books and apps to market. The platform brokers the interaction between a community of rated and reviewed publishers, authors, designers, editors, proofreaders, conversion specialists, marketers and enhanced eBook experts to help create exceptional digital books. www.bibliocrunch.com

The Writing Renegade

The Writing Renegade

At The Writing Renegade, we’re dedicated to the education and success of writers of any age and at any level of achievement. We offer great tips, tools, and training. Training is delivered as PDFs, audio, video, online courses, live webinars, and one-on-one consultations. We’ll help you get your book started or back on track (whichever the case may be) and help you create the best book you’re capable of producing—NOW. Not “next year.” Not “one day.” Four-part video course will jumpstart your writing; get the course for FREE just for signing up here. thewritingrenegade.com

World Lit Café

World Lit Café

The World Literary Cafe bridges the gap between readers and authors, with the mission of paying-it-forward in the literary field. The WLC offers helpful promotions to authors, reviewers, bloggers, and editors by creating avenues to bring them together under one umbrella. The educational arm of the WLC, Fostering Success, brings authors affordable and effective courses on book marketing, creating a strong platform and online presence, and self-publishing, as well as offering pre-publication services such as cover art and formatting. www.worldliterarycafe.com

Self-Pub Boot Camp

Self-Pub Boot Camp

Self-Pub Boot Camp is an educational series of blogs, how-to guides and online workshops by longtime self-publishing expert Carla King. She offers affordable coaching to help you do it yourself or you can use her team to assist with tasks like editing and design, websites, blogs, social media setup and distribution. A self-published author since 1995, Carla is recognized as one of the most trusted self-publishing experts in the industry. www.selfpubbootcamp.com

HelpUpub

HelpUpub

Deciding to independently self-publish your book does not mean you you have to do it all yourself. In order to produce a well polished book it takes a team of professionals. You've spent a lot of quality time putting your story into words, now find others who can help you make your story into a commercially prepared book. HelpUpub is a directory of publishing service providers, like cover designers and copy editors, that makes it easy for authors to find those specialists they need to make their book ready for publishing. helpupub.com/bookbaby

TrainingAuthors.com

TrainingAuthors.com

At TrainingAuthors.com, we love helping authors succeed in writing, publishing, and marketing their books. Download our free training “Building a Book Marketing Plan” ($27 value) when you sign up here.

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