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Read an ebook week this week!


LadyCheck out this site for freebies and encouragement to try the format, if you haven’t already. As for me, I shall be lodged deeply in “On Becoming a Novelist” by John Gardner.

Best thing is that Smashwords will have a full listing of books whose authors are sharing them for the week, often at deep discounts. From the site:

Read an Ebook Week kicks off this Sunday.  Smashwords is again sponsoring the event for the sixth year running.

Thousands of Smashwords authors will offer free and deep-discounted titles starting Sunday March 2 and running through Saturday March 8.

Readers, starting Sunday March 2 Pacific time, the Smashwords catalog of participating titles will appear at https://www.smashwords.com/books/category/1/newest/1 

Readers and Authors:  The official Read an Ebook Week hub page is at Smashwords and offers access to banners, buttons and badges you can post on your web site, blog, Facebook and other social media outlets to celebrate your participation in this event.  This page will also feature links to promotional or free catalogs to make it easier for readers to find books.  Currently I have links to the Smashwords RAEW catalog, and to free books at Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble and Diesel.  I plan to add links to other retailers as well.

Authors:  To enroll your book(s) in the promotion, go to https://www.smashwords.com/dashboard/sitewidePromos or click the “Authors, add your books to the promotion” button on the Smashwords home page. 

If you’re interested to learn the story behind Read an Ebook Week, read my 2010 interview with Rita Toews at The Huffington Post .  Please note that the prior web address mentioned in the interview, http://www.ebookweek.com, is now controlled by a squatter and is not associated with this promotion, so please don’t link to or promote the old address.  The Smashwords RAEW page at www.smashwords.com/ebookweek is a better option, and has Rita’s blessing.

The official Read an Ebook Week Facebook page, operated by Ms. Toews, is at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Read-an-E-Book-Week/193882590629749  Show your support for RAEW by “Liking” it on Facebook.

That’s it, gang! Go read!

Why Facebook promotion is a waste of time, and how to make people love you by not doing it


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I enjoy wasting time on Facebook, and I like keeping in touch with my friends and family and other writers and Writer’s associations and happenings around my section of the world, but I agree with this blog that endless self- promotion of yourself and your books as an author is totally annoying and a waste of time. I don’t buy books from authors postings on Facebook – rather I buy them from reviews and/or if I like the author.
So hey, if you want to promote your book, list it on LibraryThing or NetGalley and get some reviews. Those will sell your work quicker than telling everyone yourself how wonderful you are.

Let the work speak.