Brinda Berry

Book Lover Sites for Author Exposure

bigstock-Magic-book-35382176Authors hear time and time again about hanging out on all the social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Granted, there are lots of readers who do look for book recommendations on social media by interacting with authors, entering contests, and hearing about new releases.  I think we can sometimes miss sites that cater only to readers.

With a recent new release under my author belt, I’ve discovered some new sites.  I’ve signed up for the newsletter that’s delivered to my inbox from  As a reader, recommendations are delivered to my inbox according to the selections I made at sign-up. This site (as of 12/29/2013) boasts a subscriber list of 9,659 readers. Authors may submit new releases that follow their requirements:

  • 10 reviews and a 4.0 rating on Amazon or Barnes and Noble or 20 reviews and a 3.5 rating. If you have 10 reviews split between Amazon’s various stores — like US and UK — your book is eligible.
  • A price of $5.99 or less.
  • A quality cover.

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At the time of my author sign-up there wasn’t an advertising  fee, but that may change.

Another site is I entered my profile and books (free service) over the holidays. This site also sends a newsletter my way with author spotlights, themed weeks, and free reads. Authors can take advantage of additional promotions with their offerings that start at a suggested donation of $15 for a free read exposure spot with 160,000 viewers daily.  Their other services are listed at  As of 1/5/2014, the site quotes a newsletter subscriber list of 2,000.

Last, has a free listing for your new release as well as other paid services at They host contests, post reviews, and create a bi-monthly newsletter for readers.  I submitted a review request to them a couple of weeks ago.

When engaging in book promotion, most authors remember  the large reader sites like Goodreads, Shelfari, and LibraryThing. Just don’t forget about the little guy. Do you have some sites to recommend to authors and readers?

Brinda Berry_282x253_landscapeBIO: Brinda lives in the southern US with her family and two spunky cairn terriers. She’s terribly fond of chocolate, coffee, and books that take her away from reality.



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