15 Ten-Minute Free Book Promotion Ideas For Authors

15 ten minute book promotion tips

Do you have a spare ten minutes? Yes? So do some free book promotion.

We all have a spare ten minutes somewhere in our busy days. Maybe waiting for a bus or train, waiting for a meeting, waiting to pick up the kids from school or waiting for the dentist or doctor.

Apart from waiting time, there are coffee breaks, lunch breaks and, of course, the time wasted aimlessly surfing the Internet.

You’ve got a phone, so think about how many of these ten minutes breaks you have in a day and put them to good use by doing some quick free book promotion that will help you sell some books.

It doesn’t take much effort, or time, to work on building your author brand and getting the word out about your books on Amazon Kindle, iBooks or B&N.

While many authors have a mix of free and effective paid book promotion, you should always be on the lookout for free promotion opportunities that are quick and easy.

You have published a book, so try these 15 very quick book marketing tips.


Here are fifteen quick ten-minute free book promotion ideas for you.

1. Claim your Author Profile on Bookbub and get your books listed. It’s free to submit your books to be added to your author profile.

2. Publish one of your popular blog posts on Medium. It’s a quick and easy, copy and paste way to find new readers and extend your book promotion.

3. Follow 100 people on Twitter. On average about 20 will follow you back. Do it regularly and you will build a solid following to help your book marketing on Twitter.

4. Follow 10 friends of your friends on Facebook. You’ll be surprised how many will accept your request because they will see that you are in some way connected to them. You never know, you might be lucky and get a new Facebook fan.

5. Comment on a post on a popular blog or newspaper article. Commenting is one of the most effective ways to get noticed as an Indie author. If there is the option to reply to already posted comments, even better, as you will be entering into a conversation.

6. Come up with two new ideas for your next blog post. Do you have a new book cover? What’s the difference between science fiction and a space opera? What are the key elements in a good mystery thriller? Don’t forget to note them all down!

7. Share five posts of interest on Twitter, your Facebook Page or any of your social media accounts. It’s amazing how many people will notice and perhaps follow you back because you are sharing, and not only posting repeatedly about your Kindle book.

8. Leave five of your author business cards in the dentist’s waiting room. Or anywhere else for that matter.

9. Google search ‘book promotion ideas’ and read two articles. You never know what new ideas you might stumble upon.

10. Look at your blog or website and note down three improvements you can make. Or, look at other authors’ sites and steal a few ideas. While you are there, why not ask if you can do an author interview to post on your blog? Leave the actual grunt work for the weekend, though.

11. Read up on SEO and learn to write your blog posts around keywords to increase visitor traffic.

12. Read your author bio on Amazon and social media. Spend five minutes thinking about how you could improve it and make notes.

13. Join a new writers group on Facebook. Sometimes other writers have good ideas you can steal, huh?

14. Find a popular author or two on Twitter or Facebook and look at what they are posting about to give you ideas.

15. Read one more article on Just Publishing Advice. Well okay, you have five minutes left, so you should read an article on The Passive Voice too.


Make your author and book promotion a habit.

There are so many ways you can use your few spare ten minutes each day to build your author platform and promote your books more effectively.

Spending hours a day on social media to promote ebooks is a waste of time, so ration it.

Keep thinking about the little book promotion ideas that you can do and will add up to big things over time. Have you offered any free Kindle books on Amazon recently? You can also offer free ebooks via Smashwords or Draft2Digital. There are hundreds of ways to market your book.

For years now, I have had the habit of doing a little Twitter following while I have my second cup of coffee of a morning.

Five minutes a day that has added up to over 145,000 followers on my personal account. That is effective and quick, book promotion.

I hardly ever answer emails during the day unless they are super urgent, but I do flag the ones I need to answer.

Then, when I have a spare ten minutes, I read through them and answer the few that need a reply.

Another habit has been to note down one or two blog ideas while I am waiting for my students to turn up for class.

I’m always early, and they are usually late, so there is almost always ten minutes to use.

Come the weekend, I have all my blog post ideas well and truly formed and they are then very easy to write.

So, do you think ten-minute book promotion habits are good habits to get into?


More reading: How To Promote A Book On Social Media The Easy Way


Derek Haines

Derek Haines is an Australian author, living in Switzerland.

5 thoughts on “15 Ten-Minute Free Book Promotion Ideas For Authors

  • March 28, 2018 at 2:55 pm

    I am still writing my first book, but I want to start promoting it now. These tips are a great way to help me get started.

  • February 12, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    Great post as always!
    However, the first point (BookBub) is rather useless. You only give them your email address (maybe for sending you promotions?) and your Twitter or Facebook account, so that they can figure out if it is worthwhile to have your book promotion (in case you want to pay top $$$ and “apply”).
    There is NO LISTING of your titles or any other promotion for your book.
    I don’t see any value for authors to bother with that.
    Most of all it is ***NO PROMOTION*** in any way for your book(s)…

  • April 8, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Thanks so much. Invaluable.

  • March 29, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    Tried the book bud site… wouldn’t let me make an account.

  • February 27, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Hi Derek,

    Great article, short and to the point!

    Nowadays, people tend to overcomplicate things when it comes to content promotion. You made it clear and simple in this article :)

    In my opinion, today, Medium is an amazing platform for marketing to super potential readers.

    Thanks for the awesome read, going to share this :)



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