20 Ways To Promote Your Book In Only 10 Minutes

20 Ways To Promote Your Book

For authors and new publishers, learning how to promote a book for free, or as cheap as possible, is one of the most challenging tasks in self-publishing.

But promoting your book doesn’t need to take hours and hours of your time every day.

Let’s do a recap and define how to market a book.

Any action you can take to bring your book to the notice of potential readers is of high value.

Book promotion

It doesn’t matter if it is an expensive advertising campaign or a short post on one of your social media platforms.

Your marketing aim is the same no matter what book promotion tools you use.

When you advertise a book, you are trying to encourage as many people as possible to notice and consider buying your book.

But it is important to remember that it is not about finding people to contact to buy your book.


20 Ten-Minute (Mostly Free) Ways To Promote Your Book

Think of it like this.

Attracting social media followers is all about finding people, connecting, and then communicating.

It’s a slow and time-consuming process.

Online marketing or promoting your book is about getting your book out to the world.

You want to do it in as many ways as possible. You want to attract the attention of as many people as possible.

The more eyes you can attract to your book, the better your chances are of making book sales.

Ideally, for Indie publishing, the different ways you use to do this should be both time and cost-effective.

They should also have a long-lasting effect.


Easy ways to promote a book in only a few minutes

With these goals in mind, here are 20 book marketing tips to help your book sales after publishing your book.

Each idea will only take around ten minutes for you to complete.

But unlike a quick post on social media that is lost after an hour, each one of these has an element of long term promotion.

You don’t need to do all of these ideas in one day.

But if you take a few minutes each day to do one or two, it will help you to improve your book promotion.


1. Re-Post one of your 5-star book reviews

five star

You can add one of your book reviews on Facebook and Twitter along with your book cover image.

Then pin it to the top of your feed so every visitor will see it – for weeks or months.

To get the link to your review on Amazon, go to the review on your book page and click the permalink button.

Then copy this address from your browser.


2. Open a Pinterest account

Pinterest helps you to gain image search traffic to your website or blog.

It’s an ideal social network for book covers because it works by attracting interest purely from images.

Here is a quick screenshot of my Pinterest referral traffic from my Google Analytics account to show you how it can deliver a steady stream of new visitors to your blog.



3. Add a comment on a popular book blog


Look for articles on three high traffic book blogs and post a comment.

It’s an easy way to promote your book for free to a targeted audience of book lovers.

You’d be surprised how many people click on comment links, which will lead readers to your profile, your email address, author website, or blog.

It’s a bit like a book tour, but it is much easier and quicker for you.

Tip! Make sure you have a Gravatar image that will appear next to all your online comments.


4. Add a comment to a newspaper article

Look for a major newspaper lifestyle article.

Make sure it is a non-topical article, though. Avoid politics.

Once again, your profile link as a published author will be valuable in gaining some traffic to your blog and books.


5. Check your author bio again

Carefully read your author bio or profile on your social media sites and online book stores.

Has it been the same for a very long time? Does it need refreshing to make it more appealing to readers? Can you improve it?

I am sure you can.

Authors hate writing bios, and would much prefer to write a book instead. But it’s a task that you have to do.

If it has been a while since your book launch, perhaps you could recheck your book trailer too and improve it.


6. Publish to Medium

Open an account on Medium and re-publish your best-performing blog posts or short stories.

It’s a very easy process to import articles from your blog.

Medium can help you gain a lot of new readers.

Remember to put a link at the end of the article to your author website or blog.


7. Do you have a Facebook Page?

facebook page

If not, create one.

Your personal Facebook profile page is for your friends and family, and not for business.

You can invest a little money in Facebook Ads to get Likes for your page.

On average the cost per click is about 8 to 15 cents per Like, which is cheap advertising.

It is a wise long-term investment to get people to read your book because Facebook users very rarely, unlike a page.


8. Open a short URL account

You can open an account on bit.ly and shorten all your commonly used book links.

They will look far more attractive when you post them on social media or add links to your blog posts or comments.

Tip! You can edit these short links so that it includes your book title or author name.

With bit.ly you can change this very ugly book link:

To this attractive and meaningful link:

Which one do you think will work better and attract more clicks?


9. Run an ad

You can quickly set up and run ads on Facebook or Amazon.

But with either, be prudent and stay well within your budget.


10. Place an ad on your blog

February The Fifth

Find three of your best-performing blog articles and place your book cover image as a text-wrapped image ad.

You can insert a link to Amazon, or you can use a universal link to all your book retailers.

It doesn’t need to be a big image. Size it to suit your article.

Where better to advertise for free than on your site?

It is also a great way to promote your book if it is on pre-order.


11. Guest post

guest post

Make contact with bloggers and ask if you can write an article for them.

Many sites have a Write For Us or guest posting page.

Keep your eyes open for opportunities to promote your writing to a much wider audience.

Tip! In fact, some writers don’t even bother with having their own blog.

Often, having articles published on popular sites brings far more traffic, readers, and, importantly, social shares.


12. Free ebook promotion

Free button

Free books are a lottery.

But hopefully, someone will read your free Kindle books and be kind enough to post a review.

Online book clubs often choose free ebooks, so it’s worth a try.

On this point, I discovered I had a new book review recently.

I think it came by way of a free Kindle copy of an ebook I last offered for free well over a year ago. Now that really is long-term free promotion.


13. Is your book cover eye-catching?

Now, be brutally honest with yourself, or better still, ask people what they think.

If you don’t have a top-quality book cover, take a few minutes to search for a reputable book cover designer and hire one.

Also, check how your cover looks in thumbnail size. It is the first impression of your book that potential buyers will see, so it has to be good.

You can use Canva, which has a lot of free ebook cover templates to help you design a better book cover.


14. Buy affordable long-term book promotion

Whizbuzz Books offers one year of book promotion for only $49.00.

There are many book promotion sites offering different book promotion services.


15. Read an article about SEO

Read an article about SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) and put one or two ideas into practice for your blog or website.

Search engine traffic is by far the best way to attract new potential readers and book buyers, day in and day out.


16. Check your book metadata (SEO for books)

Check your keywords and categories for your book on Amazon KDP or any other online retailer you use.

Can you make a few small changes to your categories or keywords that would help readers find your book more easily?

Book discovery by user search on Amazon is the most powerful way to sell books.

Check and change your categories and keywords to make your book more discoverable.


17. Is your book in KDP Select?

kdp select

If your book is not enrolled in KDP Select, why not try it for three months. See if you can attract Kindle Unlimited readers.

Or, if you have been in KDP Select for quite some time, perhaps try open publishing for a while.


18. Change your book price

Is your book too expensive, or even perhaps, too cheap? Should you offer a discounted book?

Try changing your book price for a few weeks.


19. Use the Amazon book widget

Add Amazon’s embedded book widget on your website or blog.

It looks fantastic and gives visitors a chance to read a preview of your book and buy it directly on your site.

It is one of the best widgets to help you sell books.


20. Create your Amazon author page

Every bestselling author has one. If you haven’t done so yet, create your author page on Amazon Author Central.

You can add your blog feed, change and improve the look of your book descriptions, add editorial reviews, and much more.

Yes, you can add book reviews to your Amazon book sales page that will not be deleted.

An Amazon Central author page is a must-have promotion tool.

Tip! You can create your author pages on Amazon US, Amazon UK, and Amazon Germany.


Bonus Tip – Update your email signature

If you use email a lot or have a mailing list, this is as close to word of mouth advertising as you can get.

Add your blog, Amazon Author page, or even a thumbnail or your book cover to your email signature.

Your daily emails will then be automatic and ongoing book advertising for you.


Extra Bonus Tip – Start promoting your new book now

Not a ten-minute tip, however.

Start working on letting people know well before your next book is published, or is even written.

It’s never too early to tell people about your books, and it will be a great source of new material for your blog.

For more book marketing ideas, you can read our article listing 17 ways to promote your book in under 90 minutes.

Derek Haines

A Cambridge CELTA English teacher and author with a passion for writing and all forms of publishing. My days are spent teaching English and writing, as well as testing and taming new technology.

16 thoughts on “20 Ways To Promote Your Book In Only 10 Minutes

  • October 4, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    Thank you for this article!

  • July 6, 2020 at 12:42 pm

    All super tips and thanks especially for the Amazon widget one. I didn’t know about that one! I’m including a link to your post in my next newsletter too! Thanks so much!

  • October 7, 2019 at 10:19 am

    Great… tips. Thank you so much for sharing! Concisely put too! All of them are extremely do-able…I’ll be putting one or two of these into practice!

    Robert author/founder https;//www.awerefirstpublishing.com

  • July 5, 2019 at 11:29 pm

    Extremely helpful. I’ll use it to promote my book “Selling is Persuading.”

  • January 23, 2019 at 11:03 pm

    Thanks for the tips. Fingers crossed!

  • December 3, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    It takes a wise author to follow your good ideas,thanks

  • November 2, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    All the tips are very useful. Thanks.

  • October 26, 2018 at 7:07 am

    You are a great writer, Derek. Great intro, and laying out the goals of the article, and then precise, short explanations of your book marketing ideas. No fluff, like elsewhere. And the tips you have listed hold quite a lot that’s new even to longtime writers like myself, Wilburson’s comment nails it. Also, your extra tip, and another extra tip, excellent strategy. Also the voting scale I like, After posting, i will look at the source code how you made that? So yeah, a very good article in every regard, thank you!

  • September 27, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    Thank you! I learned a few tips I knew nothing about

  • September 21, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    Thank you, these are valuable ideas.
    Una Tiers

  • August 7, 2018 at 12:04 am

    Really useful tips and even the ones I knew already contain subtle new insights. Much to try here so thanks for sharing.

  • August 6, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    All info honest, above board, and helpful to the rookie self-publishing author.

  • June 7, 2018 at 12:54 pm

    Excellent advice, I’ll definitely be trying these.

  • April 2, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    I’m probably behind on some of the techno-stuff – thanks for the suggestions!

  • November 5, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    So wish I was nimbler in the technical world…but very handy tips. Will certainly try some of them. Thank you!


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