Book sites that frustrate

I might keep updating this one, rather than make new posts all over the place.

Websites are often set up to help authors promote their books online. Promoting a book online doesn’t seem to be easy. Cheap, sure. Fast, sure. Fun, sorta. Easy, ummm. So people look for advice and lists of places they can send their books to. (You know I have said promoting a book offline is a cinch. And you’ll notice a clear lack of web sites dedicated to offline book promotion, because it… is… so… easy.)

So, there are at least two kinds of websites dedicated to helping you promote your book: sites that tell you what to do and list other sites where you can actually do it, and then those other sites where you are supposed to list your book so that readers might be able to find it.

Sometimes sites in both categories don’t offer a very good service. A list of places to promote your book is not so useful when the sites you are sent to no longer exist or don’t work or you can’t figure out how they do.

A site called is in the second category. It is listed as the first site to promote your book on at another site selling book publishing information called TrainingAuthors. Buckbooks in turn looks like it is run by a company that sells services to self-publishers, and it has a page that lists 99 cent books, but please let me know if you think there is a way to get on it. I wrote the company (no answer). I clicked on the appropriate link, buried on a page within one of their blog posts. It leads to this

Nice. It is not important (what is important?), but better lists of these resources, and better functioning places once you get there, would be nice. Both are certainly doable, anyway. And if you are going through the effort, why not make sure the links work or that the service is still even in business?


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