How are you on short fiction? Could you write a 10k spin-off of one of your existing books? If so, do it and list it on SW for free. Make sure it can stand alone, but at the end you can put in a bit about the book that inspired it. Gives people a chance to see what you can do and whets their appetite for more.
It wasn't me who listed this
I've no idea. And I've done a search but couldn't find anything relevant.
It's Smashwords.com they distribute on their own site, and to B&N, itunes, sony, kobo, diesel and baker-taylor. You can list your works for free on there, and they'll go out to the network as free. Very useful for building a reputation / getting interest in an existing series. I've got a spin-off short from my fantasy trilogy free on SW and Amazon price-matched it back in October.
I see. I wonder if its worth me remaining on kdp select? I only get about 2 borrows a month! What other sites can you list your book? I'd love to know what they are and if Im missing out on sales from these by remaining faithful to kdp...
If you're in Select you've signed a 3-month exclusivity agreement and you can't break it. You need to remember to opt out at the end of the agreement or it'll automatically renew. SW takes a couple of weeks to ship out to the distribution channel once you're approved for premium status (if your manuscript is properly formatted that shouldn't be a problem - make sure you download and read the style guide, free from SW) -- people have varying results from SW and the distribution channels. Some do well some don't, but if your sales are only so-so on Amazon then you might as well spread the book around. There's other sites out there like ezread and omnilit, as well as specialist sites like allromanceebooks.
This is fascinating stuff, and very relevant to us all, so many, many thanks to all you kind people who are willing to help out. I'll be reviewing my own publicity etc. just as soon as I can. We've hit a terrible world recession and things aren't going to get better for a while - we need all the help we can get and I for one am very grateful indeed.
A press release is a brief snippet about your book set out to relevant agencies in the hopes someone will pick it up and run with it. Some tips can be found here http://www.publicityinsider.com/release.asp -- google it, you'll find loads of info, although not something I've tried myself.