Guest – Kerri Nelson
These days, I always find it refreshing to stumble upon a discount or a truly “good deal”. With the price of just about everything zooming up to record numbers, I love to find something that is absolutely FREE. But when it comes to being an author and looking for ways to promote your books, is this even an option?
I’m here today to tell you the answer…YES!
A little over two years ago, just before the birth of my third child, I was looking for affordable ways to get the word out about my books. I tried everything from expensive promotion companies (which I really couldn’t afford) to cover ads to print ads to blog tours, and everything in between. And while all of these methods brought in some traffic, I was never truly satisfied.
So, I created a promotions website known as The Book Boost. At first I tried to model it after some of the already successful promotion sites. I sold promotion packages (at very inexpensive rates—because I was trying to be cost effective for authors). But I really found that I only attracted authors to the site. Was this the audience I was trying to reach?
I mean, other authors do make great readers but I wanted a way to reach the “regular” public. So, a few months into my venture—I changed the site to a blog instead. I still offered promotion packages in the form of cheap cover ads and free giveaway spots to current featured authors. However, I really began to focus on blog topics that would attract both writers and READERS.
I developed topics of the month and invited authors from every genre to the blog. I created a Book Boost Blogger of the Year award to attract bloggers to come up with creative topics. I even invited editors, publishers, and hosted my own review month event. Every month over the past two years, my number of daily traffic hits have started to climb. Our numbers have grown and our bloggers have really come out of their shell to provide great advice and entertainment for our audience.
As we continue to grow, I enjoy watching new authors rise and new readers join our Book Boost family to read, laugh, cry, and WIN FREE stuff!
I love my blog and hope you’ll give it a chance, too. If you’re a writer, come on by and blog for FREE! Promote your book and yourself. Tell the world a funny story, about your crazy day, or about how you became the person you are today.
If you’re a reader, come on by and meet the next great author we have lined up. We have a giveaway almost every day of the week—just for leaving a question or comment. Last month, our guest bloggers gave away a diamond necklace, gift cards to your favorite stores, and BOOKS, BOOKS, and more BOOKS!
Hope to see you at the Book Boost in the days and weeks to come. Tell me you heard about it here and you just might get a goodie or two. ;-)
Thanks for hosting me today, Elizabeth and other gracious bloggers of the Speculative Salon.
Your blog followers can find us at: The Book Boost
And find me here, the owner at: Kerri Nelson
Where you can check out my latest release, Courting Demons (“Paisley Barton was already having a bad day, before she turned her husband into a rat.”) Now available! Buy link.
Kerri Nelson discovered her love of writing at an early age and soon became a columnist for her local newspaper winning the Outstanding Young Journalist of the Year Award for her efforts.
After a fifteen year career in the legal field, Kerri fulfilled her lifelong dream of publication and is now an award winning multi-published author of nearly every genre under the sun (and moon) and also writes young adult fiction under the penname K.G. Summers.
A true southern belle, she comes complete with a dashing, stately gentleman and three adorable children for whom she often bakes many homemade treats.
Kerri is an active member of Sisters in Crime and Romance Writers of America as well as numerous chapters including Futuristic Fantasy & Paranormal Writers and the Kiss of Death Chapter for mystery/suspense authors.