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Promoting Release On LT

Hobnob with Authors

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Sep 5, 2017, 3:38pm Top

Hello Authors,
I am about to release a 13-story faith-based anthology on Smashwords and want to do a limited Give-away on LibraryThing.
Do I use the publisher coupons to accomplish this and email them to chosen members who express interest?
Is there a set number that one is required to "give away?"
If I want to interest college students who are in the Humanities or faculty, how would I perhaps target them?
Thanks for the help in advance.
David Russell

Edited: Sep 5, 2017, 4:07pm Top

>1 David.Russell: Maybe contact Lorannen ?

If you set up an author giveaway through LT's system I think you will have the opportunity to give a list of books that would be either similar to what you're offering and/or typical of the intended readership in other ways, such as texts considered foundational or current 101 reading in the fields you'd like to target the students of. People holding some of those in their libraries would then get higher priority.

No set number of copies as far as I am aware though larger giveaway get more visibility (higher) on the page.

Sep 5, 2017, 4:09pm Top

>1 David.Russell:

Are you looking to use the Early Review program or the Member Giveaway program?

Information on these programs can be found at:

http://www.librarything.com/about/publishers (ER)

Is there a set number that one is required to "give away?"

No set number. In fact, the MG program was originally designed not merely for authors but also to provide members a place to get rid of unwanted books.

If I want to interest college students who are in the Humanities or faculty, how would I perhaps target them?

Why not include language in your description of the book that it is designed for "those teaching or studying the Humanities"? Simple and straightforward!

What >2 Jarandel: says, "People holding some of those in their libraries would then get higher priority" is true only of the ER program. If you are thinking of using Member Giveaway, bear in mind that winners of those books are chosen completely at random.

Sep 6, 2017, 7:17pm Top

Thank you for your answers to my questions.
It sounds like the ER may not work if other titles similar get direct priority.
Using the book description to target specific audience groups is a great idea, thanks!
David Russell

Sep 7, 2017, 3:07pm Top

I did look at the requirements for MG, Member Give-away and note: Paid account,
and have fifty titles in your LT account.
Can you provide examples of what both mean?
- I note the
ER - Early Review, is for select publishers.
Does that mean publishing houses and or companies, or
self published authors?
Thanks again.
David Russell

Sep 7, 2017, 5:15pm Top

Yes, Early Reviewers is for publishing companies, not individual authors.

From "About LibraryThing" (http://www.librarything.com/about):

"A free account allows you to catalog up to 200 books. A paid account allows you to catalog any number of books. Paid personal accounts cost $10 for a year or $25 for a lifetime...."

Oct 6, 2017, 11:33am Top

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hello everyone, I have just finished my project Beyond Absolute.

It has taken a long time, and I would be very welcome to other authors feedback and idea's and possibly reviews .

If you would like a copy then fee free to get into contact with my at scottgurney95@yahoo.co.uk where I can send over a free pdf copy for you to keep!

Many Thanks!
Scott Robert Gurney.

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