If you’re looking for a way to begin blogging about your new book, to create a website for your book, or to simply have an online presence as an author—all of which equate to promoting your book, a recent announcement by Publisher’s Weekly will interest you. FiledBy, the online directory of author listings and Web sites, has entered into an agreement with Ingram that will put FiledBy’s updated, author-generated book information into databases, such as Ingram’s iPage. Ingram will supply the data to more than 100,000 online and brick-and-mortar booksellers and libraries, and will also stream its book and author data to FiledBy for inclusion on the FiledBy site.
The FiledByRegistry currently has more than four million author and book contributor listings.
I checked out FiledBy. It allows you to create a website and to blog about your book—for free. You can upload videos and such and interact with readers on your web page. Additional promotional tools appear to have a cost attached.
Ingram, of course, is the catalogue of books that goes out to bookstores. It is vital for your self-published book to end up in this catalogue if you want stores to know your book exists.
It seems a no brainer to me that authors should at the very least sign up for the FiledBy free service.
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