Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Ask PZM Dec '12: KDP Select Listing Sites

It's the first Wednesday of the month, and you know what that means! Yes! It's Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writers Support Group. It's our time to cry, sob, share, whine, and help. Today my very special guest Phyllis Nimbler Miller will answer some questions about KDP. Enjoy. 

We'll be serving gluten free cookies and refreshments in the parlour.

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Q: Where can I post my free KDP Select book days (and as a reader find free ebooks to download)?

This is an excellent question without an easy answer. (And even if you are not yet an author, as a reader who would like to download free ebooks you may find this information very worthwhile.)

Let’s step back a minute and remind people that KDP Select is an Amazon exclusive 90-day period for your ebook (physical books are NOT included in the exclusive requirement). As an author, you can do only one 90-day period or automatically roll over to additional 90-day periods.

Full disclosure: I am only talking about Kindle free books although some of the sites I mention might also allow promotion of free ebooks on other online retail sites as well as low-priced ebooks.

To clarify, I will be talking about where to post announcements of your free KDP Select days. (Each 90-day period allows five free days in any combination.) Yes, you have to invest the time to tell people about your free ebook. You can't expect people to miraculously find this out for themselves.

Now here is the complicated part. To the best of my knowledge there is no one answer about where to list free Kindle ebooks. I personally use a hodgepodge of sites that I have gleaned over the last few months – and many of the sites on the various lists I use are no longer active.

Another clarification:

Many of the sites where you can list your free books for free (some sites charge for the listing) require you post at least x days (depends on site) before the free days.

Other places such as only allow you to post when the ebook is actually free. (Snickslist calls the listing an ad, but it is free.)

What I have learned from my own experiences is that you can only do so much ahead of time. Then on the day (or days) your book is free, you must devote several hours to tweeting and updating on Facebook on the sites that allow you to list your free book.

Of course, there is etiquette. First you have to follow the requirements of the individual sites. (I am often bewildered when asked to assign a movie rating to my book – I usually put PG13 to be safe. And note that some sites do not allow erotica listings.)

Second, you should only post once a day (or maybe only once if your book is free over consecutive days) on Facebook sites.

Even on Twitter I believe you should only tweet once to a specific Kindle free site.

An example? I found this Twitter account --

I can’t vouch for it but it looks good. So I might tweet from my Twitter account on the day a book is free (and include the link to the ebook on Amazon):

To @No1KindleSource Spy story CIA FALL GUY free today Dec 11 on #Kindle at

Note: I use to shorten any Amazon book links because automatically shortens an Amazon link to include amzn, which in theory gives people more confidence about clicking on the shortened link.)

And why do I put the “to” in front of the account to which I am tweeting? It is a workaround for Twitter’s supposed control of who sees a tweet directed at another Twitter user.

A tip about who to tweet about your free days: If your fiction or nonfiction book is about a specific topic, you can tweet (and post updates on Facebook) to a related account. For example, when my Navy thriller LT. COMMANDER MOLLIE SANDERS is free on KDP Select, I tweet the U.S. Navy on Twitter and post the info on the Navy's Facebook Page.

Now here is a site with a list of where to post:

Just remember I cannot verify that this information is correct. You have to do what I do. When I am posting, I click on each link and read the info on the site.

Some more shoutouts:

Here is a site I recently found that is very interesting:

Another site that I like and have used several times:

And a new discovery I like:

As either an author or reader, as you begin to research these sites you will develop your own lists. And whenever you get a chance to promote these sites, do so. It’s good karma.


I have two KDP Select free days coming up this month:

Romantic suspense spy story CIA FALL GUY will be free on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at


2008 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award semifinalist MRS. LIEUTENANT will be free on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at

Phyllis Zimbler Miller is the author of fiction and nonfiction books. Her newest fiction books are the cozy mystery novel CAST THE FIRST STONE: A REBECCA STONE MYSTERY at and the short story ebook TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE: REBECCA STONE MYSTERY SHORT STORIES at

Both ebooks include recipes from the Jewish holiday book SEASONS FOR CELEBRATION by Rabbi Karen L. Fox and Phyllis.

See all Phyllis’ books at her Amazon Author Central Profile at

Phyllis is also the co-founder of the online marketing company


  1. Great information here. Thanks. I love learning new information and this fit the bill.

  2. How do you find time to put so much info up on your blog? I am so uimpressed...

    1. Thanks, Pat. I'm going out on a limb here and deciding that you meant impressed. I hope.

  3. Wow, that is a lot of work! I didn't even know there were sites you could go to find free books.

    1. Most of Phyllis' post scare the heck out of me, Alex, because I can't imagine how she does it. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. This information is way ahead of where I'm at right now as a writer, but I'm glad to know it exists. As a reader, I intend to check it out. Thanks!

  5. This is great to know! Thanks so much. Filing this away for future reference. :)

  6. I never knew any of this stuff! WOW! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Nancy. Hope your W4W is going great.

  7. Adding this to my next Sunday Surfing links. Great stuff! Thanks!

  8. Stellar information as always. I've been pondering doing Select once I see how many books I sell on other platforms. Thank you! :D

  9. My word, there is so much out there that we're unaware of... Phyllis is so clued up... this is great stuff. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Very helpful stuff, thanks for sharing! And nice to meet you from IWSG. :-)

  11. This is a timely article for me since I have a FREE e-book available on Kindle right now. I'm using the 5 days in a row for the free promotion. What is your experience, Phyllis? Use all 5 days or sprinkle the free days throughout the 90 day time period? Thanks for the information. I am going to use it right now!! Thanks, Joylene, for sharing Phyllis with us!!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Janet. Best of luck with your ebooks!

  12. That's a lot of knowledge. Since I'm a black sheep and own a Nook, I've not gotten involved in KDP Select.

  13. Oh wow! There is so much here! Thanks for sharing this!

  14. Hi Joylene (and Phyllis) --

    Thanks for the Freebooksy shoutout :)

    Authors - if you have questions or want a contact at Freebooksy, feel free to shoot me an email: taylor(at)

  15. Cool site! The publishing industry has changed so much leaving a lot of writers befuddled. It looks like you've taken the bull firmly by the horns - the fact that you are helping fellow writers is nifty.

  16. I just checked out your book trailer ... wondering if your publishing company did that for you?

    1. Yes, my publisher created the trailer. Thanks for asking.


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