First a new company called FiledBy sent me this email:
FiledBy introduces new author-centric website with free digital marketing and community building tools
Filedbyauthor, the most comprehensive online marketing platform and author directory on the internet, launched in March with over 1.8 million pre-assembled author pages. FiledBy provides every published author in the US and Canada with a free, hosted, search engine optimized and e-commerce enabled web page. Any published author can easily update and enhance their pages as well as individual books. FiledBy provides a central location in which authors can be easily found on the web and the tools in which to promote themselves and their books.
Additionally, FiledBy offers readers the ability to connect directly with authors who are active on the web site. Readers can create an account, build and collect favorite authors and books, write reviews, rate books and authors, and add comments through wall postings. They can search for new books by author, title or subject of interest, as well as interact with each other by creating groups and recommending titles.
I only had a quick look at this website. The author pages look a little like Facebook. It might be a way to contact authors. Have a look and decide for yourself.
Then I received this:
I was browsing your site and wanted to let you know about my book Sin & Vengeance. It is set in Massachusetts and best of all, your readers can get it FREE.
It was optioned for film last year and adapted by Marla Cukor. Right now I am offering a free ebook (pdf) version to help spread the word about the film adaptation, my work, and especially my Randy Black series. Reader reviews have been fantastic and I think you will really enjoy the book.
I would be delighted if you would let your readers know about the download. It has been accessed 15,000+ times, but I would like to vastly increase that number.
You can download it here:
password: cjwestDon't ask me how to download it, I have no idea.