What is Hometown Reads?
What are benefits to me as an author?
How much does this cost?
Can I list more than one book?
Can people buy my book on your site?
What is the process for adding my book to your site?
I live in a city that is not yet live on your site. When will my hometown be live?
What does it mean to be a founding author in my hometown?
Setting Up My Free Author Page
What is a headshot?
What do I need to provide for my book cover image?
What link should I include for my “buy” link?
What should I include for my “learn more” link?
What if I don’t know how to resize my author photo?
Hometown Reads is a new author platform focused on showcasing books by location. We want to highlight authors in their hometowns so local readers can discover local authors. We also want to help authors network with each other to share marketing advice and help each other to get the word out about their books.
We will share marketing ideas and resources and will use our social media connections to drive interest in and traffic to the site, your city page, and your book page. We’ll invite you to a private Facebook group with other authors in your hometown and we’ll post regularly to invite interaction. Ideally, you will engage with others, meet authors to collaborate with, and create ways to spread the word about the great books from authors in your hometown. We’ll also email ideas and resources to you intermittently.
Listing one book on our site is completely free.
At the present time, our platform only allows for one book per author. In our next phase of development, we will have premium offer to allow authors to list more than one book or receive additional exposure as featured books in their cities or on the home page.
No. We are not selling or distributing books, only highlighting them. Think of Hometown Reads as a digital bookshelf. Your individual book page can link off to whichever online retailer you prefer.
You can sign up for a free page on our Join Page. Once you do that, you’ll land on our SUBMIT page, where you can submit all the information about your book, including your author photo and book cover image. Once you’ve submitted all the relevant information, we’ll review your submission and publish your page (if your city is active on our site.) This process typically takes about 48 hours once you send your information through our form. When we make your site live, you’ll receive an email from us letting you know that your free book page is ready.
If you are in a city that is not yet live, we’d love your help in developing a presence in your city. Send any authors in your area to the Join Page to submit their books.
As soon as we have 10 books in any given location, we’ll open up a new hometown on our site and start promoting your books. If you’d like help in developing a presence in your city, please email Kristin at firstname.lastname@example.org for ideas about how to connect with authors in your hometown.
If you are among the first 10 authors with books listed on the site when a page goes live, we consider you a founding author. We are working to create some special recognition and perks for you. You are a trailblazer! Your participation in sharing Hometown Reads with authors in your hometown will help us reach more people with your hometown’s books. We invite you to join us in creating a powerful platform to create opportunities for authors to reach more readers — from your hometown to the world.
Setting Up My Free Author Page
A headshot is an author photo. Typically, a professional photo is best, but if you do not have a professional photo, you can provide a close up photo, taken against a nice background with good lighting. We request that you provide a photo that is cropped or resized to 320 px wide by 320 px high. Start with a high resolution photo so that your photo is sharp, not pixelated.
We request that you start with a high resolution FLAT image of your book cover. Please don’t take a photo of your book cover. If your book is listed on an online retailer, you can save the book cover image from that site. We request that you crop and resize your cover image to 300 px wide by 450 px high.
Include a link to your preferred online retailer, or to a buy page on your website, if you sell books from there.
Include a link to your author or book website if you have one. If you don’t have a website, you may want to link to a Facebook page or other social media information about you/your book.
We recommend that you try free online photo editing software, ask a tech savvy friend, or ask someone in the Hometown Reads Author group in your city.
In the future, we plan to launch a concierge service and we will provide photo editing service for a fee.