Creating an Effective Reader Magnet to Build Your Email List

Creating an effective reader magnet is like crafting the key to unlock the door to a treasure trove of potential readers for your book. It’s a powerful tool that can help you build your email list, connect with your audience, and ultimately, boost your book’s success.


What is a Reader Magnet?

A reader magnet is free digital content you offer to your target audience in exchange for their email addresses. It’s designed to attract potential readers and engage them with your book or brand. Examples of effective reader magnets are a novel, short story, novella, a checklists or resources.  The key is to provide something of high value that aligns with your book’s theme or your niche. 

Why Create a Reader Magnet?

  • Build Your Email List: The primary goal of a reader magnet is to collect email addresses. This provides a way for you to connect with your audience, through a consistent newsletter or by sending them updates about your book, promotions, and valuable content.
  • Connect with Your Audience: A reader magnet provides an opportunity to connect with your readers on a deeper level. By offering them a taste of your writing style, characters, or story world for free, you can establish a connection and pique their interest, encouraging them to become more engaged with your work. 
  • Establish Authority: For nonfiction, a high-quality reader magnet can showcase your expertise and authority in your book’s subject matter, establishing trust with potential readers
  • Generate Buzz and Excitement: A well-crafted reader magnet can generate buzz and excitement for your books.  It can serve as a teaser for your book or series, creating anticipation and curiosity among potential readers.

How to Effectively Use a Reader Magnet to Build Your Email List

  • Align the Reader Magnet with Your Books: Your fiction reader magnet should closely relate to your novel or series. It can be a short story or prequel that introduces readers to your story world or characters. Alternatively, it might be exclusive bonus content, such as character profiles, maps, or behind-the-scenes insights. Ensure that your reader magnet complements your book or series and leaves readers eager to explore more.
  • Create Valuable Content: Your nonfiction reader magnet should solve a specific problem, provide valuable insights, or offer unique knowledge related to your book’s topic. Make sure it’s something your audience genuinely wants.
  • Utilize CraveBooks Reader Magnets: For CraveBooks authors, there is a check box at the bottom of each book you add to your author profile. At any time, you can make one or more of your books a reader magnet. Then direct readers to the “Free Books” tab on your author profile. The reader emails of those whose who downloaded it are then stored in your author dashboard. 
  • Automated Email Sequences: Set up an automated email sequence from your newsletter program to engage your new subscribers. Deliver the promised reader magnet immediately and follow up with a series of emails that nurture the relationship and promote your book.

Marketing Your Reader Magnet:

  • Newsletter Swaps: Collaborate with authors or businesses in your niche for newsletter swaps. They promote your reader magnet to their email list, and you do the same for them. It’s a win-win strategy that expands your reach.
  • Social Media Promotion: Share your reader magnet on your social media platforms regularly. Use eye-catching visuals, engaging captions, and relevant hashtags to reach a wider audience.
  • Paid Advertising: Consider investing in paid advertising that features your reader magnet on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, or CraveBooks to reach a larger audience. Target your ads to specific demographics and interests.

A well-crafted reader magnet can be a game-changer for authors looking to build their email list and connect with readers. By providing valuable content, effectively promoting it, and leveraging marketing strategies like newsletter swaps, you can harness the power of reader magnets to propel your book’s success and grow your audience.  


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