Obscurity, not bad press, is really the bane of every intrepid indie author. There’s no magic lady drifting under the waves, ready to lob a sword at us, and no wizard with a magic spell that will make everyone instantly know about us.
But there are things you can do. Seek out reviewers, ones specific to your genre. After figuring out who your audience is (that’s an article for another time), figure out how to find them. Bookbloggers willing to take a chance on indie writers (usually just for a free copy) are a great resource. After they blog, tweet, and review, their fans will know about your book.
For a list of Indie-friendly bookblogger reviewers, click HERE.
Don’t be afraid to reach out and get others talking about your book. Even if they aren’t saying it’s the best thing ever written … they are still talking about it. And other people will be listening and just might be willing to take a chance on you.
Sorry for being gone for so long, but my illness has been worsening lately. I’ve been learning to adapt and cope. Here’s hoping that you’ll be seeing a lot more of me.
Thanks for the patience.
All right … the book is published. You took that leap off the cliff … so what now? Yeah, your friends have bought copies, but how are you getting the word out there so that people that don’t know you will pick up copies?
The book itself is done, so now I’m moving on to formatting the novel for the kindle. For some reason the kindle reader LOVES to put in spaces … EVERYWHERE. One way to find out problems is to press the paragraph icon on Microsoft Word. It can show you where hidden spaces are lurking.
I’m going to set goals daily, not weekly. With the illness and a family, every day isn’t the same. Some days I write a lot, some days I can’t.
Today, I’m going to work on formatting Part 2 and working on a fight sequence. I might also try to polish up a few things.
Taking things bit by bit is the key. Knowing what you can get done in a day and what you can’t–yeah, that’s the ticket.
Staring at the next chapter to polish and am feeling pretty tired. It’s been a long day and my illness is really acting up today. But, I have my Daffy Duck mug and a full charge on my computer … and each page I edit is a page I don’t have to do tomorrow.
And when I really get down, I keep Robin Williams singing a Bruce Springsteen song as Elmer Fudd on near-infinite loop. Thank you, youtube!