Writing ahead of schedule means this post will run three weeks into 2017. As I write this future post, I am working on the marketing aspect of being an independent writer something I haven’t done with intention to follow up on until now.
I have watched other new, first self published writers go the independent route and do much better than I have. They applied themselves working hard at marketing and advertising. They built fan bases.
I congratulate them. They are inspiring. On occasion, after meeting and reading some really talented writers, I put some of my own effort in helping them promote themselves, all the while shrinking away from promoting me.
With the word respect for my 2017 focus, it is high time I respected my work and showed up in all the positions an indie author function. That means promotion, no matter how much it scares me. (If you notice any promotions, please let me know you have seen it.)
I am also asking you to share, like, tweet, post (insert whatever appropriate social media action) – I would really appreciate the help. That by the way is a part of my own difficulties, not asking for help. The few times I have, those individuals have been very gracious and obliged, I am both thankful and blessed by their actions.
If you, could also share with me places you think I should do promotions at/in/with, that would be helpful.
I was reminded of this in a blog by Kristen Lamb about publishing. http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/2016/12/19/the-hard-truth-about-publishing-what-writers-readers-need-to-know/ The most important thing is reader reviews on Amazon at this point in time for indie authors. I tend to believe this is true, since for one I haven’t scored many of them.
I tend to believe my writing is just that bad and only those who love me personally are willing to put their necks on the line to help me promote. (THANK YOU!) My other belief is that I don’t have a genre or a fanbase big enough to make a difference. Oddly enough, I am ok with and maybe my biggest problem.
I am trudging ahead, and will be working on all the above in 2017. If you read my work, find a place to comment and comment. Copy links to my works, both free reads and for sale and tweet them, please. Copy links and share them on Facebook, please. THANK YOU!
Be bold. I am.