So… I’m about a week late on this roommate post of mine but I’m pretty sure you all will forgive me. Today, I want to talk about how hard it is to be noticed as a self-published author. I’m pretty new at this thing (self-publishing) so I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I didn’t do much research before embarking on this “mission” and I didn’t ask around at all. I just figured I would write my book, put it out there, get some average feedback, put out book 2 and keep going with the cycle. I had no idea that this would be as hard as it is. I didn’t do much research, but from the little information that I gathered before trying this out for myself, I learned that self-publishing is super hard. In my mind I just thought, “maybe just for you guys”. Boy was I wrong. This little career of mine is HARD!
This is how I spend my day:
.regular BS employment
. social networking (Facebook, twitter…)
. doing a little book work on the DOMErevelation
. book plugging around the web
. requesting reviews from book bloggers
If you guys can figure out what I’m doing wrong in this schedule, please let me know. SERIOUSLY!
In my opinion, I think I have a pretty decent book. Don’t get me wrong, when I first published, I thought I did a pretty darn good job. But of course, it takes new eyes to look at your work to discover that you missed a few spots. With that in mind, I WILL re-release book 1 in the DOME trilogy with corrected mistakes. Other than that, I’m still wondering what I’m doing wrong as far as marketing my book. Should I be spending wads of cash to advertise all across the web? As a self-publisher, I’m on a very low budget, as I’m sure most of you guys are, so I don’t “got it like that”. Is my low budget the reason why my book isn’t doing as well as I hoped? Should I just “Shut the Front door” about all this because this is a normal beginning? Maybe I should…I don’t know. But I will tell you this… I’m not going down without a fight. This is what I decided to do…
I started a blog called BOOK BLOGGER BUZZ that enables me to connect with book bloggers all across the web. The idea of the site is to get inside the minds of book bloggers in the same way they use to get inside the heads of authors when they conduct interviews. The tagline of my blog is “Book bloggers interview the authors, but who interviews the book bloggers?” In my mind, by getting to know as many book bloggers as possible, it will increase my chances of getting book reviews for my works in the future. In addition, it gives other authors a chance to get to know book bloggers in a way they never would be able to by just visiting their site. I think it’s a pretty good idea. I hope this can be used as a way to market myself while helping other authors as well… SIDE NOTE: The super fab Natasha Larry will be interviewed on the site so check it out when that happens. ;-)
Anywho, I would LOVE to hear what you guys think about all of this.