I have been posting recently about my adventures in self-publishing. Today, I’d like to give you an update in adventures in self-publishing (part 3)! As with many others who chose to go the self-publishing route, I have found that marketing my book has been harder than actually writing it. So, like any good student, I went into research mode and starting googling. As I mentioned in my last post, there are hundreds of thousands of websites, blogs, and opinions on what works for marketing your work. What seems to be a common thread, though, is getting reviews and “likes”. Sounds easy enough, right? After all, any of us who use Facebook are constantly “liking” posts. And who wouldn’t want to read our great novel that we worked on so diligently?
What I have discovered is that getting those things are not quite as easy as it may seem. You can certainly ask friends and family to read and review your work. You can ask them to like the Facebook page you created to promote your book, and you can ask them to “like” your book on Amazon or Smashwords or whatever other site you have listed tour book. In most cases, that will get you a few hundred likes and sales, but where do you go from there? You can use LinkedIn, Facebook (as mentioned before), Goodreads (one of my favorites), and Twitter (although I don’t, but will soon). Pinterest looks interesting, too. I will continue to investigate other options and try to get feedback from other self-published authors to see what worked for them.
What are your ideas?
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