its been a couple of months since i posted, but i have not been idle. I’ve been editing my second book (The first from a different series to The Auslander Series) The Golden Path, ready to send it off to some agents.
I’ve also been busy writing the second from The Auslander Series, as I’ve vowed to publish it in spring of next year. That’s coming along quite nicely now too.
On the subject of publishing, I have to say, after initial reservations about publishing with Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing, it is turning out to be the outstanding way of getting your book out there. Its not just KDP, its all the sites that allow you to publicize free periods when you have them. Without KDP and these sites, plus the Face-book pages dedicated to free books and Kindle lovers, it would be hard to make people aware your book even exists. I will, next week, post a link to a document that outlines which sites to approach re promoting your books free period, plus the Face-book pages that allow you to post when your book is free.
FreeBooksy is just one of these sites. I was lucky enough to be one of their featured authors when my book was free last. This site, and many like it, are just amazing for getting your book out there, in front of the public.
As I’ve said before, it was slow starting when i first published, but as you go along, you pick up more and more little tips, tricks and free means of promoting. And promoting is everything. Its a snowball effect with writing. You self publish, you get a few sales. Then it probably drops off. Then you use free days, and you get quite a few downloads and your pretty elated. Then not much happens. Then you do a bit of research into how to increase sales, and you come across some interesting information.
Each little bit that you add, increases visibility, and increased visibility means only good things for you and your book. I had to explain to my Dad a few days ago, when he thought people were tight fisted for waiting until my book was free before buying it. That’s not what happens though. When you are listed at, I dunno, 100,000 in kindle paid list, how can anybody ever find your book, without wading through hundreds if not thousands of pages?
They download your book when its free, because they get notified when its free. If its good enough, it will feed out slowly from there. When you release your next book, you might then get a few thousand people who liked the first book enough to go buy the second. If your lucky, that will get you into one of the charts at a decent position. Then you stand a chance of people finding your book without having to make it free. Then they might even pick up the first book, and then your audience has the potential to grow.
If you’re not bored already, Ill be back next week with further posts!!
Ta ta, D.