My first week of marketing Master is officially over. And boy-oh-boy was it… uneventful. That’s not to say I didn’t learn a tremendous amount.
Doing anything new requires an enormous amount of patience and persistence. I spoke to a friend of mine about working construction projects with him, as he is a tremendously successful independent contractor. He explained to me that though he is willing, taking me along with him would most likely result in a financial loss. A project that would normally take him fifteen minutes would take me four hours or more. Now that I’m branching out into a field I have zero experience in, I understand exactly what he means.
One of the most effective ways to generate buzz for a book you plan on releasing is to release it shortly after a novella. Because I don’t have a novella, I’ve decided to take some of the short stories I’ve written on here and self-publish them in a timely manner leading up to the Nov. 20th release date for Master. Even though these stories have already been written, I will have to purchase ISBNs, e-book covers, and a membership with a program called Merchant Words (this program allows you to view the keywords consumers most often search on engines such as Amazon).
Along with releasing numerous short stories leading up to the release of Master, it’s imperative I rack up a number of bloggers to provide reviews during that same week. Unfortunately, I have yet to contact any potential reviewers. This is largely because review bloggers are bombarded for their services, by traditional and indie authors alike. The biggest obstacle we indie authors face is separating ourselves from the pack – let’s be honest, a group that accepts anybody is bound to have its share of hopeful hacks…. And I’m hoping to hack my way out, but until then, I’m one of them!
I’m happy that a plan is coming together, regardless of how behind schedule I currently am. After-all, we learn from taking taking action and making decisions. The only way to avoid the pangs of reality is to forever avoid it.
Posted below is a list of websites that I’ve found extremely helpful for marketing my e-book. I suggest for any and all authors to take advantage of the information they have to offer.
- Thomas M. Watt
- Lindsay BurokerThis independent author has experienced so much success from her Dragon Blood series she opted to debut a new novel under a pseudo-name, just for kicks. This post details how she will start from scratch.
- Scott BrittonThis guy is as business as (non-fiction) writers get. Not only does the above link give you a firsthand account of how he marketed his e-book to #1 on Amazons bestseller list, but it also provides a link to Merchant Words for a %50 discount.
- Goodreads Reviewer GroupIt won’t take much research for any author to discover the primary way to drive downloads and sales is to accumulate (good) reviews. Here you will find active readers who are dying to sink their teeth into the next great novel.
- 90 sites to advertise your book
- 46 top websites to promote your book for FREE
- Info about the Copyright page
- Official ISBN purchasing page
- A pot of indie-author GOLD
It sure sounds like a whole lot of work. More Grace to your efforts.
It is! Thank you Jacqueline.
You are welcome 🙂
I do e-book reviews. You can take a look at my review policy at http://marianlthorpe.com/book-reviews/ Thanks for putting together this list, it’s useful!
I’m happy someone is taking advantage of it! In my opinion, these links cover just about every need there is to successfully launch an ebook.
I’d be honored to have you review my book, Marian! I should have a chance to read through the criteria tomorrow, and I will be sure to submit Master if it’s up to your standards. Thank you for the kind offer!
My, what big teeth you have … 😛 LOL Looks like you’ve been pretty busy. Thanks for all the tips 🙂
Haha! Ya ya, I know… I have been, I’m exhausted over here!
Well you’re doing good work, sir. Just make sure you get some rest time too!
I know… I need it. Thanks Rae!
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You’re incredible. Can’t thank you enough for helping me promote my work. Thank you Marian!
Hey my friend,
I want to share this comment because I sense that it will help us all,
“Life is not about finding faults but it is about loving imperfections, they are beauty and they make life worthwhile.
“Hope I helped…”, By all means, this has helped me! Your thoughts, your issues…so parallel to my own! And now, Almighty Yahuwah has chosen to cross our paths. How awesome are His ways! He leads me all the way. He is also leading you as well. The end of our journey? The soon coming Kingdom for sure! Dare I hope to welcome and embrace my brothers & sisters travelers before the Kingdom comes? Not just a beautiful thought, indeed I am already embracing them! 🙂
Thia, thank you for the sound advice! I truly hope you don’t think I was laughing at you though, do you? I intended my comment as a compliment, please forgive me if it appeared to poke fun at you! You’re a fascinating person, and I love reading your comments, so please don’t change a thing!
O no no no! It never crossed my mind! I tell you, seriously, my predicaments in life to me are, hillarious and, when I find someone that finds the same about my predicaments, well, that’s tops! Go figure it! And the more I explain the more hillariously confusing it can become!
Maybe, I send that comment, because…O never mind the because but, the advice came from this link that so impressed me, https://empress2inspire.wordpress.com/.
I apologize for giving you the wrong impression. I have been delighted with your comments but in the midst of my delight came some not really delightful moments in this amazing life that I am living without any makings of my own. Things just happen and some of them are not too delightful. Same as with you and all of us. Thus at that very moment of my laughter a gloomy moment came along with that quoted comment. Go figure it! I’m crazy and getting along along beautifully with my crazynies. Ha Ha HalleluYah! Much love, 🙂
Hey! I beginning to think that I have enough personal hillarious material to write me a book about it all. Annie of Green Gables’ predicaments pale in comparison to my own. No kidding. Maybe Father will assign me that task to include in the series, Dying in the Present, Living in Eternity. We’ll see! For sure you’ll be included in my repertoire! 🙂
Hahaha! That would be an honor, Thia!
I have to post one more time…times awasting. Perhaps if I would have worded the offending comment with the link it would have not given the wrong impression. Silly me! All is well in our paradises now! Thanks my Father! 🙂
Awesome! Glad all is well between us 🙂
You want to laugh some more with me? I’m gone to quit this comment thing. (Just kidding!) I never know where to write my comment. Most blogs have the comments after you click the like. I scroll sometimes like forever before the list of comments ends and I can write and post my comment. That’s good.
Then, confusion enters its way! I can’t find where to write my comments in some blogs, so, I scribble then in the first Leave Reply that I find. Then I get a comment from some other blogger to whom my comment was not directed! Talking about confusion?
But guess what? I done figure it out, perhaps it was not my intention to address that blogger but, it was the Father’s will for it to be so. So, I’ll rejoice in my confusion! Father knows best! And all is well in my paradise! I’ll keep on posting whenever Father puts the notion for me to so! How about that? 🙂
That’s great Thia, I’m always honored to share a laugh with you!
Good list of resources. I’m on professional editing, then the cover, then I release. I think I’m about 3-6 months behind you. I’ll be keeping an eye on your efforts.
Thank you! I hope I can provide insights you can learn from. I’m having a difficult go at managing my time. Twitter, social networking, and convincing readers that my story is worth purchasing are completely uncharted territories for me.
Me again! Should I say, Your highness on the line? O well, here I am to say thanks for those links. I hit the first one and it did me good but, I have been busy writing comments and what have you, thus I have not been back to that link and I done forgot what was it that I found. No, I am not senile at all. Only my focus done been set on other grounds momentarily so that I can make you laugh and enjoy my blunders! lol
One thing is that, Father is leading me in the publishing of my Dying In The Present Living In Eternity. Thanks to your info I have new options that I aim to pursue just as soon as Father sets my mind on what to do.
Thanks for your like. I waiting for your comment. And your insights and your transparency have done great good to me! Cheer up and keep going! Don’t let anything get in the way of His work through you. Liken to Your highness! Ha Ha HalleluYah! 🙂
Haha! Always a pleasure to hear from you, your highness!
I believe the links you are looking for can be found in this post:
This is very informational!
Thank you! I poured a lot of hours into research before being able to simplify my list of links, glad to know they’re helping you!
Congratulations 🙂 I hope you get more reviews for your book (I hope positive btw) because you deserve all the success in the world 🙂 Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂
Thank you so much John. I always appreciate your encouragement!
P.S. I love that top sticker with the Indiana Jones reference 🙂
Haha! Me too.
Thanks for the links… I’m an indie writer too and self published my book nov 1st… It’s diligent work and never ends so I enjoy marketing each day and finding new friends and markets. I’m going to enjoy following you… Barbara
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Great, Barbara! Sorry that I disappeared for a while. I’m so grateful you found use of my links. How has the marketing process been going for you? I’m honored to have you following!