Self publishing is hard. Just when you think you’re doing things the right way you see how wrong you’re getting it and make adjustments and try again. It is not an exact science and I truly think, as has been my experience, it is a big case of trial and error.
So far the sales for Footprints On The Other Side have been steady and The Magdon is still getting legs.
As an author you sit there thinking how nice it would be to log on and find you’ve sold hundreds or thousands of copies but that is a long time coming I expect. You join forums and get yourself integrated with other authors and glean whatever information you can to make a success of what you have and what you are offering the world. Obviously as the creator i have every love and every appreciation for the story I have created.
Just how do I convince others that I’m not a hack, that I’ve not written drivel and it is worth spending your hard earned money and your well earned time to read what I am offering?
It is difficult.
So far I have used Twitter, Facebook and social media to create a footprint, create a little profile and presence and try to convince people I am here for the long run and have something to offer them.
Tweets, memes, images, posts I spend hours pouring over different designs and creating what I think are eye-catching and good adverts to post and spread the word.
This week (between shifts at work) I have spent hours designing a website for my author profile. It’s going well, I just now not only need to increase traffic and confidence in my books but also the presence of my website.
When you look at how big and busy the internet is you really realise how small you are against it all and how much you are swimming against the tide of the world just trying to make the smallest of waves and keep myself afloat.
I keep looking at all these PR companies that say they can do this, that and the other for you but mostly when you look for what they offer you there is very little information and detail. How can I be expected to pay for services and not really know what it entails, most just seem to offer more tweets (I’m already hammering the world of Twitter I don’t feel I want to spend loads asking someone else to do it for me).
When it comes to press releases, launches that’s where I get lost.
In truth I get lost in so many places but trundle along all the same.
No matter what though I keep increasing my portfolio, keep pouring the imagination from my addled brain onto the page in the hope that soon, someone, somewhere will look at it and think “what have we been missing, this is awesome”and the real journey will begin in earnest.
Until then I won’t stop, I enjoy it too much and seeing my imagination printed on the page is simply amazing.
So for now spread the word, help one little man try and make an impression in the world!