Hey there folks. So here are just a few updates – this week I’m going to be proofing the physical copy of Tragedy with the hope of being able to approve it for distribution before the end of the month. YAY. I’m about 10,000 words into Book 2 (again!) and loving where the story is going. It’s hot stuff. I’m not going at NaNoWriMo speeds, but I’m getting there (and by the way, to those of you who are NaNo’ing it up, you have my utmost respect).
Tragedy has gotten a pretty reasonable number of downloads/buys so far. I’m not getting rich over here, but the story is getting out! The point of getting the word out at this stage of the game isn’t about the money, though, and that’s what I would like to briefly discuss today. As the title of this post would indicate, everything about promoting your work as an artist seems to come down to word of mouth. Advertising, free promotions, being seen… all of that is done in the hope that the person who sees your work will take a minute to enjoy it and then tell someone else about it. As an indie author, reviews are a huge part of that. I know that when I’m clicking through books to read on Amazon one of the first things I look at are the reviews – I probably miss some great books by sorting them this way, but with so many books out on the net you have to use some kind of criteria.
This is not just a plug for my own reviews, though (of course I’d love ’em if you want to give ’em). I recently had the pleasure of exchanging emails with a lovely woman named Felicia who is in the book blogging/reviewing/author-interviewing business. She has her own blog where she runs her opinion pieces, but also recently started a blog called ‘Connect and Post.’ The idea is that authors, readers, and bloggers can come together on this page to exchange reviews, interviews, and guest posts. I think it is a fabulous idea and I am very happy to be one of the first authors to appear on the page.
Additionally, Tragedy now has a listing on Goodkindles, a website which features mostly indie authors and helps get the word out about new releases. I can’t say how effective it is, but it’s another avenue to get your stuff out there if that is your goal (as it is mine).
If I find any other especially effective resources for discovering new authors and getting the word out about new releases, I will be sure to let you know. Similarly, if you as a reader or author have found a great way to connect indie authors with readers, please let me know!
I think that’s about it from me. It’s been a while since I had anything deeply philosophical to post – I’ll see what I can do about bringing in some more profound material for next time. 😉 Have an excellent week out there!