Living in this new age of self publishing and a million new authors trying to get their work not only out there but noticed, I have been wracking my brain on how to stand out among the herd. Just when I’m think I’m making headway and people are actually enjoying my work, I get slapped back into reality. I’m not at the front of the herd! In fact, I’m in the back eating dust and lots of it.
I have Googled, blogged, tweeted, Facebook and emailed every avenue and person I know, would like to know and many I have never even heard of, to what advantage? A few have acknowledged my work and some my efforts. I’m still at a lost to a well-kept secret on how to get my work noticed. My first book was a good first attempt at writing, nothing that was going to win a prize. Many liked it, some hated it and some were deeply disappointed. I could live with that.
My second book, I believe is a much better story and piece of writing. Those that have read it have all agreed it is good writing. An exciting, heart pounding, page turning story. So what’s the secret to get others to read my work?
I understand that all authors feel their latest work is worth reading and everyone should grab a copy and dive in. I get it. For us new authors it’s not about the money, it’s about accomplishment and acknowledgement.
I’m tired of eating dust! I just want to lead the herd for a while. Is that too much to ask? What’s the secret? Maybe there isn’t a secret and it’s all luck. If that’s the case, may lady luck shine on me for a while. If it’s a secret, whoever is holding the lock on that door needs to throw us new independent authors the key.
My husband keeps telling me that promoting my book is a full-time job. I feel like its full-time nagging. It’s true though, every indie author that taps that publish button is saying, “Oh please, oh please! Read my book! Please like my book! Please get your friends to read my book! Please, pretty please,” on the inside. In the mean time we wait for our weekly sales reports to show up and hope someone noticed.
Good luck my fellow Indie Authors!