Freaking Out Moment #394938132

I just had one of those panicky, “omg, how am I going to promote this thing once it’s done” moments. Edits are coming along faster than I thought they would, and I think I’m going to be finished in just about two weeks. (Maybe sooner). Which means I STILL need to nail down formatting for the print AND ebook version, WITHOUT having microsoft word. Which is a huge pain in the ass, because I don’t have an extra $140 to buy it, and Open Office only does so much.

So that’s mildly annoying. I hope I’m smart enough to figure it all out. =\

“how i do dis?!”

And then we’re back to the whole “omg how do I promote this crap” after it’s out. I’d like to do a blog tour, but those are often paid for and I don’t have enough money right now to PAY for one, so I guess I’ll have to whore myself out and see what comes of it.

Can you really do anything but seek out reviews/interviews/post to your page/blog/twitter every day? I feel like there’s something big I’m missing. Obviously, like with any writer, you wanna get the absolute maximum exposure you can get, but as I’ve never done this before, I’m 98% clueless about most of this stuff.

I have this sneaking suspicion that I’m going to get a handful of sales when it comes out (you know, pity sales from fam and friends mostly), and then it’ll abruptly halt, lol. I’m thinking I’m going to enroll in KDP select and try to strategically use my free days to boost rank or something. But then, of course, that helps a lot when you have some people spouting “hey, this book is free today!” for you. Hmm.

I thought about a giveaway, but I don’t think anyone wants stuff from my book yet, ha. I can make a poster of the book cover, and sign it, and have some printed copies signed, but I’m not 100% sure anyone would want it from an unknown. Apparently I can also make an iPhone case with my cover on it (which is totally cool), but again, it’d be a waste if 4 people signed up for the giveaway, lol. Maybe after a few more books and a few hundred more FB page likes, or something.

Does anybody have some step by step advice for this? Maybe a site, or a list of stuff I can do?

Ah well. I’ll figure it out. @_@

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Posted on January 25, 2013, in Book Updates, Journal and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. The million dollar question: How do I promote my book? Word of mouth is the most effective way to promote. Reviews, interviews, and people telling their friends about it will go a long way. Your cover is eye-catching so that helps. I’ve asked some of my successful indie friends what they’ve done to promote, and they said it was tough-going until the second book was released. I guess there is something magical about the second book that really gives sales a boost. Just make sure to balance your marketing time with writing time. Get that second book written and released and the series will sell itself. You have a good book and that’s what is important.

    • Yeah, the second book is going to help alot, since I can give the first one out free as a teaser, and hopefully that’ll bolster sales of the second, etc, etc. (I should get to start writing it in a week or two, so woot!)

      The only thing though, is I don’t really have all that many connections or know that many people, since my author platform is pretty small right now. But! I’m at the beginning, so it wont pick up until I have more books under my belt.

      I’ll still need to whore myself out for inteviews / blog tours and stuff, but I feel better now that I know it’s a lot about the second that’ll sell the first..

      Thanks, Tricia. <3

  2. I think a little bit of everything. Twitter, blogging and Facebook are a good start. Goodreads is a good. Build the connections with people and they’ll help spread the word. Good luck with it all.

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