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Frustrated indie author!

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on June 16, 2013

High five
So, you’ve written your book, spent hours fretting over the story line, edited and re-edited, then as I have done, self-published on Amazon. You’ve pestered your friends and family over the years with your plot lines and sub-plots, until they dread the thought of you mentioning your book ever again. But to you, your book is the most important thing you’ve ever done. You think about it from the time you wake, in the car, having lunch, watching tv- you get the idea!
You’ve done your research into what keywords best describe your book for people to find your book effectively on Amazon. You agonise over which categories to place it into, which price to set it at, too low and people will think it’s not worth it, too high and you price yourself out of the market. So everything is set, your heart races as your finger hovers above the publish button; this is the moment, everything you’ve been working towards for the last couple of years. You press the magic button- ‘Wow, I’ve finally done it- woo hoo!’ You go to bed expecting to wake up to untold riches and glowing reviews and major publishing houses beating down a path to your door.
You click on your sales figures the next morning and there staring back at you is a big fat ZERO! Disappointing, yes. But Rome wasn’t built in a day so you are patient and wait a week or so as you fiddle with pricing, categories and keywords and still nothing. This is where the real doubt starts to creep in- ‘Maybe it isn’t very good after all’- ‘Who am I kidding?’
Well this is where you have to start being creative and look at ways in which to promote it, because the uncomfortable truth is that this is where the real hard work comes in- like it or not! Luckily a good friend of mine forwarded to me a podcast which was helpful in so many ways (link at the bottom.) I listened to it and heard the guy talk about a company called FIVERR where you can get people to promote your book for like it says, a Fiver (US $). It offers a lot of other products but for this purpose I’ll focus on book promotion. I followed his advice and I couldn’t believe it as I saw my figures rise up and up on a daily basis. I offered a free promotion for five days as per Amazon’s services and it just exploded.
This might sound counter-intuitive, giving your precious work away for nothing but it works. The reason is because you are now linked with ‘customers who bought this also bought…’ Also one important thing is to have reviews, as people are less likely to buy without one. But that’s a subject for another day! I hope this might be useful for people who were in the same position as I was in and not patronising!


Thanks a lot for your interest in my post, I'll get back to you as soon as I can!

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