My debut book was published on December 30, 2014, not even three months ago. In that time, I have worked to increase my book's exposure and get reviews. I have 17 reviews on Amazon, with a 3.8 average rating. My book (and me) have been featured and interviewed on various sites. I have guest blogged, I have hosted guests. I have interviews lined up for the future and 30 potential reviews forthcoming. But I feel like I am hitting a brick wall. What else can I do that hasn't been done before? I am but a small fish in a very big pond filled with talented and well-known authors. My book is special to me, but directed toward a niche market. I run with every idea I have.
I signed my book contract with Just Ink Press in December 2013. Starting in January 2014...
I started a blog.
I created an author Facebook account.
I bought an avatar.
I joined about 100 Facebook groups.
I joined Goodreads.
I joined Twitter.
My book had 5 free days on Amazon.
I submitted my book to every place under the sun to promote for free.
I developed a website with my own domain name.
I made a book trailer and posted it on my website and youtube.
I started a Facebook page for my book.
I plan on writing a prequel to my book.
I constantly read articles on social media, how to improve my website, how to market my book. I am present. I am active. But am I running on a treadmill? How do I know how I'm doing? Is there a book marketing checkup?
I feel the same way about my current health. I have not been well for the last 6 months. I blog a little about it, but it's a difficult subject for me. No one wants to be ill. It is especially disconcerting when the diagnosis is yet unknown. Marketing my book has really kept me going. It's been a great distraction for me. But I still have doubts if I'm doing everything I possibly can. The avenue I am researching now is paid book promotion and I'm still undecided. Maybe it's simply a matter of being patient, not exactly my best virtue. Until then, I am doing everything to facilitate a speedy recovery. When it's time for a checkup, hopefully I'll pass with flying colors!
Are you an author? What are your thoughts on paid book promotion?
Are you a reader? What makes you want to read a book?