“You’ve done the hard yards, you’ve written the book” you’ve heard, or read the ‘spiel’ usually followed by, “now all you have to do is follow my ‘xyz’ plan and you’ll make a bundle of cash”
Ever come across those lines? I have, and usually, they just don’t sound right!
Over at my regular job, we’ve got a poster on the wall that says ‘if your brain is saying “is that safe“, it probably isn’t’
I’m going to say that it’s probably true of those sites as well, it probably is too good to be true!
Okay, so the book’s on Amazon, now what?
Well, sorry to disappoint, but if you’re looking for a ‘quick fix’ and a ‘how to’ article then you need to go find one somewhere else, I don’t have what you need.
But if you want, you can join me on a journey, one where we might just find the answers together.
See, a few weeks ago, I got the opportunity to do something I thought was totally out of my reach as an author, I got the chance to do a ‘book promotion’ in a local library, and it was ‘bloody awesome’ (remember, I’m English, not well practiced in the art of understatement!).
What happened was a few months back, I’d just posted my second novel on Amazon, and a guy was looking up ‘New Zealand crime’ when Amazon nicely told him of my novel, set in NZ (and I live here) so he asked me if I’d consider putting it into the Ngaio Marsh competition, which I did, and hey presto, it’s actually doing pretty well, they asked me if I’d like to take part in the event in the library and I pretty much snapped their hands off!
That showed me that actually, it’s not just me that thinks my novels are good, and not just friends ‘being nice’ but they really are good, and worth the effort learning how to market them, then came the big surprise.
Yesterday, when I was thinking about this post, and thinking whether I’d have the guts to write it, I did a check on Kindle (both books are available on Kindle) and bearing in mind I’ve done nothing apart from the occasional Facebook post, the two books have sold about seventy copies of the ebooks, and been read in the Kindle Unlimited!
Okay, they’re not screaming to the top of the bestsellers lists, but if they’re doing that with no marketing, what can they do if I take the time to learn how to do it properly?
That’s what I’m offering here, a chance to sit back and enjoy the journey, possibly learn from my journey as we set about learning how to market books on next to no money, we make mistakes, we make sales, and we build a platform for marketing books.
Take a look at them, by the way, they’re both on Kindle Unlimited so you can read them there for free.
Join me next week as we begin the journey.