Thursday, June 28, 2012
Time to ADVERTISE
Then, as I studied the marketing strategies on smashwords, I discovered I was wrong.
One more thing among many.
Learn from my mistakes!
Smashwords exec, Mark Coker, says if you have already published, and are just now marketing . . . you are behind the power curve. Coker says you should build up pre-launch buzz about your book.
Now the challenge is before me. If I don't advertise, I won't sell a single copy of my books.
So, it's time to advertise. It's time to see if anyone likes my books. Is it scary? You bet. My husband says I'm a nutcase. He says I'm moaning one minute about no one buying my books. But, then when someone does purchase a book, all I do is lament, wondering if they'll LIKE my book or not. I can't win. This business of self-publishing is a bit nerve wracking.
Yesterday I published Sierra to smashwords and kindle. I had to peruse my manuscript about five times as I checked to make sure it was correct in all of the different formats. It was tedious work. But, through the process--as I got lost in my manuscript a few more times--I remembered why I was doing all of this. I LOVE my stories. They make me happy. I loved writing them and I love re-reading them.
In the end, that's all that really matters. And I can't lose sight of that.
But it sure would be nice to sell a few copies too!