Last year, I created two posts about my self publishing journey : 12 Steps Up the Self Publishing Mountain and Small Steps Up the Self Publishing Mountain#2 It is now almost three months post publication – a good time for a follow up.
Writing a book is indeed one small step on the journey; marketing and selling copies of a book is the next…
I am thankful that I created my blog well ahead of publication. My blogging friends have:
- Helped me improve my writing skills,
- Boosted my confidence,
- Shared LOTS of tips on writing, publishing and marketing.
Most importantly, we have supported each other through life’s challenges.
In the run up to my e book launch I was able to create:
- A book cover reveal post.
- A book launch party – my first self hosted blog party. I learned a lot about blog parties from Jacqueline at A Cooking Pot and Twisted Tales .
- I included free copies of my e book to the first 10 people who re-blogged the party post.
- I tentatively joined Facebook shortly before my book launch, and created a series of giveaways there too.
- I asked for reviews from readers. Reviews are crucial for new authors to gain credibility from a wider audience. I had never reviewed a book before so I had to learn the ropes…
- I joined a book reviewing group, and reviewed other authors books.
- I joined Goodreads, and created an author profile. I would suggest doing this well before publication. I have still to create a Goodreads giveaway…
- I reviewed several of my blogging friends books.
- I placed all my reviews on both Goodreads and Amazon. I reviewed 17 books in three months. In January, I joined the Goodread’s reading challenge to read 50 books this year. It looks like I shall exceed my target!
- I joined several groups on Facebook, where I am learning more about the publishing and marketing process.
Reviews for my book began to trickle in, and I was so very glad of feedback. Constructive criticism helps me to improve my writing skills, and perhaps write another book.
Two of my blogging friends – Sally Cronin and Stevie Turner gave me some much needed promotion on their blogs. Both are experienced authors, and have recently launched new books. Please call round and give them your support.
12. I joined Amazon KDP select for three months, to make good use of their FREE days. This allows me to receive my normal 70% sales commission for the remainder of the three month period. I have experimented with promotion of these FREE days, and it has helped me gather more information on the best marketing tools. I continue on this rather steep learning curve.
13. I approached our local radio station, and did an interview.
14. I approached our local paper, and they published an article.
15. Word of mouth is a great FREE marketing tool, and I network with on a daily basis…
All progress is recorded, and helps to keep me motivated and positive.
I stepped back over Christmas and relaxed BIG TIME, blogging just a little, watching a box set of “Outlander” series 1 and 2 ( highly recommended), before I succumbed to a chest infection. Unfortunately, the past three months were not a great example of slow!
I rested and re-blogged old posts, before deciding to end my daily “Thoughts for Today” posts. I created a chart of your favourites in “Pick of the Thoughts for 2016”
My blog needed a bit of a makeover, so I gave it a gentle face lift over the month of January.
I am now posting less often, to allow me time on my Reader, Goodreads, Facebook and more recently Twitter…
16. I bought “Twitter for Writers”by Rayne Hall and learned LOTS. I am slowly getting more proficient.
I am gradually creating links between my Goodreads friends, blogging friends and my Facebook and Twitter followers. It is growing into a large supportive network.
One of the friends I made through the “Women Inspiring Women”group on Facebook recently created a new Mind, Body and Spirit internet radio show. Serendipity, gifted me with a free interview – one of ten. I passed word to some of my therapist friends.
I hope to share the podcast soon.
Last week, I revised both my Amazon categories and my price. I shall keep a close watch to see if they need more tweaking.
This week, I am giving my first talk to a group of women with fibromyalgia.
The next step on my journey is to publish a paperback version of “Watching the Daisies.”
I am hoping to do this well before “Fibromyalgia Awareness Day” on 12 May.
Everything is unfolding perfectly…
Approaching my first year blog anniversary, I am so grateful for all your support.