I’ve been an author since 2012, and I’ve never had the support that I’ve acquired recently. I started off as a published author with a publisher who claimed to be ‘Christian Based’, only to be bamboozled, stolen from and lied too. It left me feeling depressed and in the dark. I had 3 books published by this company, had purchased many, many paperbacks to sell and was promised a book touring gig. Well, that didn’t happen. I wound up in coffee shops, flea markets, and sideshows mostly, with only one or two very small bookstores agreeing to host me at a book signing, and I had to beg for those. I’ll stop the rant. All that is in the past. I broke my contract and started over on my own as an indie author.
Marketing is hard. Indie authors struggle with this part of our work daily. It can also be expensive with most firms wanting a large fee up front for various awards, and promotions, and if you are like me, you don’t have money to throw around. I’d much rather receive notoriety from readers who liked my work, it’s because I feel better about my projects knowing I didn’t have to pay for approval.
I am a happy camper! Recently, I stumbled across two or three groups online and began to actively participate instead of just doing the typical drop and go adds. Creating relationships with these people was fun and very helpful. Not only did it give my work a boost, I felt like part of a team who were working as one unit promoting and encouraging each other.
I encourage any new author to join groups, especially discussion groups and get to know your fellow authors. We are not competing with each other. This world has millions of readers, who are looking for new authors. Join the team and work to help one another so we can feed these readers who are craving new material. Going alone in this marketing world, is frustrating and depressing why not have fun and enjoy some company, even if it is online.
You can follow me and find out what groups I collaborate with. Look at my ‘group feature’ on Facebook, some groups I only do the drop and go promo add, but I really enjoy discussion groups best.
Personal Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/raven.price.16
Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/Roaringpurr/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel