Hello again! As promised in my previous post, I will begin to tell you all of my self-publishing secrets. Well, they really aren't secrets, but when I first started my journey they might as well have been in a foreign language.
As I mentioned before, writing the book is the easy part. But what do you do after you type that last word? (Other than fall on your face and cry, dance , jump for joy, ect..) That is when the you know what hits the fan. As a general rule most writers are the quiet type. We would prefer to stay hidden away in a cabin somewhere in the woods and only talk to "REAL" people when absolutely necessary.
Once the book is finished, you have to break down all of your walls and get out in the public. For some of you that is easier than others(we hate you) but for the rest of us, it can be a deal breaker. Many wonderful books never made it past the marketing phase and fizzled out before their fire even started burning.(sad face) So, I want to help make it a little easier. In these posts, I'm not going to talk a lot about the writing, editing, ect... I'm going to focus on what to do once all of that is finished. Actually, a lot of what I'm going to say, you should begin before your book is completed. Remember what EVERYBODY said...Get a following... Well, I'm going to, at least, attempt to get you started.
Step 1--get involved in social media. That doesn't mean just your regular old pages. Start author pages on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, ect... I have had my best luck with Instagram as far as making connections. Don't delay, this is a great way to get people interested in what you are doing. Post quotes and exerts of your upcoming book. Also pictures of your cover reveal help to spike interest. You can even poll your followers on which cover to choose from. Don't overwhelm yourself trying to keep up with all of your social media accounts. Pick one or two that you feel most comfortable with and spend your time building them up.
Step 2--Get a website. I know, I know, it sounds crazy to start a website because who would even want to look at it, right? Well, think of it like the story of Noah in the Bible. He began building the ark long before the rain even started to fall. (smart guy) You too need to be prepared for the flood(pun totally intended) of readers you will get once your book gets published. This is a must. Your potential readers have to be able to find you. There are many website builders out there. I use wix.com. It is super easy to navigate and also has a place to start a blog, which I will discuss in my next post. I hope this helps. Good luck and happy reading!