Weekly Ramble #61

The editing process of book number 6 has gone well. ‘Darke Awakening’ is a bold and somewhat incredible feat – if I’m allowed to say so. The work we do must give us some sense of pride and as I reached the summit of what was a second draft, I feel a little more relaxed about it. 

When it comes to my own stuff, my main concerns when penning any story are:

1. Is this thing going to work?

2. How the hell am I going to market it?

Luckily when I drafted ‘Darke 2’ I put in a huge amount of effort in answering question 1. First drafts serve that purpose and now comes the probable difficulty in all of this – getting people to read it!

My marketing endeavours have historically worked to an extent and this time around I shall be looking at previous methods while also trying to find new ones. My audience is in a constant state of gradual growth which helps immensely.

Those in the loop will realise I have subtly prefixed ‘The Order of the Following’ on the end of Open Evening, Cemetery House and Darke Blood’s amazon page titles. And in order for Darke Awakening to be fully appreciated they need to be read first as it is all linked together in what is an ambitious crossover. You can expect to hear more about ‘The Order’ soon.

dfw-lh-3dx2The hardest challenge an indie author faces is brand awareness and distribution. Translation- telling people your works exist and that they have appeal. That’s what I shall be doing in the coming months so watch this space!

For a while I can let it sit and go back to reading some awesome indie books. My current read is a book called ‘NightJar’ – its a wonderful foray into the English language, I urge you to check it out.

Those of the author persuasion how do you tell people about your works? 

 

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3 thoughts on “Weekly Ramble #61

  1. I know I’m doing it all wrong, but I rely on my website and paid promotions. I have no presence on social media (by choice). I would love to engage with potential readers, but if it involves being tech savvy, I’m toast! If you come with any great ideas, I’m all ears.

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      • Exactly! Indie authors are hard pressed to gather a following. It’s both expensive and time consuming. I need to start a newsletter, but collecting emails is also expensive and time consuming!
        I’m preparing a post about promotions on a budget and the sites I use. About 60% of my income is from Kindle Unlimited readers – I use KDP Select, so my stuff is exclusive to Amazon. You may want to consider that option if you haven’t already.

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