1. Get yourself an awesome-sauce cheerleading crew.
These individuals can come in many different ways. I have a street team, Facebook friends, fellow authors and family that get me over those moments of self-doubt. Believe me, it happens and you never know when it will hit. Don’t be afraid to reach out to others, sometimes it is the only thing that will push you over the hump. Speaking of supports, by way of author friends, this is the second piece of advice.
2. Make contact with those that are in genre you are or intend to write in.
One of my first author friends gave me this advice and I have to tell you that it was the best thing that I could have ever done for myself. I am still spreading the word about my work, but having them at my back and available makes me feel that much better. I get to see what they are doing or have done. I am able to feed them ideas and get feedback. Being part of the UtopYA world has been more helpful than words can say.
3. Find sites that promote your style of writing or the genre you plan to publish.
I didn’t know how wonderful being part of an online authors group would be. I look at the page roughly every other day. I enjoy being there and knowing that I can post a question and people will actually respond. I didn’t know what to expect, initially. I thought it would be a site where everyone there is all about getting their name out there and were unwilling to help others. Finding your tribe is the best thing you can do for yourself!
I’ve also recently bitten the bullet and decided to do online events. It was the best thing that I could have done for myself. I have met some of the greatest, most supportive, online friends that I could have ever met through these events.
4. Before taking on a takeover (whether on a page or at a Facebook party), shop around.
What do I mean shop around? What I mean is attend a few events and see what works for other authors, and what doesn’t. These takeovers are great ways to get your work to new readers, but you need to know the best way to handle them. Some takeovers can be a half an hour, and some are as long as four hours. As an author that is doing self-promoting (a good idea because readers like the opportunity to get your take on what it is you are selling), it is good to have an idea of how to best engage the “partyers” and keep them engaged. There is an art to it. I’ve seen many do it and you could actually hear the cricket sounds coming through the computer speakers.
5. You are your best promoter. Use it.
As a new blogger and promoter, I like to do post (s) on authors that I have the opportunity to interact with. I visit sites and web pages all the time. I have found that there are authors that don’t have any of their book covers, links or promotional tools on their site. If you have any social media links, then all should link to the other. If a Google search is done on you, then something should be found. Hashtags from Twitter, tags from blogs and noted pins with your author name are great ways to get that done. The one thing you don’t want is for your name or your work to be hard to find.
That’s it! I really didn’t think that I had this much to say. It is amazing what happens once you get the ball rolling. Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope some part of it was or is beneficial. Happy reading! Live life out loud!!
New to the Indie Author scene. Isabella Rose Norton currently resides in Savannah, GA with her loving college sweetheart, Daniel, and their lovely seven year old daughter. They have a beautiful yellow Labrador retriever aptly named Goldie.
Her first series is a set of books that touch on subjects that teens of today are dealing with. Each of the books can stand on its own, but are connected to the next book by the closeness of the characters. The series will track the lives of the teens over the course of their remaining years of high school. It is set to be an nine book arc. There will definitely be more to come even after the last of this series has been released.