Just checked out your book on Smashwords and you're so so talented. Do you have any suggestions for a budding writer like me?
What has worked and what hasn't? Tried FB, Twitter, even book marks. I just don't want to waste my time on things that don't work.
Hello and thank you. I'm wondering which particular book you read. I have four on Smashwords and over twenty-seven published. I have five more titles in the works for publishing this year.
Practice, learn and practice some more. I know you've probably heard somewhere in your life "practice makes perfect," while I'll never be perfect, writing is a craft that is inspired and learned.
The more you read the more ideas spark your creative juices. With self-published books you can also see where the author may have done something wrong.
Write multiple books. On average it will take ten books to become "known." The person with one title is like the 1960's one hit wonders in musical groups, a flash in the pan. If you are serious about writing then you need to do it.
As far as marketing your books...
Twitter, facebook, google+ etc are good for building relationships with your readers and future readers...not just advertising your books for sale.
Do you have a local library or one within fifty miles? They often have "Meet the Author" type events.
Depending on what you write, there are opportunities for promotion.I'm just bouncing a few ideas off the top of my head here. What it takes is tenacity. Not giving up. Think of yourself as a door to door salesman. Knock on every door and if you have to stick your foot in the door jamb to get the audience's attention. As far as marketing books for writers..."Guerrilla Marketing for Writers" is excellent for giving you some ideas which may or may not work. Remember nothing attempted is a failure. If you contact even one buyer out of fifty you've done well. Thomas Edison said after two hundred attempted failures to make a lightbulb and finally made one which worked..."I learned two hundred ways not to make a lightbulb."
So do you have any other suggestions I could offer this budding writer?