This is my self-published book – I’m so pleased with the cover.
I want to shout to the world,
‘READ IT. READ IT!
Problem – How to market a self-published book
I don’t expect everyone to like it but I would love to think that everyone who reads English will give it a go!
One of the hardest things for self-publishers is getting their book noticed. It is harder than writing it, than having it edited and working on the advice and criticism that follows. Harder than the whole writing process. Harder than my time editing and proof reading. Harder than saying to myself,
‘Be brave. Stop this never ending tinkering. Take the next step,’ and actually take the next step.
What I need is a smart marketing student to take Mayhem in Melbourne on for a percentage of any profit or a flat fee. But I’m not sure where to find one of these People.
If you are one please get in touch. I will greet you with open arms and see you as my angel disguised as a marketer.
Failing that and it is failing that because I don’t know where to find one. I’m struggling along myself.
I’ve added Mayhem in Melbourne to Bookbub’s enormous list. I was not selected for a book-of-the-day for next month – July. I and will try again in four weeks. That’s is a date in my diary.
You can see it on Bookbub here
I’ve also paid $297.00 to have it reviewed and featured in the onlinebookclub
I spent time debating over how useful this site would be. After some research I decided to give it a go. To give it a proper ‘go’ I decided on the top package.
This is what it is
Level 4 Review – (best value) – $297
Includes 2 months featured status
2 week homepage link to review
Guaranteed to get one of a few top-level reviewers
Entry into Book of the Year Contest!
Average turnaround: 1 month
It is too early to tell what is going to happen here. The site is interesting and very impersonal from what I have experienced so far. As part of a promotion the owner of the site, Nick Stephenson, said he would buy a kindle version of any book of an author who signed up. I signed with that promotion and was asked to send a PDF version of the book, which I did.
Later I sent an email regarding his buying a kindle version. I got an automatic reply referring me to their ‘Questions and Answers’ page. It seems as if there is no way to send an email to an actual person. I will let their purchase of my eBook fade into the distance – not obviously going to happen and of course at $3.99 for Mayhem in Melbourne it is not a great financial loss.
I wanted to give you a link to my book on this web site but I can’t find it. I can get into the author’s page but I can’t send a link to a friend to have a look.
They promise numerous reviews and as I paid the top amount these should be done within a month. The interesting thing about the reviews is that the reviewers are paid. My $297 should pay for a few reviews. You can register on the site to be a reviewer.
I imagine it is too early to know if I get value for my investment but after four weeks I don’t appear to have a single review. So far I feel the money may have been better spent elsewhere.
I had hoped that with this investment I could sit back and write and let the reviews and possibly the sales of my book roll along. That’s the outcome I want. Then I can get back to writing.
I’ll keep you posted!!