1K book challenge update one: three months into the challenge …
As an independent author, I understand all too well the challenge of gaining recognition, and a following. (I refer to all of my followers as ‘angel followers’. It’s a phrase I’m using in book five — Angel’s Demon — of the Angel Series, and it relates to a number of characters appearing in that book.) It’s easy to self-publish, but much harder to have your voice heard in an ocean of constant chatter. And let’s face it, no one wants to read your posts or tweets if every single one of them is aimed at selling your books. It gets old very quickly. I try to bring other things to the table — author interviews, little titbits of information, funny things that are happening, artwork and photos.
I’m sure there’s more I could do, yet being an introvert makes even the smallest of things a challenge when you’re interacting with people, social media included. I don’t want to get to the point where I’m tell people what I had for breakfast — cereal, if you’re interested — or when my last bowel movement was — no, I’m not disclosing that piece of information, but if you’re interested in what colour it was, contact me and I’ll let you know!
Before I get down to the nitty-gritty stuff, if you happened to purchase one or more of my books, thank you. I really do appreciate it!
Figures as at day 102
Okay, so now it’s time to step off the soapbox and give you that 1K book challenge update. No laughter please. This is serious business, even if the figures aren’t quite what I was hoping for.
*Twisted Poems of a Warped Mind
* This hasn’t actually been published yet, but I had a number of advance copies printed off to take to Oz Comic-Con. I’m happy to report that some of them sold!
I have given away around 140 copies of Angel’s Kiss, close to 500 copies of Angel’s Curse, and roughly 30 copies of Angel’s Messiah. If I was going to combine the books and include the ‘freebies’, I would have almost reached my 1K book challenge goal.
Part of me is secretly happy that sales are on a slow simmer, and part of me is screaming and shouting, wondering what other marketing strategies I can employ to get me books moving … but if I struck gold, I’d have to get a tattoo!
Okay, you can stop laughing now. I need to go and have breakfast — a crust of stale bread and a glass of water …