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.
I’ve been trying to come up with clever and somewhat unique marketing strategies, at least until I have a good following.
Recently on Facebook and Twitter I posted the ‘1000 books challenge’. There’s a photo of me — which is a rarity in itself — holding up a sign saying that if any of my books reaches 1000 sales by the end of 2016, I’ll get a tattoo. (That’s me, in the photo at the top of this post.)
Part of me hopes people will get behind this campaign, buy one of the ebooks — they’re cheap compared to a paperback — share the post and make it go viral. The introvert inside of me hopes no one will pay any attention and I can go on, like many wines, as a cleanskin.
Then I start to think … Is 1000 books too low? What tattoo would I get, and where? Am I crazy?