A few days ago I talked about marketing books to readers like myself. After much thought, this was the only viable option I could come up with. I need help.
Pirate is to me, a cute kid with serious moments, especially in her book. But I think if I saw anyone, especially a child peering at me through the bookshelves at night I’d freak out.
That said, if I could put posters and small pictures of Pirate in libraries across the world I totally would. In fact, I should just to that — just start leaving pictures of Pirate hidden wherever I go. Heart attacks for everyone!
Bad marketing is better than no marketing. Too bad I don’t have a marketer.
So I finally figured out how to find how many book sales I’ve made today. All nine of them, which is a number which is disappointing yet not cripplingly sad either. That’s just what happens with self-published books with non-existent marketing strategies.
Aside from telling you lovely, invisible folks on the blog and Facebook friends and family, I’ve done no promotional stuff. And word of mouth isn’t that great if you don’t have a lot of mouths.
Putting it generously, if I added up blog followers (some of which may or may not still be following or have existed in the first place), as well as friends on Facebook who probably don’t all ready my posts and family, that would be roughly 200 people. Even if each person went out and told ten more people (not going to happen), that’s 2000 people, only 10% of which might actually want a book like mine.
It’s better to aim your book at a specific audience. My audience would be people like me, who like young fantasy with characters like Pirate. But if I thought about how to market to myself…it’s hopeless.
I found my books browsing through the library, or if people were raving about it as the bestselling book of the century. And even then I might not buy the book. As a kid and even now, I pick up new books very slowly and usually only ones I can buy in bookstores or in print. But if I’m the target audience, I’d better find out a way to find me or else the me now won’t ever be able to sell books to me. If that makes any sense.
I can’t stop making book-related pictures. Somebody stop me!
…Besides that, I’m grateful people have started leaving reviews on Amazon! I’m impressed — some people must read pretty fast or have more time on their hands to get through the book so quickly.
Myself, I can’t read nearly as much as I want to. Between work and ironically, writing, my reading time has been cut down to almost nothing. I also need to start reading the Game of Thrones series since I hear it’s amazing. I’ll also take notes on how to write epic stuff.
About genres. I call Pirate’s Story a Young Adult story, but there are heavier themes inside of it. And nicer things, but who cares about them?
My point is: I chose Young Adult because I feel Middle Grade might be too young for some of the themes. Well, then again, I do remember reading GRENDEL by John Gardner when I was fifteen. Maybe not the best idea.
But I hope adults will like this kind of story as well. Mind you, I still classify Robert Jordan’s WHEEL OF TIME as Young Adult that both adults and not-adults can love. I hope CITY OF MISTS can be half as good.
I’ll try not to harp on about the same topic, but the novel’s my big focus right now, and I draw what happens in my life. I hear one effective tactic for self-published authors is to sell their books very cheaply, or for free in order to raise popularity.
My thought on that was to write the short stories (they take time to revise and edit, alright?), as a free sample of my writing people can enjoy. I thought about promoting my book for free at first, but I don’t have a sense of how many people would be interested either way.
On that note, I can tell people are buying the novel…or at least one person is. Without reviews it’s hard to tell, and Amazon will only let me know how many books were sold after a week, so until then I live in suspense! Back to drawing, promoting, and sleeping!
PS: To anyone patient enough to read down this far, do let me know whether I write too much. If you read my book (shameless plug), you can tell I can expound on subjects with verbose commentary for quite some time, but I try not to overwhelm people with text on my blog posts. Like now, for instance.
And it’s done! Amazon works quick when there’s a good book to be sold (not really true), and The City of Mists is now on sale on Amazon for the Kindle! I’d like to take a moment and thank everyone who visits this blog, my family and of course, Pirate and her friends for making this book possible. I hope you enjoy what I’ve written and find something worthwhile in Pirate’s grand adventure.
I know Amazon provides a free sample chapter for readers, so I highly encourage you to read that before buying the book. I also would love if you left a review — good or bad — of how you like the story. If I can also ask you to recommend the novel to anyone you think might be interested in it, I’d be exceptionally grateful.
There’s not much for me to say with words that can express how nervous and excited I am about this event. I just really hope you all like it, and hope there’s people willing to buy and read a book about our small, brave hero from the sea.
More on Pirate’s Story! I’ve completely finished all the editing of the book, which meant reading around 240 pages in a few days. That means all I need to do is convert the book to Kindle format, upload it on Amazon and get details like the book description done. It looks like we’ll hit the Friday deadline after all!
In the meantime, let me share something special. In the first chapter of City of Mists, Pirate sings a song at sea. Since WordPress doesn’t allow me to simply paste music onto the blog, I’ll link you to that song on Youtube.
And finally, I feel it would be disingenuous (see? I can use big words!) to ask you to buy or recommend my book without trying it first. Thus, I’ll be making the first chapter of City of Mists free to read when I put it up on Amazon. Now I just have to figure out how.