Two important necessities that drive most indie authors crazy: Reviews and Marketing.
Writing a Review – It is by far the simplest and fastest way a reader can provide immediate feedback to an author about their book. Buy. Read. Write a review.
|Please tell me why you didn't like my book!|
Sadly, most people loathe writing a review. The most common response when asked why someone didn’t write a review - “I never know what to write?” That’s okay. I am here to help you with that problem. Trust me; it’s easy and it’s quick.
If you didn’t like the book; say you didn’t like it. Reviews are important to an author; good and bad. Besides, we love hearing from our fans as well as our haters.
Example: I disliked the book. 1 star. Brief explanation why. Too short. Too long. Bad Story. Predictable. Poorly written. Bad editing. Etc. Etc. Presto you’re done!
You do not have to write 500 words. Keep it simple and to the point. Same goes for a book you liked, although if you really liked the book and feel compelled to elaborate, by all means, please do so. Using words such as: Great, Awesome, Fantastic, and Spectacular are totally acceptable.
There you have it. Simple. Easy. And Fast. One other thing. Writing nasty things just because you like writing nasty things is just bad form. You’re better than that.
Writing a review is the second best way you can express your appreciation to the author. Obviously, buying their book is first.
Marketing – YUK! No problem. Humility is a good thing, but you wrote a book and you want people to read it. “How do I attract the attention of potential readers?”
Once again, keep it simple. Tell your relatives, friends, and your enemies. Twitter, Facebook, and local book signings are good places to spread the word. Also, donate a few copies to a high school or your local library. Librarians are your greatest asset. Buy them breakfast. Bring them donuts. Beg them to promote your book. Begging is okay, just don’t drool on them.
Use beguiling phrases when describing your book: “Great read and lots of action!” “Hauntingly Awesome!” “Captivatingly Unique!” “A Memorable Experience.” “Easy to read because it was written by an idiot who thought he was a writer.” “The epic journey about a woman who had 700 children and 3 cats.”
Okay maybe marketing is not my strongest attribute, but I do routinely poll customers at the local book store and library to find out what attracts them to a particular book. The majority of responses are: they look for genre first, though informative blurbs on the back and favorite authors are also equally important when they are looking for a book to read.
Good luck and write like you mean it!
Breathing is the most important thing you will ever do, everything else is just icing on the cake of life.