Recently, I've been thinking about what it means to be an indie author. I'm releasing another book in ten days, but unlike the times before, I'm not stressing over the promotional side of things. I've organized a release party on Facebook and a Thunderclap Campaign. The trouble is, as with all of my other books, I haven't really planned a sustained approach to keep this New Adult novel before potential readers' eyes.
After two novellas, two short story collections and eleven novels, it feels weird to say I still haven't found my audience, but I haven't. I know what my target market is, but haven't explored enough avenues to get me there.
The good thing is, I recognized ages ago that I'll be writing even if I have few readers and if I never make a living at it. I believe what is important is producing the best story I can with each release. Up to now, I've been able to say every book is my best book, so I'm happy in that respect. The rest will come with time and organization.
What are your struggles? Weighed down with all the hands you need to be effective as an indie-writer-cum-marketer? Any plans in place to promote your book/s?
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If you think you're up to the task and can manage that for a month, hit me up in the comments or at jmwordsmith at gmail dot com. I have sweet enticement in the form of the cute fella off to the right.
Wouldn't you love to this cutie pie on your blog too? My minion mascot was created by none other than ultra-creative Jeremy Hawkins.