Writing a book is hard work so if you’ve made it to the finish line, you’re already a success. You probably have a bunch of friends and family who are super excited about your new journey and you may have figured out how to publish your book. Everyone who knows you buys a copy and some of them will even share a post for you on Facebook. You’re super excited. Your time has come. The first couple of weeks pass and your sales suddenly stop. You’re wondering why you’ve lost momentum and no one can find your book. You continue posting on social media but no one reacts, and no one buys your book. What went wrong? You feel disheartened and after months of the same, you give up.
The sea of Indie Publishing has deep waters and sometimes you feel like you’re out there all by yourself and you have no idea which direction to paddle.
When I first started out, I read all the blogs, listened to all the podcasts, I knew I needed to book promotions and connect with readers, but I had no idea where to find readers or what kind of promotions to book. I worked part-time so I could write and didn’t have enough money to go crazy on advertising. Did that mean I was doomed to fail?
One thing I wish I’d known sooner, was the importance of networking. Indie authors are an incredibly generous bunch and they’re often thrilled to share their successes and failures with you. We might not have big publishers but we’re definitely not alone. Once I made a few writing friends, doors finally opened. I realised there were so many options out there and they didn’t involve me selling my car to run an ad.
There are cheap promotions out there. In fact, there are free promotions out there. And there are plenty of readers searching for your book with no way to find them. If you’re tired of trying to navigate on your own but you can’t afford a big promotional campaign, there are ways to work with what you have.
I know so many new indie authors struggle with this as they float aimlessly in their one man boat. So I created The Indie Academy. A brand new venture that helps indie authors find their way.
I’m offering a whole range of services, from super cheap promo bookings, mailing list help, social media set up, even good old fashioned advice. Basically, you tell me what you’re trying to achieve, I tell you how much it’s likely to cost and you set your own budget. Even if you can’t afford what I recommend, I’d be happy to point you in the right direction!