This morning I wrote on Cerulean Rust, my second steampunk novel. It now stands at over 72,000 words. Good amount, but I had to stop early because I couldn’t stop processing last night’s events.
As part of my process to grow as a writer, I am trying to be more social on media. As an introvert and very blunt talker it’s hard but last night I pushed farther than normal. I went to a few FB groups and posted various questions. They enacted some very long conversations, some still going on this morning. I’m glad I did it, and will do more to reach out.
But one issue got my goat (so long goat). It began about dumb Amazon now wiping out book reviews from people who simply know an author. This is done by the company mining your media data. That’s terrible and counterproductive to sales, but not what for me wondering.
In between this talk a friend in another group posted she will no longer promote her book in various groups because they are filled with writers, not readers. It hit me because I’ve had the same problem. Post a promo. Get a like. Assume said like is someone who might buy a copy. No. It’s a writer, who in turn wants you to go and like their book. This isn’t all bad. Quite a few authors like my stuff and I theirs to support one another. However…
If all we do is promote to each other, we’re not selling, except during free giveaways and Kindle Countdowns. So I had to wonder, where do you promote online to get readers?
Not Good reads, unless I’m doing it wrong. Readers may recommend but don’t advertise. LibraryThing and Booksie are also writer dominated I learned. So where is the market? I’m far from a business minded Joe, but somewhere in the WWW there has to be a place.
I’m grateful whenever someone buts a copy of An Unsubstantiated Chamber. But in the back of my mind a thought keeps saying there has to be a better way, a smarter way, a site where readers are scanning books to read.
Maybe if I start a Steampunk Readers Group? Rules being you are only here as a reader looking for books to buy. But then how do I sort the promoting writers from readers? Hmm…
Like for Like seems to be unproductive. Even books consistently free move slow. I want to crack this case, and find a way we can sell better.
After all, I read a lot of great things, and want more people to know about them. Maybe if we take a day to promote other writers’ works, price, link etc. I might try that with permission. I know some talented folks with great books. Maybe by heavily recommending them, I then mention mine later as an aside. Two birds. One stone.
I think the advice I’ve been reading is true. Connecting with folks by talking will nab more fans than rampant promos. It takes longer, but the bonds formed are more enduring.
Any writer up for the cross promotional idea comment below. Also if you have an idea or know a site to reach buyers comment it here. Spread the word.
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