Not the way I thought things would be going right now…
But that’s life, right?
I have clung to this hope that if I just work as hard as humanly possible, write (polish and publish) as many books as possible in the shortest amount of time, I can influence algorithms and sell more books and gain more fans.
For the most part this strategy is working. “The Fae Realm” – my lead magnet that is free on all retailers – is downloaded consistently. My email list is growing. I am selling books.
For the effort I’m putting in, my ROI (return on investment) isn’t what it should be. I’ve looked at the data, tweaked a few things, tried the Goodreads review groups, but I’m screaming silently in a crowd.
I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.
And then I remembered something fundamental: the IWSG isn’t just for us to commiserate, celebrate and have awesome friends – it is also to help each other. Just like Alex said in this awesome post he wrote for my blog.
So will you help me? Please? All of these are short fantasy reads.
For May and June, I want to focus on getting the word out on “Dark Desires”. I have two excellent reviews (thanks Jacqui and Louise!), but I can definitely do with more. I’m also thinking guest posts about the book (YA fiction, folklore, dark fantasy, about beta readers, character interviews with playlists) and interesting interviews to help readers get to know me and my work.
For July and August, I want to focus on the launch of “Magic at Midnight”. Technically, it will be published at the end of May in time for my author experience function 1 June (I’ll talk about this in July). Again I’m looking for reviews, guest posts and interviews.
For September and October, I want to focus on “Black Moon”.
For November and December, I want to focus on “Freedom”.
Next year, I’ll focus on the others.
Yeah, “focus” is my watchword right now.
And, of course, I’ll return the favour. Just check out my March #bookblast posts.
I don’t like to ask for help. I’m one of those people who want to be able to do everything on her own. But I do know that I need help from this awesome community. If you can think of other ways I can promote my work without being sleazy, please tell me in the comments (or add it to the form under “other” if you are willing to help me).
Have an excellent month!
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