One Month(ish) Later
After a month of trying my hardest to do every single thing that all those “how to self-publish” blogs tell you to do, I can honestly say that I feel like I’ve had embarrassingly little success for what all I did. I contacted bookstores. I purchased ads. I organized giveaways. I worked with book blogs and book facebook pages. In the end, I’ve sold embarrassingly few books and received absolutely zero reviews. It’s incredibly disheartening. I thought this was going to be a positive blog post, that it would be lighthearted and happy and maybe even inspiring to read. I’m sorry to say that it’s not. But maybe something can be learned from all the ways I failed.
First and foremost: don’t waste your money with Fiverr. It’s just a bunch of people spamming links on their bot-run social media accounts. No one is going to see your book that way.
Second: you’ll spend a lot more with facebook than it’s worth. Sure, facebook ads might be the most successful way to get knowledge of your book out there, but no one gives a damn about that knowledge unless they’ve already heard of you or were already interested in the type of book you’ve put out.
Third: advertising on blogs and facebook pages about books is a waste. I’m pretty sure 80% of the people who follow/subscribe to those things are other authors who got suckered into thinking it was a good idea to advertise with that page. I can honestly say I got 0 results from those pages.
Fourth: GET REVIEWS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! Seriously, the only thing this capitalist society cares about is external validation (but same though?) so no one’s going to want to buy your book if it has no reviews. Unfortunately, I still have no idea how to go about getting reviews, especially considering the long list of people I have who said they’d review my book and never did…
Fifth: Take one for the team and give away your book. I’m serious. The best results I got were from doing a giveaway on Amazon. It costs money to do, but I also had my highest sales rates during the time the giveaway was going on. It’s a great way to generate interest and get people to at least look at your book.
Anyway, I beg you to learn from my mistakes. Don’t waste your money. Get reviews. Do literally anything except what I’ve done. Most importantly, learn to think like a marketer. And if you figure out how to do that, please let me know.