You would have thought that writing a book was the easy part. Right?
WRONG! I thought once you had your story and publisher you could wipe your hands free of all responsibility. NO SUCH LUCK. So now that I have gained a little more knowledge here is my quick guide to getting noticed.
1) Set up some author sites. Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, Tumblr etc etc. Facebook so far seems to be the most effective in terms of getting people connected to you. You can create a page from your personal page.Just go to the top where you log in and select, create a page. From here you can set up an author page which you can open up to the public. Advertising on Facebook is easy too, you simply follow the steps needed once you have set up your public page and away you go.
2) Link all those accounts together so that you only need to post your comment once. Seriously, trying to remember where to post, what to post and how often is a nightmare. WordPress has a special button that magically links them all. YAY!
3). Set up a Goodreads account and get involved in the community that links to your genre. You will need to set up an author’s page. Please note that your author name has to match the book name exactly. Mine didn’t but I simply emailed Goodreads and they fixed it. Lots of Groups on there have reviewers itching to read your book. The ones that are moderated are better as reviewers can say that they will review it within a certain time frame and then disappear off the face of the earth. If the group is moderated, the moderator will remove that person from reviewing again.
4) Network with other new authors. Seriously, other authors are amazing at supporting one another. What other competitive market does that?? We are in the best profession ever.
5) Keep it fresh. Yes, this means you actively have to rack your brain for things to share with your fans. Not always the easiest thing to do but well worth it.
6) Sign up for virtual blogger tours that support your genre. I found one on Goodreads and have managed to get a week of publicity. Yay again!
7) Google blog sites in your genre. Once you find them look at their review policy carefully. If they are taking reviewers, read their guidelines and send them a personal message asking for support.
8) Word of mouth is everything and the more you get reviews up on your sites, the better.
9) Don’t give up. It’s exhausting but when the reviews start coming in and they are encouraging, it gives you a whole new boost of confidence.
10) Lastly, to find out how it’s all going, you can add an Amazon author account. This tracks your sales and reviews and can help you identify what you need to do next. This is worth it if you have been published by a company. If not Kindle direct allows you to see all the sales from around the world almost instantly.