As an independent author I’ve learned that we have a very little voice when it comes to how we are treated. Yes you can get into group and such but how much are you really getting from that? Have you really sold more books? I haven’t.
What we need is a store where you can sell your books, be it on line or in something brick and mortar to get anywhere. You need places where you can have book signings without having to sit down next to a hundred other writers trying to do the same thing as you. You need space and it needs to be somewhere that you are the center of attention for a few hours. This could even work with five or ten writers in one sitting, but not with a room full of writers.
Somewhere out there, no I’m not about to break into song although it might not be a bad idea, there may be places where you can do that but I haven’t found them yet. Yes it is possible I haven’t tried hard enough. I have done a couple of book signing but they have been small, real small. I’ve even thought of starting a You Tube channel that post book trailers by lots of indie authors just so it increases your chances of being seen. Yes I have my own channel and the number of subscribers are growing, I have 14 now so go me, but a few subscribers on You Tube doesn’t sell books really. Oh you might get a few sales from that but what you need more than anything is word of mouth. You need recommendations.
Facebook had loads of pages where you can post your books but most of the people in those groups are just like you, they are trying to sell their books not buy yours. There is one group that isn’t like that and it is a great group but all that is listed is eBooks for free. Now you know why it isn’t like the others. Free books for the readers is great but it doesn’t do the author’s pocketbook much good. No, just because they read one of your books for free doesn’t mean they are going out and buying your next one and it has nothing to do with you being a bad writer. It does have everything to do with if I can get a book for free why do I buy your next one. I don’t hold this against them and for a lot of them there is a reason for that. They can’t afford to drop a lot of money into our books.
As usual I don’t expect to hear back from a lot of you, even though you do read my blogs, so feedback isn’t something I expect to get a lot of. Hey you’re busy and I get it. I’m busy too. If anyone does have an opinion or suggestion I will be happy to hear it and it will be appreciated. Hang in there all you Indies. Maybe something will change.