The past couple of days have been a learning experience in marketing. Discovering that I have sold NO books for the entire month of July had me scurrying for solutions. I'd thought I was doing enough being on Goodreads, Facebook (3 different sites) Twitter (okay, only occasionally), keeping up with three blogs and reading and commenting on many more. NOT.
I contacted two internet acquaintances who are indie authors and have a presence on these same sites and ran my question by them--what should I do? I wailed via type. It is amazing how generous and supportive other writers can be.
Valerie Douglas had several very good suggestions:
1. join as many sites as possible and create a presence--not to talk about my book but more to connect with others and be recognized.
2. join another FB site called Book Junkies. http://www.facebook.com/groups/ginniefrancesreadingroup/
3. join the blog http://wistfulskimmiesbookreviews.blogspot.com/
4. Try not to be impatient--it all takes TIME.
5. The more books you have out there the better.
My friend Sarah, on Goodreads, suggested googling book blogs in my genre. She also mentioned reading and commenting on as many as ten to twenty blogs that I feel personally connected with. Another suggestion was to go to Technorati.com, a website with info on top blogs in different subjects.
From someone (can't remember who) I found http://www.efictionmag.com/, a site where you can submit writing, among other things.
And so my entire day has been taken up with posting on Goodreads sites, posting on FB, googling blogs that I might be interested in and sending off a short story to eFiction. Oh, and I did send out at least one tweet!
Trying to keep track of what I've done and what I need to do, and the blogs I'm now following needs to be written out on a spread-sheet--
My question is: When do I work on my writing?