I’ve been asked by a number of my (very sweet) readers how they can help me now that I’ve gone down the indie yellow brick road. Well, this post is to answer them. Here are the best ways to help me spread the word/keep writing.
- This is always going to be number one: buy their books. Most indie authors make them more affordable in e-format because for us, that’s generally the easiest and best way to get our books out there. I price mine substantially lower than what my trad publisher did, but I still make far more per book than I did when I was with a trad publisher (and FAR more than I ever got per print book). A trad paperback brought me about 55-60 cents per book, to give you an idea. Yep, that’s all. Indie is much more lucrative because I get far more of the price point. But I still need to make a living at this.
- Don’t wait to buy the books in a series till the series is completely finished, because if enough people do that, the series may never be finished. Even as an indie author, I have to gauge which books sell best and focus on those series. So when the first couple books in a series don’t sell, if it seems like people don’t want them, I can’t justify writing more in that series.
- Ask your library to order the books! They can buy my e-books via Overdrive.
- This is kind of a no-brainer, but please don’t buy the books, read them, then return them. (Unless, of course, there’s a glitch or something is defective, or you realize you already bought a copy). If you just download them, read them, and then decide you want your money back, you’re basically stealing from me just like a book pirate does. And yes, this does happen.
- Tell your friends about my work! (Especially my indie work—that’s where most of my income comes from, so I’m pushing my current work, not my backlist).
- Leave me a review. In trad, it didn’t matter so much. But in indie? To be able to promote my work on some sites, I have to have a certain number of good reviews (4-5 stars average). If you love the books, leaving me a review on Amazon or Goodreads is so very helpful. Obviously, I’m not encouraging you to leave bad reviews, but then again, if you hate my work I doubt you’re reading this blog. *grins* And if you are, um…okay then.
- Share my posts about new releases on my Facebook page and Twitter. (Not from my FB group—you can’t share posts from in there) and sign up for my newsletter so you get ALL the news, because FB algorithms are running at an all-time low and only about 5% of the people who like my FB page see my posts.
- Take a chance on my new work—don’t feel you’re cheating on the OW series by trying out my new work. Because OW is ending, and because trust me, you can never have too many book boyfriends!
- Recommend my books on blogs, forums, etc., that are asking for recommendations. Now I do NOT want people spamming anybody about my work, but if someone asks for your fave series and my books are among them, recommend them (especially, the indie work).
- If you enjoy the books, let me know. When my readers tell me that they’re loving the Wild Hunt Series as much/more than Otherworld, it makes my heart jump—I feel I’m writing some of my best work now, and that makes me feel good. When readers say they love Fury or Maddy, it makes me smile and feel like I’m actually reaching out with my work the way I want to. So thank you, to those who have taken my new characters and worlds to heart. It’s not that I don’t love Otherworld or appreciate my OW die-hard readers, I truly do, but I’m ready to wind that one up, and I am enjoying sailing into new seas and exploring new lands.
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