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Author of CONNECTED, a mystery thriller with a touch of speculative science & philosophy.
Posts Tagged ‘promoting books through twitter’

For some time now, the self-publishing world has been buzzing with word of a new promotional vehicle, the Blog Tour. To understand exactly what this is and how it works, I decided to take part in one – not my own, but that of US Author, Elizabeth Rose, who has organised one to promote her upcoming novel, When the Last Petal Falls. On this stop of the tour, Elizabeth has kindly agreed to answer a few questions about the tour itself, blogging, and of course her book.

In the first part of this article, I shared a little of my own limited experience in the world of Indie-publishing and explained how, no matter how good your book may be, like any product, its success (unless you are exceptionally lucky) will depend on how effectively you market and promote it. With this in mind, two weeks ago I published via twitter, Facebook and a few other on-line forums, the link to a quick anonymous Author Survey. Since then, I have had responses from 33 authors, 26 of whom are self-published. 12 of the 33 respondents have sold over 5000 books, 5 have sold over 10,000, 2 over 50,000 and just 1 over 100,000. Statisticians among you will no doubt point out that this may not necessarily be a representative sample and of course there are many different ways in which the following data could be interpreted, but I feel it provides some useful insights nonetheless.

This is the first of a 2-part article. In part 2 I will share the results of my Author Survey, posted 2 weeks ago. So, for many months if not years, you pour your heart and soul into a book, edit it to the point where you feel you have a winner, and then what? The Old Way. Unless you have connections in the publishing industry, you soon realise that finding a publisher willing even to look at the first page is about as likely as winning the Euro-millions lottery. So you borrow or purchase a recent copy of the Writers & Artists Yearbook and begin the laborious process of targeting literary agents. Having exhausted the relatively small fraction of these modern enough to accept email submissions, you reluctantly move on to the laggards. From these you try to select those representing authors of a similar genre to yourself and begin posting off printed samples (with strict adherence to each one’s specific submission guidelines). And then you wait… And you wait…

August 8th, 2012

Author Survey

2 Comments, Announcement, by Simon.

  Since publishing my first book in June this year, I’m interested to learn how my fellow authors are finding this strange world of indie publishing into which I am now thrust. If you’re an author and as curious as I on this topic, please answer the 8 brief questions found in this anonymous on-line survey. It takes less than a minute. If you’re just interested to see the results, subscribe to my blog, Facebook, or twitter feed using the buttons on the right-hand side of this page, or check back here in a week or so. Thanks for visiting!