When Roane Publishing took on my book, I was thrilled and I wasn’t completely thoughtless about it. I liked the pricing, I liked having it out along with my free read, because I felt the free read could give a reader a risk-free way to try my work. Ninety-nine cents? That could cement the relationship that my work is quality. I knew it would be hard to get people to try a name they’ve never heard before, I just didn’t know how hard it would be.
There are so many ways to connect with readers. Aside from paid ads (if you have the money for them—I don’t) there are groups and Twitter and blogging and the very new tsu. So many outlets and yet it feels like your standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon and shouting into it. You can hear your voice echoing back to you, but you don’t know if there’s anyone else down there to hear you shout.
It’s hard. But my original idea is sound. So I’m just going to keep shouting into the canyon, keep screaming as loud and as hard as I can. Eventually, my book, my name, will feel familiar, and more readers will take a chance on me.
And this is my marketing plan. J