posted on Jan, 4 2015 @ 03:25 AM
a reply to: CraftBuilder
First, I think that 'success' depends on how you measure it.
If we are talking profit, than most would NOT consider me successful. For now, I am
measuring it by reviews and followers. I think one of the best moves I made (aside from a complete edit for someone other than myself and having
professional covers done) was to join Goodreads. It is a huge website totally built around readers and connecting them with books/authors. By giving
away almost as many books as I have sold, I have been able to build up a small following and have finally gotten over 30 reviews on Amazon (and
maintained a 4.5 star rating). I have over 60 reviews though on Goodreads for the trilogy.
Apparently, there were over 500,000 self-published books put out just last year. If you think about THAT, then it's easy to understand how hard it is
to get your books seen, let alone chosen for purchase.
SO...a good cover and edit is crucial (as well as a good story, of course) then...social media. It is also REALLY important to keep putting out titles
consistently. I have five books out now, and I'm working on the 6th right now. (the second book in my middle grade trilogy)
I think having a blog and other sites that are connected to the right search engines (like chrome) is big, too. Lastly....REVIEWS. Reviews will make
or break you and it's absolutely a must to pull readers in on Amazon. I got very fortunate and somehow, a reviewer from a HUGE website (rabidreads)
got a hold of a copy of Bloodline and gave me a 4.5 star, glowing review. They don't even normally review books that are self-published. Things like
that are HUGE, but you have to capitalize on it.