I feel like I have shot myself in the foot when it comes to self publishing. The confidence I had several months ago when my book “Finding Gloria” came out is wavering. I feel like I have bitten off more than I can chew. Sure, when I first launched, sales were better than expected for self publishing and kindle averages a book per day; not bad for an indie. It is the topic that is selling; the problem is, getting the word out.
I wish I knew what i know now when I published. Through the process of trial and error I am learning what is working and what isn’t. I have happily passed on this wisdom to other authors, and that has served them all very well. I can help them be successful, and once again, I feel like a failure.
In all honestly, I have not made any money with my book – what money that has come in has gone back into postage, buying more books for local bookshelves and advertising. I spent $100 on a professional press release, got my trailer posted on INDIE TV; and I was featured on INDIE AUTHOR. I had to pay for this space. While i have seen the links to all my sites tweeted to thousands of people over the past week, I don’t see it generated back to me in sales. I have attended several signings, speaking engagements and trade shows; i pay for a table and sit for up to 8 hours. This too doesn’t generate much – UNLESS i post my trailer.
I am not sure what I am doing anymore; I’ve done a paperback, hardcover, e-book; I learned a great way to get readers encouraged is to write a teaser. So I published Behind Whispering Pines – this is the piece that was my jumping off point for Finding Gloria.
The one thing I do wish I had more time to just focus on sales and promotion. I’d like to visit libraries and do other engagements but I am currently tied to a 9-5 that started as a part-time job, but has taken over my life. Plus I write for a monthly newspapers (40 stories per issue) and gathering news is time-consuming, along with the writing of each piece.
Oh well – gonna keep on plugging away, gathering tips, and moving forward. I KNOW if the right person reads my story, amazing things will happen. The challenge is, getting the right person to read it.