27 March 2015

What It's Like On the Other Side: Pondering Post-Publication

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The five months since indie-published my debut novel have sailed by in a blur of thrilling reader responses, obsessive sales checking and frenzied promotion. So what's it like on the other side of indie publishing?

I am now an author. I am now earning money for my work. I can claim that title and that makes me happy.

I have had some readers contact me directly and praise the book, thanking me for writing it. That is gratifying beyond words!

I am also incredibly blessed to have a great network of writer friends who have celebrated all the little milestones with me and keep me motivated. I'm making new connections online as well which give me further support (and who I hope I can support), whether that's Facebook groups, bloggers, tweeps and other newbie authors who have discovered my book and my story.

Am I making as many sales and I hoped? No, of course not. This is a long road and as with anything in publishing, building your brand and revenues takes time and a truckload of patience and hard work. And although I've put a huge amount of effort into getting my name and this first book out there, all the wisdom on the interwebs tells me that I need at least a few more books for sale before I will gain real momentum.

Having said that, I have had some success at getting the word out (especially online). Apart from maintaining a social presence on FacebookTwitter, Google+, Goodreads, Pinterest, setting up an email newsletter, redesigning this website and adding the books page, I have been organising a sort of DIY blog tour. I'm about to post a separate article on my learnings from soliciting reviews from book bloggers. I've 'met' some lovely people through the course of this experience, many of whom are now champions for my book.

Now I'm attempting to focus on getting the print edition done, and then... full steam ahead on books 2 and 3!

Here are the websites I have arranged appearances on so far:

Calico Critic (excerpt and giveaway)
My Jane Austen Book Club (guest post and giveaway)
Word Menagerie (review)
Austenprose (excerpt)
Austenprose (review)
Tome Tender (review)
Tome Tender (spotlight and giveaway)
Wishful Endings (guest post, review and giveaway)
Flashlight Commentary (interview)
Midnight Attic Reader (review)
The Long and the Short Of It Reviews (review)
So Little Time (review)
eBook Review Gal (review)
Love Saves The World (review)
Babblings of a Bookworm (review)
I Love to Read and Review Books (guest post)
Historical Novel Society (review)
Toot's Book Reviews (spotlight, excerpt and guest post)
Library of Clean Reads (review)
Unusual Historicals (interview and giveaway)
Unusual Historicals (excerpt)
VVB32 Reads (review)
Examiner.com (interview)
Portable Pieces of Thoughts (review)
Bibliosmiles (guest post)
Broken Teepee (review)
To Read or Not to Read (feature)
Postcards from Asia (review)
The Book Stop (review)
The Content Reader (review)
Stephanie's Book Reviews (review)
Getting Your Read On (review)
Fiction Zeal (review)
Books and Beverages (review)
The Emerald City Book Review (interview)
Katie's Clean Book Collection (review)
Cynthia Woolf (excerpt and giveaway)
Book Junkiez (review)

Coming soon:

Brooke Blogs
Gotta Write Network
Leila Reads
Geeks in High School
Bloggin Bout Books
Emma's Bookery
Frugal Book Collectors
Laughing With Lizzie
The Book Nut
Babs Book Bistro
LDS and Lovin It
Bookworm Nation
Literary Time Out
Wonderous Reviews
I'm Lost in Books
Books and Things
Literature Junkie Extraordinare
Blue Eye Books
A Way With Words
Arts, Books & Coffee
Pirate Penguin's Reads
Jane Davis
More Agreeably Engaged
Diary of an Eccentric
A Bookish Way of Life
My Love For Jane Austen
and possibly, Smart Bitches Trashy Books