Author Fostering Week 19th – 25th October

Taking Part Foster

I’m taking part in Author Fostering Week from the 19th October to the 25th on behalf Jo & Isa Loves Books blog. I’ll be featuring on The Voluptuous Book Diva’s Facebook page. Like her page so you can see me!

I’ll be giving away a copy of Her Sweetest Downfall!

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Promoting your book

Every author knows promoting your book is like fishing in a huge ocean. The market is saturated and makes it difficult to find your market and most of all, readers. For those authors who want to become the next E. L James or Stephen King overnight, think again. It takes years of hard work and persistence.

Promoting your book in a polluted sea might seem like a hard feat, but it can done. The age of social media and the Internet has made book promotion easier and user friendly. The best advice I can give to new authors is write, write and write. Keep releasing books. Those authors who strike it gold overnight are rarities, and those left behind have to quiver in their shadow. Jealousy rears its ugly head and makes you second guess your own work. I was there this week. I was seriously thinking about giving up writing for good, even though it’s my lifeline, passion and love. My latest sales for my books weren’t earning enough and it really bought me down. But writing isn’t about making money, its about connecting with your readers. I’ve done Book Tours and received a good response. I don’t make sales? Who cares. All I want is my readers to recommend my books to their friends and family.

Writing is about repetition. The more books you write and release, the more people will get to know you. In the SEO world, this is called Customer Awareness. Your readers will see your name out there more often and feel inclined to see ‘what all the fuss is about’.

I’ve published 4 books and, I’ll be honest, hasn’t made me much money. It does knock you down a few pegs to see other authors in your genre get picked up by the big publishers and you compare their work to yours. Never do that! It will only lead to more heartache. I used to criticise and loathe EL James because I didn’t think she was a ‘good writer.’ Now, I let my judgement pass. Us writers should flock together.

This article from the Entrepreneur might help when it comes to social media promotion.

Update

It’s been ages since my last post and I feel really bad for neglecting the site. So I wanted to explain myself.  I lost my job 2 months ago and I have been frantically looking for a new one. As you can imagine I haven’t had much time to write or update my blog. I aim to do some advertising on Facebook once I’m employed and am relying on Twitter to help get my name out there. I reached 500 followers as of last week! Very excited.

My released novels Darkness before Dawn and Skylark have been out for a month or so now and are doing well. I hope to attract more reviews so I can post them to the site. Head over to the book store to check them out.

Now as for novels, I have finally finished editing my dystopian Edge of Tomorrow after some help from very talented beta readers. Thank you guys! The book is 100x better and I even have agents interested.

Of course my main priority is to get a job, but I am also very keen to get Edge of Tomorrow sold. It is currently doing the rounds with agents and publishers. I have started writing my next urban fantasy which will join EarthWalker. While I was on my first wedding anniversary last week, I actually dreamed of the book (plot, characters etc), so I knew it was important for me to do it. I am slowly working on it while I get my other priorities completed first.

Thanks for your support, and I hope to announce a new job and book contract soon. How cool would that be!