The First Few Steps

In an attempt to get my book out there (again), I’ve decided to make the first in the series free (once more) for a little while. I’m not sure if it’s the best way to go about things, but I do think there’s a lot to be said for giving people some incentive to start reading my work. Actually, as a writer I’d like to be paid for my work, but the reality is, in the market the way it is, it’s not so easy to get noticed. And since I’m not out there waving my hands around for everyone to see, I figure this could be a good way to get things going.

Also, after reading a fantastic comment on one of my posts, I’ve decided to look into a few other things as well.

For one, it was suggested that I think about changing the covers of my book to give the reader a little bit more to go on than what I have. To be honest, I’m not sure I’m 100% behind this idea, even though I understand the logic. The problem is that I don’t really want my book to be represented by the usual covers adorned with zombies screaming, teeth covered in blood, people cowering or running away. For sure, I understand the purpose of it: it gets people interested, excited, ready to buy. And my somewhat obscure covers might not have that appeal. So it’s definitely something I’m going to consider.

For two, it was suggested that I look into rewriting my book blurbs to give a little bit more information to the reader about what is happening in the story. When I had originally written the blurbs, it was after I had spent the past several months editing, re-writing, and formatting my books. The last thing I had wanted to do was write a short summary about all of that. But the truth of the matter is that it’s an important window into my book and needs to be looked at again.

If I’m being completely honest, though, a lot of the reason why I had never wanted to write too much in my blurb was because I didn’t want to give too much of the story away. For me, I think a lot of the allure of reading (and writing for that matter) is not knowing what to expect. But, that being said, no one will bother reading it if the blurbs don’t get them to the first page. Point taken.

Finally, I’m going to look into making my blog a little bit nicer, and more accessible. I have no idea how to make it any more attractive than it already is (which admittedly isn’t much), but I’m going to spend some time trying to figure it all out.

So, these are my first few steps into the marketing world. Honestly, I’m not enjoying it. But that has little to do with anything. It’s something that needs to be done. I might as well have as much fun with it as possible…and learn something in the process.

Thanks, Michael James Sullivan, for the great suggestions!

4 thoughts on “The First Few Steps

  1. Michael James Sullivan March 28, 2015 / 12:24 am

    A few more notes if you don’t mind. If you like the style of the cover, I get that. It’s also nice that the style is consistent across the series. Have you considered hiring someone to do professional covers in a similar style? The book I’m working on that’s up on Wattpad is zombie-apoc but doesn’t have brains, teeth, or zombies on the cover. I tweaked the photo and the font so that “The Lake Diary” (absolutely a boring, bad title) looks like a horror book cover. “Glory” is a fairly ubiquitous term/title, if you don’t want to add a subtitle (understandable) then maybe there’s a way to tweak the cover so that viewers will get an idea what they’re in for

    As for the book blurbs, I only glanced at Amazon. The one you have for your now free title on Smashwords is quite good. That’s the hook, just like a good first line, that will suck the reader in.

    As for the blog changes, there should be a way to add widgets to the side with cover images and links. That way you aren’t “pushing” your books but they’re always visible.

    Hope some of the suggestions help.

    • Michael McManamon March 31, 2015 / 9:56 pm

      Thanks. Your suggestions are always appreciated. 🙂 And, yeah, I’m going to think more about the cover. Actually, I was thinking of getting Photoshop and seeing if I could fix it up a bit that way. I’ll keep you posted.

  2. Steven October 14, 2015 / 4:42 pm

    Hello,
    I came across your book looking for new, and free, Zombie books to download. I came across a book called Dead, which was a free book in a series of 9, and also came across your book as it was recommended based on Dead.

    I ended up getting hooked on Dead and purchased the second book in the series and guess what, the same happened with your book! I was looking just now where to find the second book to purchase/download and came across your website.

    As someone who enjoys zombie, war and apocalyptic type books I was very pleased with your initial release. Your book has a very good story and a great twist on so called zombies. I myself enjoy reading how people would deal with no more authority and structure and your story had me on the edge of my seat a few times. The brutality of some people gets my blood boiling but it’s what I believe would happen if something like that happened. Also the naivety of some of your characters, while it makes me scratch my head, is reflective of the United States today and quite believable.

    I’m looking forward to starting book two and keep up the good work.

    Steve

    • Michael McManamon October 16, 2015 / 5:12 am

      Thank you so much for your comment, Steve. I really appreciate you taking the time to tell me all of that. I hope you enjoy the rest of the Glory series!

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