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!