Instead, I thought I'd get my head around the weird and wonderful world of marketing my books.
It has not gone well. Here are some things I've learnt in the past few days:
- I should have been more prepared to promote my two year old book two years ago
- I should have had more reviews ready to go on the day of publication than I currently have right now
- Even when you're prepared to spend money, most promotion sites only cater to free and $0.99 ebooks
- I shouldn't rely on my 148 Facebook fans to actually see the Facebook updates I put out, because Facebook now only thinks about itself
- Other people do this much better than me, almost instinctively
- I need several more books published than I currently have (which doesn't play havoc with my writers block in the slightest)
- So many links to the biggest, bestest promotion site ever are broken
- Blog posts published on a Saturday evening probably won't get read
My only consolation is that I've finally figured out all the things I've been doing wrong, but I've figured it out too late to help my current books. Hopefully, I'll have it sussed by the time my next one comes along.
What have you learnt, that you wish you'd known at the beginning?