I recently posted a similar query about this - and the advice everyone gave me ... keep writing. I have decided to give promoting a miss for now - it is not my strength anyway - and my story seems to be selling okay so far.tina kaleal said:I just had my first book "Family Plot" published but i'm having trouble promoting it.Can anyone please help me?
As I've never tried a Goodreads giveaway before, I'm curious as to how this works. Do you send a pdf, or how do you gift the copy (as Amazon can easily be manipulated to where your gift turns into a loss)? I'm not a real fan of Smashwords, so not sure I want to rely on that vehicle for giveaways, so hoping there's better information available.Carrie Rubin said:As Saul Tanpepper mentioned, a Goodreads Giveaway can be a nice way to garner some attention.
Sorry, I should have clarified. Goodreads Giveaways are for paper copies only--not e-books. Here's a link to their informational video: http://www.slideshare.net/GoodreadsPresentations/your-guide-to-giveaways-on-goodreads-15194819sarbonn said:As I've never tried a Goodreads giveaway before, I'm curious as to how this works. Do you send a pdf, or how do you gift the copy (as Amazon can easily be manipulated to where your gift turns into a loss)? I'm not a real fan of Smashwords, so not sure I want to rely on that vehicle for giveaways, so hoping there's better information available.
ElHawk said:In addition to the free giveaways already mentioned, I would encourage you to get active on Goodreads AS A READER (that means, don't go there just to talk about your book. Go there to talk about other people's books.) As you make real friends on GR and as your comments and reviews show up in their feeds, you will get a wider and wider base of friends. Eventually all these people will figure out that you're an author, too, and because they like you, they will check out your book.
On the whole, I would caution you to manage your expectations. Be realistic about what bookselling looks like and how long it takes in this day and age. It will probably take a long time for you to find a few readers, and then it will take longer to find lots of readers, and it will take a long time for reviews to come in and for sales to pick up, but all these things will happen if you have written a good book. Expect a long haul. In the meantime, plan for that future date when you are finally "discovered" by preparing a nice, large backlist for your future readers. Write a
I appreciate the advice. I'm actually quite situated on Goodreads and was for quite some time before I even realized there was an author's section to it. So most groups I belong to know me as a reader first and a writer second.