As writers we play the infinitely difficult Where’s Wally of reader spotting. But locating those pesky readers is more tortuous than tweezing your granddads nasal hair, and yet, it is THE most important thing we do.
As I draw nearer to handing my book to beta readers, the prospect of completing it, having to press publish and my labour of love subsequently disappearing into the utterly saturated Amazon rainforest of books, never to be seen again, is becoming frighteningly real.
In an attempt to prevent the only people buying my book being mumsy and wifeypoos, I read 3 marketing books last month:
Joanna Penn’s How to Market a Book
Nick Stephenson’s Supercharge Your Kindle Sales
And Tim Grahl’s Your First 1000 Copies
The whole point of my blog is to share what I learn on this sanity testing journey to authordom and what did I learn? Well, I’m resolute on the fact finding your readers will always be the holy grail of authorlyness and because it’s the holy grail, not all of us will find it. BUT, I also learnt a whole heap of other neat tricks to help us along the way, as well as finding an answer to the 64 bergillion dollar question, should an author blog…?
I learnt a shit ton of stuff, so I’ve split this post into two.
So here are 9 ways to help you find your audience, this week I bring you way one to five. (more…)