This post is for those interested in my self publishing journey.
The last 3 months have had many ups and downs.I have learnt a lot and hope any aspiring authors may find this helpful.
When I was researching self publishing I found it very difficult to find any actual sales figures so thought I would report mine every few months. After 3 months seems to be an appropriate time for my first report.
My sales figures for my first three months are -
361 free (promotion I ran in December) The Awakening
44 sold The Awakening
8 sold Origins
Whilst I am pleased with these figures I had hoped the free promotion would have resulted in more reviews/recommendations and I'm not sure if it was a successful promotion.
Most of the free copies were in America (272) so I had hoped for some reviews on Amazon.com but I've only had 1 and it was not at all complimentary (Eek!!!) The other review on Amazon.com was from a UK blog review and they very kindly posted the review on Amazon.com/uk and Goodreads.
I've seen various blogs/articles about free promotions and people seem to have varied opinions on the results. I'm reserving judgement at the moment and may try it again in the future now The Awakening has been updated. On 25th February I updated The Awakening and 97 proof reading errors were corrected and the acknowledgements page was added which has my contact details on.
I'm hoping to run a kindle countdown very soon to increase sales and awareness and with the updated version hopefully get some further followers on Facebook and Twitter.
One piece of advice I would give any aspiring authors is to get on Twitter immediately. I have only recently joined and my following on Twitter is already 150 and its only been a couple of weeks, however my Facebook following has stalled although I think partly this is due to notifications not appearing on peoples news feeds. Several friends have told me they do not see my posts unless they actually go to my page.
The other problem I have encountered is getting my book out there. By nature I'm not very good at blowing my own trumpet and find self publicity very difficult. I don't want to trouble people or annoy anyone with multiple posts. I have emailed approximately 80 book blog people but only had 10-15 replies. I'm not sure if this is due to peoples time constraints or if they do not really like the sound of The Awakening. I know a lot of book blog sites are run my people who also have jobs,college,children etc and is a hobby or sideline so everyone is very busy and time is precious.
I've also seen on numerous review policies that they do not deal with self published authors. I'm not sure if this is because they think the finished product will not be a good standard, previous dealing with self published authors did not go well or simply because there is an abundance of traditionally published books to choose from. Any feedback would be welcome.
Since joining Twitter I have been amazed by the amount of authors out there both self published and traditionally. I think it may take me a little while to find my place and build up some contacts. I have conversed with a few lovely people who have kindly featured me on their sites and I am very grateful for their time and effort.
Thank you to everyone that has bought and enjoyed The Awakening. Remember you can always comment on my Facebook page or tweet me.
Thank you also to the book bloggers that have helped me spread the word. Happy blogging.
I hope you have found this post interesting. Sorry its a bit long.