My last book, Inspector Kirby and Harold Longcoat – A Northumbrian Mystery went down well with those who read it. There just weren’t enough of those readers. A familiar story to many out there I’m sure. It was fun to write and everyone said it was fun to read, which is great. However, it was still just one book and everything you read tells you as an indie author you need a series. Well, I’ve done it. I’ve written books two and three and the early feedback has been positive. So what now?
This is the point where I tell you that I don’t have all the answers to that question. If anything I’m fuelled with doubt filled questions myself. I know there are those out there who will tell you they have the answer, for a price. However, so far whatever I’ve invested in marketing hasn’t paid itself back. OK, it hasn’t been a fortune and I don’t regret spending the money, because it’s a big learning curve. However, with the investment in time and effort of getting to this point with three books I now want to make the most of them and whatever meagre resources I can throw at it.
There are a few simple things to concentrate on pre-launch.
I have a small launch team pouring over it as I write. I also have a mailing list (not the largest I know) which I’ve kept updated with progress and I’ll make sure there’s a good introductory offer on books 2 and 3 for them. Hopefully, if they enjoyed the first book they’ll go for the new ones (and leave a review). So that’s a start, right?. When I do launch I’ll do an Amazon promotion and then offer the first book for £0.99 on Amazon (or free if I can persuade them?). I’ll offer it for free from my web site. The aim is get a good start with reviews coming in and a decent place in the listings.
Now the difficult bit, reaching as many people as possible who might be interested in that first book and then the two follow-ups. I will of course have tweets lined up and yes some of my 5,000+ followers will retweet, but that’s not enough. I have signed up with BooksGoSocial. They represent good value for money and are genuinely out there to help indie authors. As well as tweeting to their vast twitter audience they also have other, more targeted promotion. So a good place to start.
The big question then is how do I make the best use of the BGS marketing? what can I do that’ll maximise that effort? I’ve asked them the same question.
I know BookBub works, however, qualifying and getting accepted are the difficult bit. So something to keep in mind for later perhaps? Then there’s Amazon and Facebook ads. However, when it comes to the indie-author despite all the hype I’m yet to hear of one who has made it pay. I know you can start small, but I also know it can quickly add up. More research needed perhaps.
The books are set in Northumberland, where I grew up and yes, I may be biased, but I think it’s possibly the most unspoilt and beautiful county in England. Anyway the point is I’ll seek out publications in the North East and see if I can get them interested.
I still feel I could be doing more, but what? All ideas gratefully received. One thing I will do is trawl the blogs etc. out there and see what I come up with. Perhaps the one thing I can definitely do this time is keep going with it. Easier said than done I know. However, with a series this has to be a good opportunity, doesn’t it?
I’ll keep you posted on how it goes.
As always all comments are welcome.