Bigger is not always Better
I've been writing and publishing for a long time. When my first book was published, all I had to do was to post the new release on my Facebook page and hundreds of books were sold within days.
However, with the huge surge of self-published books came the hard times of promoting books that is getting harder by the minute.
There are thousands of great stories hidden in the haystack of books and readers can't find them because the authors can't afford the growing marketing fees to push their books to closer to the surface.
A large group of authors, desperate to be recognized, started offering their books for free and this practice got out of hand very fast. They created a huge reader base that will not pay for the author's hard work, they want books for free.
I kept looking for new ways to promote my books besides my website and social sites which are getting saturated with free books. I'm getting sales when my books are promoted in a Reader Magazine and I get a lot of visitors on my website, but my book sales are only the fraction of what it was when my first book was published.
Then I joined author groups thinking that genre specific groups are followed by readers who can find my books too.
Will readers find me in large groups?
Yes, readers who like the genre follow the blogs and websites. But, because of my last name, I always end up as the last author on the alphabetical list trailing behind hundreds of author names.
Moreover, the sites are more focused on making money from advertisements, so either the authors pay to be featured on the home page for a day or stay hidden on pages that are not even listed on the website menu.
Then I had an idea
Bigger is not always better. In small groups everyone is visible and easy to find.
I created a blog with a small group of various genre authors where every author is visible.
We take turns to write interesting posts every day and we support each other by sharing the posts on social sites. Each author is visible on the sidebar and our pages are easily found on the blog menu.
I want to keep the group small and grow to only about 15-20 members.
However, we invite guest authors with a catch. They have to write a story inspired by the posted pictures in order to be featured on our blog:
Visit our gang
A friend sent me a text this morning as I was about to go downstairs
My heart skipped a beat and I texted her back
I hurried out of my room and, of course, when I turned, I dropped my phone on the top step.
"Damn it!" I yelled watching the skidding and bouncing on the steps. It landed on the hardwood floor of the living room with a loud crash.
Of course! I thought as I harried down the steps. It had to happen at the worst time possible. Now I have to call the ER on the landline and then it will take who knows how long to replace the broken phone.
Then I heard a ping sound.
I picked up my phone that didn't appear to be broken and saw that I got a text message.
I stared at the words on the screen feeling utterly confused. Then a crazy though ran through my mind with lightning speed, my phone is texting me that it's okay!
Then I came to my senses, Don't be stupid! I scolded my imaginative mind for coming up with such a stupid idea, it's Eva... it must to be Eva...
I took a closer look at the screen and there it was. Phew... it was Eva. I though feeling relived and burst out laughing.
Thank you Droid for building such durable phone!
Have you any stories when you thought you lost your marbles?
Share it, so I won't feel alone LOL
Erika M Szabo
Author of epic fantasy/magical realism novels and children's books, Publishing Coach at
Golden Box Books Publishing
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