AH! So you just published your first book! Have you been overwhelmed with blog posts, websites, and online classes offering advice on how to funnel social media platforms to your blog, and more importantly, get your published works noticed? Sluggish sales? Looking for more ideas?
Well, I AM TOO! Join me as I explore ideas, thrash out concerns and observations, and look into new ways to push a burgeoning, and profitable, social traffic.
I am Virginia, the editor of historical author and grandfather, Patrick John “Stanley McShane” Rose. Like he, I’m short of time and money. Professing to be a “sailor, prospector, miner, and cowpoke,” he had a lifetime of experiences to write about, which the scalawag did in the late 20’s/early 1930’s.
McShane left me a trunk full of his manuscripts, short stories, poems, and paintings for publication, eloquent Victorian style, hand-written instructions for submission. Back then, they didn’t have self-publishing available. I published “Cocos Island Treasure” first followed shortly by “Sons of the Sea,” “Lucky Joe,” and “Hot Air Promotions.” A digital only novella, “Busters of Bitter River” followed, and in 2015, “Sole Survivor, A Fiction Adventure Anthology” (followed by a new cover and edit of interior in 2017). Talk about a learning curve! Even self-published means you will probably spend more time in marketing and promotion than creating the plot, researching, writing, editing, and publishing than writing the original novel.
The push for sales includes begging for reviews. And now with the advent of social media, comes Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Linked In, book trailers, and blogs–the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Grandpa–you owe me–Big Time!
If I’m not writing, I’m reading or reviewing for other authors! I am a member of NetGalley and Goodreads.
I love comments, ideas, sharing, and subscribers! And I want to hear your experiences as you struggle on this same path. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Better yet–subscribe to this blog and let’s share what we’ve learned!