My recent foray into self publishing has been quite an eye opener. I don’t know enough yet to share any real words of wisdom, but I will tell you this. writing the book was only half the struggle. (Granted, self publishing “The Red Speck” hasn’t brought me to tears the way writing it did, still, I haven’t received my first bad review, so tears may still be on the table.)
Honestly though, bad reviews would be better than having no one read it at all. …to have your work ignored, I think, would be worse. Christos Polydorou illustrates this point beautifully in, “My Kingdom For An Audience”.
Self publishing, maybe all publishing, I don’t know, can be summed up by this equation: Art x Marketing = Sales / Views + Reviews. (Math people, did I get it right?) The problem is this, I don’t want to be a marketer, I want to be a writer.
C’est la guerre, I guess. What can I do but try to improve my marketing skills? This is the world we’re living in, and to quote my grandfather, “…you just have to pull up your bootstraps and soldier on.” Which is exactly what I’m doing. Soldiering on, and trying to avoid landmines on the way.
So, as part of the Amazon recommended marketing plan, beginning today and running through Sunday, “The Red Speck” is downloadable for free on Amazon. I am actually quite excited to see what happens, and will be spending my day off here by the computer watching, Tweeting, posting on Facebook, and wherever else the geniuses of internet marketing recommend.
If you do decide to spend some of your valuable leisure time in a world that I’ve written, please know that I am beyond thankful and I genuinely hope you enjoy the trip, because it is definitely, a trip.