Believe me--we've all been there. And, quite honestly, none of us really ever get completely out of that place. Without the war machine of a traditional publishing house behind you, it can all seem a hot mess. But, the good news is that the Indie revolution is taking place, and you can be a part of it!
To help you get your bearings, here are some resources:
Derek has written over 50 blog posts on everything from writing a book to formatting the book to how to price your books. These posts will be converted into a book soon, but in the meantime, browse his blog for great information!
ADVERTISING OPPORTUNITIES ARE CURRENTLY SUSPENDED PENDING ANALYSIS OF RESULTS SO FAR. WILL RETURN SOON!
Advertising your book is critical. But, finding where to do that, and finding places that are reasonably priced is very hard. To help out, Rogue Books is offering very cheap ad space. For a limited time, placement on the "More Indies!" page will be just $10 per month.
For that ten bucks, you'll get placement on our website, along with two (2) shoutouts to your book on our Facebook page (currently has 600 likes).
Is your book going to be free on Amazon soon? For just $5, we'll post your book on our website and promote it on Facebook.
If you want to take advantage of either of these, email your name, genre, and a .jpg of your cover to firstname.lastname@example.org. Then, send a payment of $10.85 (or $5.55 if you are doing the free giveaway) via Paypal to the same email. These prices include Paypal fees.
Good ad space doesn't get cheaper than this!
A big part of your book's exposure is "likes" and "tags" on Amazon. (Derek wrote a blog post on likes and tags here: "Amazon for Dummies"). In 2011, Derek started the #AmazonLikes hashtag on Twitter to help Indie authors get more likes and tags. To participate, simply tweet your book's title with your Amazon webpage link and the #AmazonLikes hashtag. We'll do the rest!
Rogue Books just finished its first promotional event, and the results were stunning. 7 out of 8 books that participated reached the top 100 free books on Amazon. 5 out of 8 reached the top 50, and 3 out of 8 reached the top 15. You want to be a part of the next promo? Send an email to email@example.com to be considered!