For some years now I have been investigating ways in which Independent Authors (namely me) can market their works and gain a following, and earn an income.
If no one knows you wrote a book, then no one will buy it. People know of you if you’ve sold a lot of books. But you can’t sell books if they don’t know who you are. And so on and so forth around in a circle.
So one has to find ways to gain notice, get one’s book in front of eyeballs. One way to do this is to make one’s ebook free for a period. I tried this months ago and gave away 600 copies. Which resulted in zero sales and zero book reviews (book reviews are another way to get noticed).
I know that some Indie Authors have become successful. But I don’t know if it is because of the quality of their writing or because of the quality of their marketing strategy.
But I wonder if all those free ebooks are encouraging readers to experiment with writers they’ve never heard of, or if this is just a way to pack their e-readers with thousands of books they’ll never read in order to make them feel smart.
Your comments are welcome.