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Jagunco
November 14th, 2017, 09:03 AM
Hi

I just self published on amazon and I'm not trying to promote the story. Of course all my friends have said they're interested. I've joined several groups on facebook and I'll probably be making a twitter account to do the same on there.

Is there anything else I could be doing? Bare in mind I have ZERO budget. I'm not concerned with being the next J K Rowling I would just like a fair few people to read my stuff.

Cheers

Jack of all trades
November 14th, 2017, 03:19 PM
One possibility is to put a link to it in your signature here, then post a few critiques or join some conversations. Don't know how much that would increase, but all it costs is a little time.

moderan
November 14th, 2017, 05:19 PM
Hi

I just self published on amazon and I'm not trying to promote the story. Of course all my friends have said they're interested. I've joined several groups on facebook and I'll probably be making a twitter account to do the same on there.

Is there anything else I could be doing? Bare in mind I have ZERO budget. I'm not concerned with being the next J K Rowling I would just like a fair few people to read my stuff.

Cheers
The general rule of thumb is to have an audience before you self-publish. The way to do that is to submit to periodicals/anthologies and gather readers that way, and also get money with which to finance your efforts. Having already defied Descartes, you've made the road harder to negotiate.
Buy a Facebook ad. They cost around ten-twenty US and do a decent job, in my experience. Network with people in your genre. Distribute some free copies for reviews/publicity. The general run of self-pubbed books sell less than 100 copies.
This is an example of why. Be prepared.
Good luck.

Jagunco
November 18th, 2017, 11:33 AM
I could have sworn I replied to all this but apparently I haven't.

Thanks for the advice I will alter my signature and forgive my ignorance but I wouldn't know where to start looking for periodicals to write

moderan
November 18th, 2017, 02:48 PM
Determine what genre your work falls into and then google. There are publishers for almost any sort of written work.

creative_mind
December 4th, 2017, 03:50 PM
What happened do you have any progress?

Ralph Rotten
December 5th, 2017, 10:57 PM
If you have zero budget (but time) then the most basic way to market the work is by shamelessly self promoting your work all over the internet. Depending on the topic, find forums and discussion groups to talk up your book, create a following on twitter and facebook, create a web page for your writing that links to Amazon, and publish on B&N & GooglePlay (assuming you are not signed up for Kindle Unlimited).

Give you an example: one of my books was about stoner redneck preppers who save the world. So I promoted the book in dozens of survivalist, prepper, and stoner forums and sites.

However, you wanna have most of these resources set up before you actually publish the book/story, otherwise you lose a lot of momentum. See Amazon's code is designed to notice fast rising books and bring them to the top of several lists. So the more books you can sell right away, and the more reviews you can garner right away, the higher you float in the ocean of new crap being published. If you sell 10 books on day 1, it helps you more than if you sell 10 books a month later.

Also, with amazon there is a lot to be said about linking. While I don't advocate reviewing your own work (only losers post reviews on their own work) there is nothing that says you can't buy a copy of your own. If you have already purchased and reviewed other books then your story is now linked by "people who bought this story also purchased..."

There is advertising on Amazon as well, but I found the ratio of sales to cost was underwhelming.

When you write a book, be sure to get on the library lists. For your story try to find groups or interviewers who cover similar content or to whom the story might be newsworthy. Hell, you can even send press releases to your local paper.

Yes, the secret of cheap marketing is shameless self promotion. It's a lot of work tho.

Ralph Rotten
December 5th, 2017, 11:01 PM
All of that I listed is why I typically schedule several days off when I release a book. you don't just publish and sit back; you publish and get busy. Books don't sell themselves, and a short story on Amazon is like a drop in the ocean unless you sell the hell outta it.

Jagunco
December 5th, 2017, 11:07 PM
Understood and thanks for the candid write up. I will start putting myself about more.

You'll note by the way that I have a link to the amazon page below :)

Jagunco
December 5th, 2017, 11:11 PM
Thank you for asking mate sorry its taken a couple days to get back to you. I've used the 5 days free promotion which generated some interest. Alas not many people have bought versions they've had to actually pay for but 30 or so copies are out there.

I need to spend more time on it really.

Ralph Rotten
December 5th, 2017, 11:20 PM
Odd, I tried to buy a copy (since it's listed as being free) and got this message:

Ralph Rotten, the Kindle Store on Amazon.co.uk is for UK customers only. To shop for titles available for your country, please visit Amazon.com

Dunno why I got this. I sell books in UK, AU...

moderan
December 6th, 2017, 12:12 AM
go into the url and change co.uk to .com and you'll be able to buy (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077CNWV35). 2.99 US. I have one :)

Ralph Rotten
December 6th, 2017, 02:53 AM
Oh, look, someone reviewed your book. What a coincidence! :)

Liked the story, loved the way your narrator spoke with a whole Conan the Barbarian kind of voice. It had an authentic feel to it. But you really need to get it edited to clean up a lot of the simple mistakes. You should read it aloud and you will pick up the grammatical errors.

For formatting, I'd make a new cover. canstockphoto.com is a great place to buy really solid artwork for only about $7 a pic. Change the font too (you can buy custom fonts as well.) Interior formatting: If you are using MSWORD, under paragraph formatting there is a checkbox for "Don't add space between paragraphs of the same style". You wanna check that box so your text fits together without gaps.

Last critique: dump the epilogue. You don't need it, you told the story just fine without it. I really did like the story and the old-timey way that your narrator talked. I could imagine her running around in deerskins and dirt. It was easy to imagine the world she lived in.

Ralph Rotten
December 6th, 2017, 03:38 AM
Oh, one more thing: Last page of the story is where you add a link for people to review your book.