It's exciting when I get feedback from beta readers that all say they loved my story (thanks Shari and Charisse!). Of course once it's published, there is always the risk that not all readers will agree.
Ever since I decided to go indie, I've done research and have poured over blogs, websites, and forums on how how to price your eBooks, how to market your book, and how to drive sales. Ugh, if it's one job I hate, it's sales. I was never any good at it. It's always been my belief that if a product is good, it will sell itself. Is that naïve of me? The abundance of information on this topic has my mind spinning in circles, almost to the point where I feel like Alice in Wonderland with Money by Pink Floyd as the main title track.
As I scramble towards the finish line (i.e. release date), I have to take a second and ponder what I hope to gain from this. Is is about money? I'd be lying if I said it wasn't about the money. Granted, I don't expect to make a living off being an writer, but being able to help pay off my student loans every month doesn't hurt! I'd also be less than truthful if I said I didn't have daydreams about being a full-time writer and being self-employed. That's the dream, isn't it? But I know that the odds are pretty stacked against me. So why am I doing this?
Because I like telling stories and in the end, it's about telling a good story. Something I can be proud of. If people like it, well perhaps they'll spread the word.
That's what I want.
**I wrote this post awhile back and banked it for a rainy day. Then a couple days ago, Kristine Kathryn Rusch wrote a post on promotion and let me tell you, it was like a load being lifted off my shoulders! She pretty much confirmed how I feel on the subject.