So… That Was A Flop

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I’m a little done with attempting new ideas with regards to getting book bloggers and indie authors together for now as there seems to be little to no interest. I will post anything interesting that I find in my own search on the off chance that it helps someone else out, but for now, there will not be a listing of participating bloggers. Sorry if I got anyone’s hopes up in that regard.

Author: TJ Fox

I am a slightly sane artist, amateur photographer, book addict, wife, mom and raging introvert. I have more hobbies than I can count, so it is beyond shocking that I manage to find time to do any of them, let alone most of them and still have time to do anything else. Of all the talents I claim, writing wasn’t one of them until my muse dropped the idea for a book on my head.

6 thoughts on “So… That Was A Flop”

  1. I’ve also learned that you cannot promote and get attention to your book if you do not have a lot of connections and people willing to help promote you. As a massive introvert, this is like facing a mountain with a roll of dental floss and a toothpick to help me climb and I’m standing at the bottom wearing a dress and heals.

    I share your metaphor down to the punctuation point: I am solitary person in real life and have no ties to the new internet.

    Yet, you come here and post and share openly. I think it’s inspiring.

    My advice for any newbie is to work on that network. Other authors, book reviewers and bloggers and pretty much any person you know that is willing to give you any boost. Do this on as many platforms as you can stand; blogs, Goodreads, Twitter, Instagram, etc. And just don’t give up. That right there is the absolute hardest part of this.

    Thank you very much for the encouraging advice: Though repeated everywhere, it certainly has some truth if it’s repeated here as well.

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    1. I honestly think I’ve put in more work attempting to network and market than I put into writing my book (admittedly, mine kind of did it’s own thing and I was just along for the ride).

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  2. I wonder the same thing: I am new to the social media and website aspect of authorship. So I take advice where I can find it.
    At every platform I tried, I was directed to another platform to look for fellow authors and indie self-published ones.
    Yet at everyone, there is no sense of community, no established structure or strong presence.
    At the same time, I keep wondering: Authorship is a solitary endeavor. What comes out of it requires an audience, consumers.
    So maybe what authors are looking for online is readership rather than community. Maybe they are more on the writing spectrum than the reading one, maybe they don’t want to spend time on each other’s writing when their personal one is already taking space.
    Getting together as people within the same craft would imply support, but it’s not like indie authors got support in the first place. It’s hard work, and the best they could provide is advice, which is plenty and available already online.
    I don’t know what getting authors together would do at this point. I am still discovering things one day at a time

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    1. My goal with my initial idea was to attempt to get a listing of book bloggers willing to read indie authors (as I am both) and provide that as a resource. I have found a few resources, but they are very few and far between, that help authors connect with readers. There are some, just not many. I’m starting to put links in my sidebar to what I find if you are interested.

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      1. Thank you for your effort.
        Don’t you think though the ratio between authors and readers is disproportionate? Especially for Indie and self-published ones?
        Again, I’m sharing new comer impressions and curious whether they are accurate or not

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      2. What I’ve observed is that most readers just aren’t open to indie. They only read trad published books. Once you do find ones that are open, you then also have to filter that to ones that are open to reading in your book’s genre. Some indies are in a genre with a huge reading audience and have better luck finding readers. I’ve struggled because mine is in a much smaller genre and sort of falls between the genre cracks.

        You also do better when you have multiple books. Every single site giving marketing advice to writers is “write more books”. If that is your goal, then this is kind of a no brainer, but not everyone intends to write more than the one (though that is apparently the extreme minority).

        I’ve also learned that you cannot promote and get attention to your book if you do not have a lot of connections and people willing to help promote you. As a massive introvert, this is like facing a mountain with a roll of dental floss and a toothpick to help me climb and I’m standing at the bottom wearing a dress and heals.

        My advice for any newbie is to work on that network. Other authors, book reviewers and bloggers and pretty much any person you know that is willing to give you any boost. Do this on as many platforms as you can stand; blogs, Goodreads, Twitter, Instagram, etc. And just don’t give up. That right there is the absolute hardest part of this.

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