Ah book marketing. Still the bane of my writing existence. It’s time to see what I learned after publishing my first novel. What would I do again, what would I do differently, and what am I still uncertain of?
Self-publishing is a long game. It’s only been a couple of months since I released my first novel. But it’s also an ever-evolving process, one I’m learning as I go along. I call it The Process. I borrowed the name from the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers. They went through several painful years of losing in order to build up a contender. Although their season ended unceremoniously with a drubbing at the hands of the Boston Celtics, their future is bright. The Process worked.
I’m not there yet. Marketing my first novel has been painful at times, and full of errors. Yet I’m learning some lessons already. And I’m going to borrow again from the 76ers to write about it. [Yes it’s another one of my weird NBA/self-publishing mash-up posts – gotta blog about what you love, right? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ]
Here are a few things that I’d do again in a heartbeat for my next novel, some I’ll never do again, and a few in between.