Your platform that is. One of the hardest things for an independent writer to do is to build a good reader base. In a nutshell, it takes hard work, perseverance, determination and patience. I’ll be the first to admit that it can be overwhelming at times, but don’t be so quick to get discouraged. I can tell you from my personal experience that if you keep at it, your efforts will pay off in time. You can’t be afraid to put yourself out there because if you think developing a large reader base will happen on its own, you are sadly mistaken.
One thing that has been a big help to me is reaching out to well-respected book bloggers. If you are an independent writer, this is a definite must because a well-respected book blogger can get your book into the hands of many readers. I can’t tell you how many guest posts and blog interviews I’ve done in the past few weeks after I was able to convince several book bloggers to read my first novel series The Chronicles of Neffie. It’s a wonderful feeling to get an email from a book blogger inquiring if I will be willing to do a guest post or a blog interview after they read The Chronicles of Neffie. There is not enough words for me to describe the feeling that I get.
Seeing how book bloggers are very busy themselves, I understand that it may take a few weeks for them to blog about my book, but I know like most writers that the wait is going to be worth it! Well-respected book bloggers hold a lot of weight in the book industry and they are sought after by both published and self-published authors. The ebook sales for The Chronicles of Neffie has been great thus far and it’s going steady. I couldn’t be more happier because my ebook is what I wanted promote first. I have several guest posts that are also pending in the next coming weeks and I’m excited and honored to be able to take part in such a wonderful opportunity.
If you are an independent writer, I urge you to write that amazing story of yours! Don’t you stop at nothing when it comes to getting that book of yours into the hands of many readers. Look at it this way, when you query a well-respected book blogger, they can say one of two things, ‘Yes‘ or ‘No‘. If one says ‘No‘, you move on to the next one. Eventually someone will give you a chance and who knows, you may get more than one to agree to review your book. How do I know? Well, I’m speaking from experience. Believe in yourself and your writing and don’t let anyone stop you, discourage you or get in your way.
Until next time…