On Being Indie
What sort of options are open to you as an indie author for getting your book out into the world?
We live in, essentially, the best and the worst possible time to begin a writing career.
Indie author's can come from a lot of different places.
It's been a devent run, but it looks like Kindle Scout is coming to a close. It's been hard to judge the overall success of the program that Amazon began in 2015, but it looks like it wasn't successful enough to keep investing in. I'm not tremendously surprised by this news, because Amazon has been shuttering quite a few companies and projects this year as they re-evaluate the business and push forward into different territory.
All of the sites listed here come from my personal experiences using them as well as things I've heard from other authors. In this case, everything is going to be devoted to sites that promote paid promotions (there is another post for free promotions here) but that doesn't necessarily mean how much the actual book needs to cost to be promoted.
I only just started using InstaFreebie in the last few weeks, but it has been incredibly useful for me in generating subscribers and selling books
You put in the months of hard work and wrote something great. Well done and congratulations, and now you want to show it off to the world.
I sort of stumbled onto the OnlineBookClub website about two years ago and didn't really know what it was all about. I decided to try out some of their services, starting with reviews, and have ended up working with them quite a bit to promote some of my books.
So, you are an indie author who has spent a lot of time writing your book and you released the kindle version on KDP. That's a great start, but you went the extra mile and also released a paperback version (using either KDP Print, CreateSpace, or IngramSpark, right?). Way to go, and you deserve a lot of applause because that isn't an easy thing to do. However, don't applaud yourself for too long, because you've only just begun.
These are two extremely powerful social media companies that have enormous audiences and can be used to help promote books, but they vary wildly in their results, user experience, and the quality of the services they offer.