The life of a poor, unagented author is rather exhausting. Besides working my three other jobs, I can now add author to the mix and marketing the book takes up a decent amount of time and it would probably take up a lot more if I actually HAD the time to give to doing it.
I was fortunate that I had the opportunity to work with New York Times Bestselling Author Susan Mallery this year on marketing and promoting her books so I was mentally prepared for the kind of stuff that I would need to do but the only difference here is that everyone knew her and wanted to promote her; the places and websites that I am hitting have no idea who I am and a lot of them don't want to deal with self-published authors. Kind of discriminatory but whatever.
I have posted the book on close to a dozen different sites and now it's a matter of getting those sites to have members read it and review it. I believe it is KEY to get reviews and ratings up to generate interest.
I sold 24 books my first week and I think that's pretty good. My goal was to sell 50 by this Friday because that's my birthday but I'm not so sure that's going to happen. I'm keeping logs of my sales and where it's selling the best (Kindle) and I've had a lot of positive feedback from people who have read it. That's a good thing, too. I think I am most interested in getting feedback from people that I don't know. I'm scared of it, don't get me wrong, but I think I can learn a lot from those people on where I need to work on my work.
I need another 4 hours in the day; I need work for my husband so that I don't have to work 6 days a week. I need a personal assistant to do all of this promotional stuff for me and just present me with great results at the end of each week.
That's not too much to ask, is it?