My book launched exactly three weeks ago! So now, the conclusions:
1) First, the thing everyone wants to know about: the money question.
Well, I’m pleased to tell you that the book earned out after two weeks!
So now I can finance my next book(s) that is(are) already underway (vague post is vague).
2) What worked, and what would I do again?
Cover reveal and book blitz: I did a cover reveal a month before publication and a book blitz the day of release, and I think it really helped get the word out. I haven’t done the blog tour yet (wasn’t able to schedule on time—remember what I told you about doing everything in advance? Yeah, that) so I’ll report back after it’s finished in late September, to tell if it resulted in a sales boost.
Reaching out to other authors: I made some awesome author friends on this journey. They shared tips, experiences, and feedback! And those who were kind enough to help me spread the word about my book, I’m forever in your debt. <3 you guys!
Emailing blogs! Sure, not everyone responded, but it takes two minutes to do and again, it’s free. And that way I can make sure the blogs I like the most (and that are the best match) have the opportunity to review my book.
Conclusion: there’s nothing like getting out there yourself and actually talking to people. They seem to be more receptive when you take the time to get in touch personally, and it’s not that surprising. Just be polite and no diva antics, you know what I mean.
3) What didn’t work, and what I won’t bother with next time:
Read-to-review giveaways: impossible to schedule in time for release unless you take a year to get your book pub-ready, and even then… a total waste of time. Fortunately, it was also free. But next time, it’s only NetGalley and blogs. Where I’ll look over the blogs myself and preapprove.
Same goes for the review signup. I did meet a few very cool people that way (you know who you are! *waves*) and I was lucky. But the vast majority of people who signed up never got back to me ever, so…
Conclusion: NetGalley might be hyper-expensive, but it’s worth the investment.
Overall conclusion: Yes, I know. I’m that insane person who wrote a feminist New Adult that’s more issue book than romance, and about a controversial subject to boot. But I’m pleasantly surprised. I thought I’d get more crap for it than I did.
But what I learned above all is that, sadly, what works best in indie ublishing is romance, and the more erotic the better. It saddens me that New Adult has so far failed to branch out—that’s a whole other post (maybe next time?), but I don’t abandon hope. They say write the kind of books you wish existed, the kind of books you want to read. And I’ll keep doing exactly that. I met some wonderful like-minded people who keep writing books that should be written, voices that need to be heard. And that, I think, was the best part of the indie experience for me.
Would I do it again?