How do you get noticed? I could wear a huge floppy hat and walk around the mall, that would get me noticed. But that’s not the kind of attention I’m seeking as an author. I need the attention of readers so they will buy my books.
How do you get noticed? The big question I always ask myself as an author. Well, first must come a well written book with captivating characters and a solid plot. The story must have no loose ends and must be somewhat believable, unless it’s science fiction or fantasy.
Fine, but how do you know when you’ve accomplished all of these things and more?
Let’s assume all obstacles have been surmounted. How do you get noticed? Tweeting may help somewhat, but only if you’ve been able to establish your name a little. If you’re an absolute unknown how do you get your work noticed?
How many of you are new authors struggling with this same question?
Well, I set out to ask a few Indie authors how they did it.
“hmm… that’s a hard one. I don’t know if I noticed when I got noticed. I think it was a lot of work asking bloggers to review my book, over and over again, just asking and asking until a few agreed to review. Then I was on their radar and asked them to join my Readers’ club.” Rachelle Ayala
“For me, it all started with Goodreads.I found my first readers/reviewers there; they helped me figure out what to do next – create a blog and author pages on social media, where I could share teasers from my books.” Diana Nixon
“The only thing that really works – always – is: write a good book, write another one, possibly better, and go on. Be creatives. If you see that a book doesn’t sell much, change the cover, write another synopsis think to another title… ” Giulia Beyman
“I’ve been doing this for several years now, and at different times through out this journey, I would have to give very different answers to that question. I think the long-term answer is the same as it’s always been – keep writing, keep publishing. The only other thing I’ve seen the most consistent success with is investing in a top notch cover by a professional artist who is not just familiar with cover work, but also experienced in my particular genre.” K.S. Thomas
“A few things that really helped me start getting some buzz was posting free to read chapters on Wattpad, offering the first book in a series for free, and participating in multi-author box sets.” DelSheree Gladden
“I got noticed by selling books to traditional publishers and having my books in book shops. Once I self published, I built on that.” Helen Scott Taylor
Different things work for different authors. Now I need to sit down and think about how I can use some of these ideas to help me get noticed. In the mean time I think I also want to try to see if any of my local book stores will allow me to place a few copies of my books on their shelves.
This past year I joined my first box set, Christmas Pets & Kisses, in the hopes of getting noticed a little. Since I’ve joined three more, but again, only time will tell if will make a difference.
The next thing I’ve done is post the first chapter of An Impossible Rescue on Wattpad. So far only two people have come around to read. Will more come? Time will tell. Tweeting more might help and posting on Facebook might help.
Next, I’ve started working on a new synopsis for White Swans A Regency World. I’m also thinking about a new cover, not quite sure yet, but Kendíka must be on the cover. I will also need to find the time to write book two of White Swans.
As an author, what are you doing to get noticed? If you want to share any ideas feel free to leave a comment.