NEED WAYS TO FUND YOUR BOOK’s LIFE?
A few helpful tips here.
If there is any single thing I have learned about indie authors over the past three years it is this: There ain’t no way to shut a complainer up beyond cutting out his or her tongue. A few of the longest running complaints:
“I can’t afford an editor. ”
“I don’t have the money to promote my book.”
“I can’t afford a cover artist.”
“Readers suck. They don’t write reviews.”
Mercy me. If you are adult enough and focused enough to write a book and publish it, you have enough sense to curb your spending habits and know how to budget. How dedicated you are to doing the best you can for your book will influence how serious you are or not about authorship.
If you really cannot spring for an editor, find a beta reader or two who is an avid reader in your genre. How? Pin a notice on your Facebook page asking for beta readers. Send out a Tweet: Need a beta reader. That is just to start. But know this: Somewhere along the bumpy road of indie authorship you are gonna have to put out some cold cash. Consider these few suggestions to save a few dollars week in and week out. I know they work because I’ve done it. Had to. There have been times in my past that I lived so close to the bone, I had to lean up against a broom handle to cast a shadow.
So what are some of the more costly items in your grocery cart? Laundry supplies. I luuuv those sweet smelling water softeners and dryer scents. I don’t buy them. The cheapest water softener is kitchen salt. A quarter cup in your washing machine before you add detergent is all you need. As for detergent, I stretch mine by stirring in a small box of plain old cooking baking soda. Saves $50 a month. No lie. Here is a fact: Those fabulous other water softeners coat terry cloth towels and make them less absorbent. When I’m flush, I buy Calgon. In a former life I was an industrial laundry manager. One pound of Tide cleaned 250 pounds of linen. Two cups of Clorox bleach added for 250 pounds of dirty sheets and towels kept them white and germ free. Two ounces of Calgon in the rinse cycle. Curb that urge to add an extra dash to a 12 pound load of dirty clothes! You don’t need it. $50 in hand is two Amazon gift cards for a pair of beta readers.
After a long day at my keyboard, I like a cup of fresh perked coffee and a sweet. One of my favs: A vanilla ice cream sandwich. Toast two slices of bread and spread a heaping scoop of ice cream between them. Cut in half same as you would a bologna sandwich. It’s not fancy, but it hits the cheap spot. Kids love ’em.
As far as marketing, every indie author needs a newsletter. You can use Mad Mimi or Mail Chimp for free until you have 2000 subscribers. I like Mad Mimi. Sign up on this page for my infrequent newsletter and you can see how I put it together.
Is your book on sales for 99c? If so, engage in an Amazon ebook Giveaway. Total Cost: $1.29. Or give away 3 for $3.87. How’s that for a cheap promotion? Check the bottom of your book page for the link.
Use your Facebook page to encourage subscribers. For some fabulous tips and inexpensive promotional opportunities visit Effrosyni Moschoudi right HERE. Frossie is an ehow Wizard and markets her books on a shoestring, snags reviews and networks like a dervish.
To gather organic reviews add this gentle plea right after THE END in your books. Don’t play around with it. It is soft, guilt-free and WORKS.
Thank you for taking the time to read [title]. If you enjoyed it, please consider telling your friends or posting a short review. Word of mouth is an author’s best friend and much appreciated. Thank you, again. [author name].
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Okay, I’m done. @Jackie Weger 2016. Comments always welcome. Share your experiences and inexpensive promos or how you snagged a beta reader. Every little bit of info helps. Yes, you may complain…but just so you know~I might shoot the comment with my snake gun.