I’ve long joked that I clean houses because I’m a writer. “The two are directly related!” I quip. And many of my clients are also some of the first people to get to read my books.
I just don’t want them to be the ONLY people reading my books.
And if Hugh Howey, the author of Wool can do it, then so can I. And quite honestly, I’m tired of waiting for the writing ship to sail in, give me those dollars I’ve been dreaming of, and whisk me away from cleaning toilets to days filled with book tours, interviews, and wordsmithing.
So my brain turned ON yesterday and hasn’t stopped for a moment since. Seriously, I had to force myself to go back to sleep at 1 a.m., 3 a.m., and then every half hour after that until I finally left my warm bed at 5:20 this morning. And with the exception of fixing meals and running to a cleaning this morning, I’ve been focused on marketing ever since.
Free Kindle Book Giveaway
I was pleased to wake up and see my rankings in the free Kindle store had risen to #439. A huge jump from 24 hours prior when I was at 50,000 or so in the ranks. I’ve dipped down #573 and I’m also at #8 in Post-Apocalyptic and #9 in Dystopian in the Kindle store.
I would have liked to get into the top 100 in the free Kindle store – but it seems that goal is evading me this time around.
I gave away 380 ebooks yesterday and currently, I’m seeing that 105 have been given away today. I am actually making a little bit of money as well since at least one person, possibly more, clicked instead on the Kindle Unlimited button instead of “purchasing” my ebook for free. Under that program, I get about 1/10 of a cent per page that is read (maybe 1/100), so it isn’t much, but since yesterday 97 pages have been read. So…hooray?!
Local Marketing Through FB and Interested Clients
I posted in our local neighborhood Facebook group. It was part of a post asking for local business owners to tell about their businesses. I had posted earlier that I cleaned houses, but damn, writing counts, right?!
I also dropped a book off with one of my local cleaning clients. She sounded interested in it and her husband reads dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction.
Facebook Book, Author and Promotion Pages
As I waded through the book promotion pages in Facebook, I began to notice that more pages were being suggested to me. So I joined a few more. I now have a list of nearly 300 promotional pages of Facebook to go to in order to promote my books. Not all of them allow sci-fi, some are for other genres, but my list of sites grew from just under 250 to nearly 300!
How much do these sites matter? I’m not sure. But I do know I’ve received at least five messages from folks who were very interested in the book and made sure to download it. I’m sure that there are scores more than that.
Quite a few of the Facebook promotion pages are also open to other things, such as enticing folks over to my author Facebook page, website/blog, or to sign-up for my monthly newsletter. So I’m going to try and use those tactics as well to build readership and followers through Facebook.
One of the suggestions I found on 17 Steps to Earn Your First $1,000 on Self-Publishing was to try and get on a podcast or radio show to be interviewed. And to that end I found:
- RadioGuestList.com – where interviewers list the people they would like to interview (basic version is free)
- InterviewGuestsDirectory.com – where you list yourself as available to interview (this one costs)
Wait! There’s Radio Too!
Back in 2008 I ended up on the radio, talking to Walt Bodine about home and office organization. That was pretty cool, let me tell you. He was a wonderful guy, and is dearly missed by many. My dad grew up listening to him.
It was also a huge turning point in my life – and just five months later, I had written and self-published my first book Get Organized, Stay Organized.
In any case, I did a little bit of internet sleuthing and pulled up the info for KCUR as well as the email for Gina Kaufmann, who I met all those years ago when she was Walt’s assistant and co-host. I also sent an email to a programmer on KKFI inquiring if they would be interested in interviewing me.
Will anything come of it? Maybe. All I know is that it doesn’t hurt to ask.
The Long and the Short of It
In the end, the one message I’m getting nice and clear is that writing the book is only HALF of the job. If I ever want to set down the toilet brush and be taken seriously and make money at this, I have GOT to get out there and put myself in uncomfortable positions marketing/pimping my books out.
And I really, REALLY want to stop cleaning toilets.
So book marketing it is. I will be a book marketing wunderkind.