Quickie #ROW80 catch-up / update today, and I’m going to do it like this from now on. I wanted to split my progress into the changing faces of an indie author. We wear many hats, but these are the ones I’m wearing most these days.
Shah the Writer
Apart from blog post and guest posts, nothing! I’ve not even had time to open the Finding Luna file yet. I will make next week the beginning of extreme, focussed writing on that WIP, however. Oh, yes-ser-e-Bob!
Shah the Marketing Wizz
I’ve done all sorts wearing this cap this past few weeks. I’ve handed out free copies of my book to selected reviewers, some have big genre specific blogs too, so looking forward to (slightly dreading) their reviews and their readers responses. I’m hoping to bring in more of my genre as blog visitors too, so have signed up to lots of forums which discuss urban fantasy/paranormal fiction and new adult fiction. I’ve laos signed up to a few places to send my book out to their readers for reviews. Amazon has to my knowledge removed three reviews, leaving only one! Of course it won’t tell me why and the people who told me their review didn’t show up won’t repeat their kind efforts to review my book on Amazon indefinitely. I’ve secured a book tour next month and emailed my subscribers to tell them I’m participating in two blog hop giveaways in Feb too. So LOTS of FREE copies of Finding Esta to get your hands on.
Shah the Publisher
I published Finding Esta to Smashwords yesterday. I have to defer payment though because I need to get myself a tax code enabling me to not pay US taxes on my earning. But I can’t do anything until there is 10 dollars in my Smashwords account, because they need that (why?) before they can send me a letter I have to send. *Groan* I’ve wasted too many hours looking into all that. This looks to be the best way of getting it sorted. I’ve also got in touch with my cover designer about Finding Luna cover and getting the print cover for Finding Esta. I have to write a new BLURB for the back cover too, as the other one was a bit long. I have to get this information to him in the next few days.
Shah the Blogger
I’ve helped someone build a blog. She’s a new writer and completely new to blogging. She now has to learn what the wonderful world of blogging is all about! I’ve secured some guest post from authors – one who I’m reading now actually (see the widget). More on that later. Like I said, I’m also looking forward to the blog-hops next month. I’m hoping to introduce myself to my genre crowd this way, as well introduce my book to new readers. I’ve built a page for BUY details and linked it to a spiffing button on my sidebar. I made a similar button for my subscription sign up link, too! Loving those.
I’m currently reading this and the author will be joining me here at some point soon!
Right, that’s it for now. Got to rush out and do some shopping. I’ll check in on everyone on my return. Stay ROWing!