Today’s post is part of Indie Life, a blog hop for independent authors hosted by the Indelibles. Click here to see a list of participating blogs.
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Very soon, I’ll have my first indie book published, but I don’t want to become one of those people. You know who I’m talking about. The people who go on the Internet, log into Facebook or Twitter, and start screaming at the top of their virtual lungs, “BUY MY BOOK! BUY MY BOOK! PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD BUY MY BOOK!!!”
First of all, those people are annoying. Second, the “BUY MY BOOK!” marketing strategy doesn’t seem to work. I’ve gotten plenty of advice on how to market an indie book, and it sounds like the only truly effective method is to trust word of mouth. If you’ve written something that is really good, people will tell their friends, who then tell their friends, and so forth until suddenly you start making lots of money.
It sounds to me kind of like the chain reaction that takes place inside nuclear bombs. One neutron collides with a single uranium atom, which causes the uranium atom to release more neutrons, which then collide with more uranium atoms, until you get a massive explosion complete with a mushroom cloud.
So my question to all you indie authors participating in Indie Life today is this: how do you get that first neutron to hit that first uranium atom?