Today is Indie Life
, a feature devised by the lovely Indelible authors. It takes place the second Wednesday of each month, where they invite fellow authors to chat about the indie writing life.
In prepping for the February launch of my new adult romance novella, Model Position
, I've been thinking about effective ways to get the word out to readers.
Methods of the day change so fast it's dizzying. Reminds me of how Apple and other digital companies are always launching upgrades. But one must keep up; it's an industry essential, indie or not. I think a blog tour
is still advisable, or at least a cover reveal and book blitz
. Reviews matter
, and it's smart to get arcs out to people who are eager to read and review. I've done Netgalley
with good results. Another reader site is Wattpad
. I have yet to do a Facebook event,
which I will do for Model Position
. I have yet to put together a street team
--intimidating without a zillion hours a day to devote to it. I'm thinking of hiring an intern
... maybe in the new year? Those who have done street teams, how has it gone?
I know two authors who hired publicists
. I'd have to barter the cost because it's expensive! Though one colleague got TV interviews and the other landed an interview in the Atlantic. Not too shabby! I'll be exploring Yahoo chats
and similar venues for my new novella, trying to reach the readers of my genre. What have you all found most effective to get the word out?
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Jewels of Chandra series
Another creative indie move is to join up with a group of like-minded authors
to cross promote. That's how the Indelibles formed. I joined Untethered Realms
, an author group who writes speculative fiction. On that note, I'd like to mention the launch of Untethered Realmer, River Fairchild's new novel, Diamonds and Dust!
Magic is real. So is
Two heirs. A Kingdom of
dust on a troubled world. One might resurrect it. One might destroy it all. Archaeologist David
Alexander investigates the cave where his father disappeared and hurtles into
another world, one filled with magic and bizarre creatures. The mad ravings in
his father's journals of icemen and dragons may not be fantasies after all.
Convinced his father may
still be alive, David begins a treacherous journey to find him and discover a
way home. Along the way, he encounters a few unlikely friends. A Dreean
warrior, a beautiful thief and a satyr join him as he searches. David's arrival into
this new world sets off an explosive chain reaction of events. Faced with
powerful adversaries and few clues, he may not get the chance to rescue his
father before disaster strikes, condemning both of them to death. Or worse.
River Fairchild brandishes a dry
sense of humor, and is owned by several cats. Lives in a fantasy world. A fabricator
of magic. Makes stuff up and spins tales about it. Believes in Faerie crossings
and never stays in one place for very long. Speculative Fiction wordsmith.
The secret to her stories? Spread lies, blend in truths, add a pinch of snark
and a dash of tears. Escape into her world. She left the porch light on so you
can find your way down the rabbit hole.
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