Sales suck and I have no one to blame but myself. Normally, when I blog on here, I do my best to give anyone who reads my blog some tips. Tips on how to manage your time, tips on writing rules, tips on what to expect with publishing...but has anyone noticed I've never given tips on promoting work?
Yeah, that's because I obviously suck at it. I'm in a dilemma and I'd really like some help from anyone willing. I'd like to think I write decent books. I'd also like to think I'm putting books out at a fairly often pace. What I'm not good at is bringing in the sales. I watch books I edit sky rocket. I watch friends I've met rack in the sales, but not me. Why? What am I doing wrong?
I know part of it is because I'm not out there enough. I took a poll last month, asking people to tell me the first thing that came to mind when they thought of me. 80% of my responses were along the lines of "editor." 20% was animal rescue. Only 10% thought of me as an author. So obviously no one equates me as D. F. Krieger, author. Instead, I'm Her Editing Evilness...also known as Editor Deadra Krieger.
That's good. It means I'm good at my job as an editor. But it's also bad because no one sits there thinking, "I can't wait til she comes out with her next book!"
I've tried running blog contests, give aways, and begging for reviews. I'm published through three different houses, and span a few different genres, so it's not like I've boxed myself in. I've done some guest appearances on other people's blogs, but I didn't see anything more come of it than crickets and some uncomfortable fidgeting on my part as I trolled for comments from anyone who might have read the guest post. In a word, YIKES! I'm invisible as an author.
So, dear reader, for once I'd like you guys to shred me apart. What am I lacking? What am I doing wrong? Tell me how to promo my work in a way that will get people to look at me and think "Author" and not just "Editor." I'll give a free cyber cookie to anyone who leaves me a comment! ~ D. F. Krieger