I’m finding out just how tough marketing is. It’s a big world, and finding your particular audience is an art that I have yet to master. It is a bind. I have to do it, but I’m not sure exactly how to do it. But the good thing is, I’m willing to try new things and I love this whole idea of ‘virtual tours.’ They make so much sense and are fun! As far as marketing goes, I have three blogs. My first blog is ‘theagentchallenge.blogspot.com.’ I created this blog to journal my experience towards becoming published and also to help out other writers who are sharing in that same rather difficult journey. I started out with the simple plan of following the advice of agents themselves in order to bag me my own wonderful agent. (By the way, I still don’t have an agent.) Along my journey, I met many bloggers who had positive experiences publishing ebooks and so the idea of publishing an ebook became glaringly obvious, and I dived in.
Marketing the ebook has been fun. Of course, some days it’s depressing. There are mounds of ebooks out there. But I think I stumbled into something wonderful in the way of marketing. Just recently, I gave my ebook away for free on Amazon’s Select program. Choosing to give my book Saving Mary: The Possession away for five consecutive days, I suddenly found myself taking the #1 spot in the category of “supernatural.” Due to my ranking, on day four my book suddenly began downloading like crazy. I gave away 2200 ebooks that day alone and 4623 altogether. I had been thinking to only do a three-day ebook giveaway and then changed my mind. Thank goodness I did. By the end of day four I hit the #2 ranking in the ‘free memoir list.’ All this helps build a reader base. My little memoir is now selling steadily.
But if I were to do the Select program again, I would do things differently. First of all, I would coordinate at least five bloggers to do a review on each of the days that my ebook was free. After all, the highest I got on the “Top 100 Free ebooks” list was #71. The second thing I would do differently is I would remember that my ebook is also available in the UK! (Which I sort of forgot.) Had I remembered, I would have advertised over there across the pond. I would have contacted bloggers and reviewers…but alas. I forgot. I only placed in the #7 spot for free memoirs in the UK. (I was #2 and #5 in the U.S.)
But I’m still looking for an agent. Ebooks may be great for fiction and narrative non-fiction, but I’m not totally convinced it’s the right avenue for straight non-fiction (which is what my other book is). I guess, I’ll see.
My other blog ‘deidrehavrelock.wordpress.com’ is my home base and it’s here just so I can connect with readers. I have a third blog in the making; this one is attached to my conference website (which isn’t quite ready yet). I created this blog to explore the topic of “the femininity of the Holy Spirit.” Which is a topic I’m fond of. I once read (in an agent’s book or blog somewhere) that you should market a book at least three years before it comes out, so since one of my books that I’m working to edit is called The MotherHeart of God: Biblical Evidence for the Femininity of the Holy Spirit, I thought it would be a good idea to have a conference and start a blog. You can check out the conference on Facebook, if you like. By the way, Wm. Paul Young (author of The Shack) has agreed to host the conference. No one said marketing has to be boring!