I’ve gotten a few questions about what I’m doing and where I’m posting, and in answering one of them tonight I accidentally blogged.
To start with, here’s a basic summary of where/how I post my stuff. If this is useful or interesting to anybody else thinking of going this route, let me know!
On formatting, and good places to post:
Wonderful information, fantastically clear and useful. There is so much data for how to self pub it’s terribly intimidating. Whether you’re meaning to self publish your first work or your fiftieth.
I hope everyone who reads it gives it a signal boost and also makes sure they buy and/or review* one of your books.
*I don’t think most people realize how important reviews are. They can literally change someone’s career.
Thank you!! You’re right about reviews. When something gets a decent review, either in the place where someone bought the book, or somewhere like goodreads, or even just a blog post—hey I read a thing and I really liked it—I see a sales uptick. And at this point in my career, even selling just one extra book makes a difference to me.
Bolded for truth. In fanfic, reviews and kudos are wonderful cookies. They can bump a fic up to the top of a sort-by-kudos list or give the author the pleasure of engaging readers.
But right now, The Longest Night has only 22 reviews at amazon.com, which—I believe—affects where it falls in amazon’s recommendation algorithms, 31 reviews at goodreads, and only 3 at Barnes and Noble. I love getting private notes from readers who enjoyed it, but stars and reviews at online retailers and review sites are what’ll help pay the mortgage.