Being an indie can be hard. Very hard. Take it from me; I’m one. Here are some of my experiences that I want to share:
Back when I wrote my first book, I was new to the game. Now that I have put a few years doing this, I can say that I know a bit more. In no way do I consider myself an authority, but I’m sure lots of you have experienced something similar, if not the same. I’m merely sharing this so that the newbies don’t have to go through my horrible experiences.
As all indies know, there is a very limited budget to spend. So, the best, and the most economical, way to do things are free. Fortunately, almost all the tools available are free (or inexpensive). If you are serious about getting your work seen by many, and by many I mean many strangers and not friends and family members, here are a few “musts.”
- Website: You have to have a website showcasing your work. There are many free website builders available in the market. They will help you get started for free.
- Facebook: Creating a Facebook Page for your book is an excellent way to spread the word, and it’s very easy to set up one. After setting up the page, you can invite your friends to like the page (and hope & pray that they invite their friends and so on)
- Twitter: Create a Twitter account to tell the world about your work and then use free services like www.hootsuite.com to tweet.
These three are the minimum “musts.” And the good news is that they all are free. You don’t have to spend a dime on creating these. There are other few you should think about having. However, they can be secondary, depending on the type of book you are writing. All of them are free.
- YouTube: This is an excellent resource to have to have a book trailer. You can use various online tools to make a free video.
- Pinterest: Even if your book doesn’t have any artwork, you should create an account here and upload your work.
Apart from these free resources, there are many free resources available that you could (and should) take advantage of.
This post is contributed as a Guest post by An Indian.
About the author:
The author was born and raised in Mumbai, India. He came to the US in 1989 to New York. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. He is a regular contributor to the BA Blog and wrote a post So You Think You Can Write a few days ago.
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