The simplest part of becoming an author is writing the book because there is a sense of accomplishment when you see the characters you created come to life on the page.
The most difficult and time-consuming aspect of becoming an author is promoting your work.
To thrive in this business, you must have a lot of patience and understanding, as well as a lot of money to employ someone to conduct your promotion and marketing for you.
But what if you don’t have much money, or none at all?
The solution is straightforward.
DIY stands for “Do It Yourself.”
For a new and unknown writer like myself, it involves learning to use the internet, making a website, and starting a blog to create a fan base.
Then you have to spend hours hanging out with readers on their websites and blogging like you’ve never written before, in the hopes that they will notice you and eventually check out your books.
However, before you can blog, you must first create your own website.
The challenge continues for someone like me, who is not a computer wiz.
I’m not bad, but I’m also not great. Let’s assume I solely use the internet to check the news, the weather, and maybe some Hollywood gossip. Hey, I’m only human!
To novice authors, don’t make the same mistakes I made by focusing on one published book and spending too much time attempting to find book reviewers, where to submit the press release, and how to obtain a literary agent and/or publisher.
Believe me, it was a really stressful period in my life. You need to keep creating books, plenty of them, and attempt to learn along the way so that the next time you release a new book, you don’t go insane like I did. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a little here, but you get what I mean!
As I previously stated, the easiest part of being a writer is writing the story. And where do you start when self-publishing? Fortunately for us, in this new age of publishing, there are a lot of amazing websites out there that can help us obtain some great ideas on how to advertise our book.
Check out these websites for a list of book reviewers for children’s books.
And here are the websites where we can send PRESS RELEASES FOR FREE
If you have a list of your own and it’s not listed here, please let me know so I can add it on to the list. Thanks and happy writing!