For the last ten months, I have been so busy and preoccupied with the promotion of my books that I hardly had time to think about writing and my 9th book which I have started by the early of 2015 has somehow stuck at the corner. Frankly speaking, I have not been able to proceed further than just a few pages I had wrote before and I don’t see any possibility of restarting it again for at least early of next year.
Furthermore, my 7th book called OLD MEN DON’T CRY, which is about Hong Kong, Chinese traditions and a tearjerker, and my undisclosed 8th book about the celebration of women in a patriarchal society, are both ready for publication now. The final date of release is still yet to be decided, I am also very busy working on them as well, and the actual writing of book has to probably wait for at least early of next year.
As I searched through the internet for the ways of promoting my books, I found the virtual world fully littered with offers that promised not only instant successes but also come with readymade guarantees, and needless to say, they were initially really enticing. As a newcomer, I didn’t know which ones were good and which were not, the market was really crowded and everyone was proclaiming themselves as market experts. Therefore, I started using those smaller packages initially that cost less or were free and on the recommendation of my trusted allies I gradually moved towards the popular and more costly ones. It started from $1, $5, $10, $30, $50, $75, $100, $150 and $175 each, almost all them didn’t even generate one book sell for me, and all ended up as the lost arrow thrown into the abyss. Most of those service providers are ubiquitous and well known to our industry, I don’t want to name the names, and I am pretty sure that we all know them by heart now.
As far as I am concerned, only BookGorilla did generate some sells for me and the others were a total waste of time and money. I heard a lot about BookBub as a sure bet, I have tried a few times with them but they haven’t accepted my books hitherto, so, I cannot say if this will work or not. Just like you all, I also have to wait and see.
The other particular package that I bought for one of my books was the trade show, you pay as per the book, they will combine the books altogether from all the participating authors and display it on the show on your behalf. It costs $150-$175 for one book, you have to send a physical book to the representative, and they were supposed to provide you a full report after the completion of the show. In my case, I got an email from the representative with 4 inquiries; I wrote to them individually as follow ups and never heard from them again. Yet, what pissed me off was when I asked for a photo of my book actually being displayed on the show, the representative couldn’t even provide it, and it made me wonder if those inquiries were genuinely for books. I personally do think that it is a very good method of getting a real recognition to a big market, but the biggest drawback of this method is for the authors not actually being there, and says it all. Since the representative is already paid beforehand, besides, it is not his/her works, and he/she won’t put her heart into it. From then on, I am totally against it.
The next package I bought was a so-called-bestseller package; it costs almost $800-$1000 dollars, and guarantees a bestseller position at Amazon. Due to my position as charity, I got some discount and I paid approx. $600 for the package. And to my utter surprise, my book suddenly reached at the bestseller position in Amazon, I think it was top 7. But there was a catch, those people were so smart and tech savvy that they would find one such rarest category for your book that just a few dozens of sell can catapult your book to the bestseller list overnight and you simply cannot say much about it. I personally don’t think they are wrong, after all they have delivered what they had promised at the end and there is not much I have to say about it. But come on! A bestseller title with just a few dozens of sell, my ethics simply won’t accept it, and I am too embarrassed to even bring that big word to my mouth since then. The next thing I did about it was to just keep my mouth shut and never talk about it again.
On the next blog, I will write about book fair, and keep visiting for more, thank you!
TIM I GURUNG/AUTHOR AT ISSLCARE – http://www.timigurung.com