Self-promotion is hard… and I really don’t know where to begin.
I hate self-promotion. I must be an idiot to hate it but I do. I think it is like cheering yourself on. It just seems incredibly obnoxious to me. But I selfpublish, there isn’t a publisher going out to convince bookstores to sell my stories. I have to do it all myself. There is only one store for me: the amazon store.
As a way to have a quick promodevice I signed up all 3 of my stories for KDP Select. This is service by Amazon where you provide your stories exclusively to them. In return they make your stories available to Amazon prime members for “borrowing” and they allow you promodays. These are 5 days every 90 where no one has to pay for your story. Of course this means you don’t get anything in return either. Except for free copies going out into the world.
The big problem is that my stories don’t get reviews. I can’t go to every person who buys my stories and force to review but no one seems to do it. Reviews are essential: they are the driving force behind the sales. People rarely buy books that aren’t rated yet a book has to be sold to be rated.
I wish I could make this post useful to you, the reader, sadly this seems to turn into more of a sob story. Forgive me. I’ve been considering a system someone suggested me. I’m not sure if it is considered a good idea. A review can come from anyone. People who haven’t “officially” bought the story can post reviews. Now this means I could go out and review each of my stories myself. This would make me look like a huge douchebag. It could also mean I can ask friends to just randomly slap some 5 stars on there. This is not something I want to do, at all. I am however considering getting into contact with reviewers online and trade a free copy of my story for an honest review. I’m not sure if this is the way to go, but I’m not sure what way there is to go either.
The final problem is that I write short stories. The price listed on amazon is consistently the lowest available. I don’t want to sell these stories for lots of money because they are short. It might make me look like a hack selling stories the size of ten pages when stories ten times as long are sold for similar prices. But short stories is what I do and so it will be that I sell.
My question now is: how do you self-promote?