In yesterday's blog, I was all gung-ho (is that even a word?) about a promoting opportunity that I found while searching for ways to promote my books. Don't you love that part of being an author? I don't mind it at all, because you gotta do what you gotta do. It's part of the author's package. You can't have one without the other if you plan on being successful.
I started off yesterday with listing one book and had plan to do a couple more today and then I was going to wait and see what happens. This was my work agenda for today. After all, it does take time to get the listings submitted.
After a couple of cups of coffee, I was ready to begin my author workout for today. I went to the webpage, pulled up my profile and began to put in all the required information to list two more books that I claim as being the author of. This included putting in the book descriptions, and excerpt, ISBN numbers and uploading the covers. I should be pleased, right? After all, it was my intention to upload all ten of my books so that they could get maximum exposure.
Lo and behold, when I came to the last step of this promoting deal and went back to click on the promote button, I find out that in order for my books to get the necessary exposure and publicity, at least for one month, I would have had to pay out $150.00 for the three books that I have listed before they would go out over the internet and into the hands of potential buyers. Who can do that when you are on a limited financial budget? When I look for free ways to promote and strut my stuff, free is what I want and what I expect to get when I am uploading and typing my fingers to the bone. But sometimes, you don't find out until the last step that there is money involved. Thank goodness I did not upload all my books and their information. Like I said earlier, I was going to see how the first three books did before I submit the others. If I would have seen some results from my efforts, I would have continued with this website. You know what this means, don't you? I am continuing my search and pulling my stuff from this one particular website. After all, what good is it there if it is just going to sit there and collect cobwebs? By the way, I am not too fond of spiders anyway. Will this canary sing again......you bet cha, because this disappointment is just temporary; I have a list of potential promoting sites to go through. But first, before I register my name anywhere, I will be investigating like Perry Mason (I can't think of any current TV investigators) before I commit myself. Remember, you should do the same too.
Here's my List of potential book promoting sites. Check them out, maybe you will find some that you
1. Book Daily ($$$$)
3. Fileby.com (A lot like Twitter)
5. amsaw.org (the author's place)
9. writersmanual.com (they are suppose to give online interviews)