How to get my works seen by as many people as possible?
I think this is a question that many writers face. The more you try to market your book the less time you have writing the next one. Of course, the more you write, the less chance others will see your work. There are just too many choices out there.
You need to write a good story, have an eye-catching cover and tons of good luck. What else can help?
Well, a marketing plan helps. Getting your book in front of as many people as possible helps. The more that see your work the more chance of having someone purchase your book. It is getting people to see your book, that is the hard part.
I am not an internet marketing genius and kinda lazy to boot. I have tried to build followings on Twitter or Facebook but do not seem to have much success. So I wanted to try another way.
I have submitted my story (revised) to Hollywood to see if that works. So far that isn’t working either. It is still only a few weeks since I submitted my query letter, so not sure where that leaves me. I thought that if I can get someone to go for my story, I might be able to sell more books. That still might work but maybe in the future.
One of the things I have read many times from many writers was to keep writing. Write more stories to get more chances for a reader to see your work. If a reader enjoys one book, there is a good chance they might buy another and another. I like this approach because I can keep writing. I still need readers to find my stuff among all the others but this is more what a lazy person like me would enjoy.
Taking a note from a youtube video from S. J. Scott about using Kindle Publishing, the goal is to produce a lot of books and share the news. What I plan on doing with this idea would be to keep writing my full length novels but also take time to create shorter novellas/novelletes about some of the background histories.
With Atlantis and the Wall of Destruction, I mention that Atlantis has been around for 30,000 years. That is plenty of events to write about in short stories or novellas. I will take some of these stories and turn them into 20-60 page booklets that I can put out via Kindle Publishing. They will have under one dollar pricing and will refer back to the major novels.
Hopefully, if people like these stories, then they will continue to buy other stories of mine. These smaller booklets will be part of my marketing plan to get readers to read the larger novels. I believe this strategy is something that many writers could do. Many probably have additional stories or plot lines that they removed from the published novel because of one reason or another. If afterwards, they develop those stories, then they could create additional income streams and have multiple chances for readers to see their work.
To summarize. Do no just write a story. Create the world and build around the main story you want to tell. Use these other stories to add to your marketing efforts. On the ocean of books to read, one book is but a small ripple to notice. Many books becomes a wave that gets noticed.