Monday, 12 January 2015

MARKETING INDIE BOOKS (Part 1 of 5) by Liz Gavin

It is hard to write a novel. It’s time-consuming to the point we neglect family and friends. It’s so distracting we walk around with our heads in the clouds, hearing dialogs in our heads and seeing things that are not there. All writers know what I’m talking about here. It’s nothing new but it’s a fact.
It is also a fact that most writers know next to nothing about promoting their books. They – no, strike that – WE concentrate on the creative process. We enjoy creating to the extent we don’t have time to bother with ‘small’ details such as covers, formatting, trailers, blog tours, you name it! The word small is in between quotation marks in the previous sentence because these things are HUGE for authors, more so for indie writers.
After all, let’s face it – the relationship between authors and readers sometimes raises delicate issues. I’ll point out one of many possible scenarios. Isn’t it frustrating to see a complaint from a reader about the fact your book looks ‘funny’ on their e-reader after all your hard work, the sleepless nights you had to go through to finish writing that one book? As a writer, one may consider it unfair that another person ignored the content to complain about the looks of a book. As a customer yourself, can you blame that person for defending their right to a good quality product? I know I can’t. So, I would get frustrated but agree with the reader.
Well, if writing is something we love doing but demands so much time and effort from us, and a day is made up of only twenty-four hours, when will we find the time to concentrate on those issues I mentioned earlier and keep on writing? How can we maintain the quality of our craft and promote it with quality at the same time?
If we don’t have the funds to employ a team of awesome, creative people to take care of covers, formatting, promoting and so on, we must do it on our own. If we don’t have the time and/or skills to take on this job, the next best thing is to find professionals who can help us.
Although, I haven’t been publishing for a long a time – around a year and a half – I have been very lucky so far. I’ve found great resources online to help me tackle these problems. I want to share them with you, in case you haven’t heard of them.
So tune in tomorrow, on the next stop on Lucky Blog Tour, for more information. I’ll talk about creating covers.

Liz Gavin


Author Bio:



When Liz Gavin was in Second Grade - just a couple of years ago, really - her teacher told her mother the little girl should start a diary because she needed an outlet for her active and vivid imagination. She was a talkative child who would disrupt the class by engaging her colleagues in endless conversations. She loved telling them the stories her grandfather used to tell her.

Apparently, the teacher wasn’t a big fan of those stories, and Liz’s mother bought her a diary. She happily wrote on it for a couple of months. Unable to see the appeal of writing for her own enjoyment only, she gave up on it. She missed the audience her friends provided her in class. She went back to disturbing her dear teacher’s class.
Since then, she has become a hungry reader. She will read anything and everything she can get her hands on – from the classics to erotica. That’s how she has become a writer of erotica and romance, as well.
As a young adult, she participated in a student exchange program and lived in New Orleans for six months. She fell in love with the city and its wonderful inhabitants. NOLA will always hold a special spot in Liz Gavin’s heart. Nowadays, living in Brazil, Liz’s creativity has improved many times because it’s such a vibrant, gorgeous and sexy country.
Welcome to her world of hot Alpha males and naughty, independent women. Add a touch of the paranormal in the presence of some wicked souls and you’ll get the picture.
Book & Contact Links:
Book link on Amazon = 
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MS48JO0
My blog = 
elessarpublishing.blogspot.com
Twitter handle =  @LizGavin_author
Facebook = 
www.facebook.com/liz.gavin.54
Email = 
lizgavin@elessarbooks.com


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2 comments:

  1. Good morning, Robin.
    Thank you for hosting my blog tour stop today. Your support means the world to me.
    I appreciated it. Moreover, your books went straight to my TBR list. ;)

    I'll return throughout the day to explore more of your blog.

    Liz

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    1. That's excellent news. I'm trying to clear my R/R list because I'm desperate to write Book 6 after 9 straight months of promoting Books 1-5. HOWEVER, let me know when you get round to Book 1 and I will reciprocate by R/Ring your book. There's so much to do; but it's all good fun! xx

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