Marketing in the Middle of Nowhere by K. Rowe

Author K. Rose
Author K. Rowe

Admittedly, I live in the middle of nowhere. It’s 18 miles to the nearest town; and the county, (which boasts a population of 13,000) has only ONE traffic light, and it’s in the center of town. My closest neighbors are 200 yards away. The nearest “city” of 30,000 people is a 40 minute drive. If we need to go to the “Big City,” that’s an hour and forty minute drive. Yet, I’m an author and I sell books.

No, it’s not easy either. I also juggle a 100 acre farm, 2 dogs, 2 cats, and 3 horses; so my time is divided up amongst everything. As difficult as it is, I find the time to write, edit, blog, and promote my books. Sometimes I’m up late, other times, I’m up early. To make some sort of success, you have to make sacrifices. Am I successful? I would say for only being published just over 2 years, mildly.

For most authors, the word “market” is akin to a 4 letter word. We all hate it—me included. But we’re not part of a Big 6 publishing juggernaut that will tell the whole world about our books. No, it’s most of the time just us. So how can you market without spending a fortune? If the internet isn’t your friend, it darn well better be! Take advantage of every opportunity to put your face and your books out there. There are many platforms to use such as Goodreads, Google +, Librarything, and many more. Here’s my most-used list of FREE ways to advertise and make sales: Continue reading “Marketing in the Middle of Nowhere by K. Rowe”

Announcing Freebie Friday Frenzy!

There must be something in the water. An increasing number of otherwise thoroughly respectable indie authors are engaging in e-book giveaways. We at Indies Unlimited are willing to step up and do our part to spread the bounty.

This is the way it will work:

Each Thursday, we will put up a post like this one, calling for anyone who has a book to give away for FREE to put the book title, author name, a one sentence blurb, and link to download the book in the comment section. The book must be free to anyone who clicks over to the link – not just Price Club members or whatever. Continue reading “Announcing Freebie Friday Frenzy!”

The New Letters Literary Awards

New Letters MagazineNew Letters Magazine is now accepting submissions for their 2012 Literary Awards.  These awards include the $1,500 New Letters Prize for Poetry for the best 2012 group of three to six poems; the $1,500 Dorothy Churchill Cappon Prize for the Essay for the 2012 best essay; and the $1,500 Alexander Patterson Cappon Prize for Fiction for the best 2012 short story.

Entry fees are $15 for first entry; $10 for every entry after. Entry fee includes the cost of a one-year subscription, renewal, or gift subscription to New Letters, shipped to any address within the United States.  Enter by May 18, 2012.

For more information, go to http://www.newletters.org/awards.asp

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Indies Unlimited is pleased to provide this contest information for the convenience of our readers.  We do not, however, endorse this or any contest/competition.  Entrants should always research a competition prior to entering.

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Spam Spam Spam

Author Valerie Douglas
Author Valerie Douglas

… Otherwise known as BSP or Blatant Self-Promotion and SSP, shameless self promotion. Now, I have to be honest here, I have a real problem doing any kind of self-promotion. Yeah, yeah, I know, a little hard to believe from me but there you go.  I’ve actually been told a time or two that I don’t do it enough. I want to have my books stand on their own, for some magic fairy to come out of the sky, tap them with her fairy wand and *poof* they’re on the best seller list.  (Oh… and just so you know… that doesn’t work. )

So self-promotion is a necessary evil – how else do we get our names known, get our book or books out there where people can see them? Continue reading “Spam Spam Spam”