So, it would appear that I have reached something of a crossroads in terms of my writing. The last year has been something of a learning curve for me, an interesting, taxing and at times frustrating process but I feel I have learned a great deal since I first decided to try my hand at indie publishing.
Whilst my first two books were free I gave away literally thousands of copies - which resulted in less than a handful of reviews. Immensely frustrating for me as an author trying to get a foothold in a massively competitive and broad industry, but it is what it is. Undaunted, I took a different tactic, partly due to issues that I was unable to rectify with Amazon and partly because I needed to try something else, and stopped giving them away for free (only two titles were free by the way - Wakeful Children, and The Mill Owner's Son, a Victorian Romance written by my alter ego Lillian White.) Predictably, the amount of books actually bought as opposed to taken for free dropped dramatically, but I got one or two more reviews...
Anyway, as I stated in my opening paragraph, I am now at a point where I need to do more. The catch is (and there is always a catch) that I have absolutely NO means of doing so! By that I don't mean that my budget is limited, or that there is only so much I can invest, I mean I have nothing with which to do it! LOL, as the phrase goes.
So my question to readers, writers and anyone else out there in the big wide world is this: how do you go about securing sponsorship or interest in your work?
It is a given of course that anyone who backs you must like your work and believe you have a talent. I realise that is the first hurdle. But beyond that, what are the do's and don'ts? The pitfalls and drawbacks? How does one even begin to go about this?
If you have your own tale to tell, advice to give or warnings to share, please feel free. I need all the help I can get!
Thanks everyone, take it easy out there.
S P Oldham