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I was browsing the forums at AgentQuery Connect, an online community for writers, and someone posted how they have self e-pubbed their fantasy novel using the same venues I did (Amazon, Nook, etc.).  They actually wanted to post the book for free, and they did that everywhere except Amazon which won’t let you offer your books for free.  Her (or should that be his, I forget now) idea was to generate a buzz since the book she posted is the first of a trilogy.  She figures if they like the first book they will be eager to buy the next two.

Naturally, in places where the book was available for free, many people downloaded it.  But there was a surprising number that paid .99 to download it from Amazon US.  Over 300 if I remember correctly.  And that all seems to have happened without the author doing much marketing.

I know it’s a bit like apples to oranges if I compare the lackadaisical sales of my short stories to this novel, but it does make me feel like I need to do more to get the word out.  I will be patient.  I will work hard.  I will believe.

The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing

When I was researching blogs on self e-publishing, I missed this one, but someone on AgentQuery Connect kindly posted a link to it in the forum on epublishing.  This site puts my puny little efforts here to shame and shows me that all I really am doing is journaling my personal experience through this e-pubbing maze.  A journal that may serve no other purpose than as a creative outlet for me to listen to myself.

Deb Borys – Viewing Profile – AgentQuery Connect.

One piece of advice that makes sense to follow is to join discussion groups of people who are interested in topics related to your book or your blog.  Since this blog is about self-publishing, one type of group that might be interested in reading my posts are other writers.  Luckily, I already have access to a number of discussion groups that are writing-related.  It’s been a while since I’ve been able to spend much time on them, but with my new part-time status, I will be able to renew my acquaintance with these sites.

One thing I worry about, though, is that people will think my participation is insincere–that I am there only to toot my own horn.  That’s something I struggle with even when I update Facebook and Twitter with my blog posts.  It’s a dichotomy:  I want to toot my own horn, but because of what people might think I don’t want to toot my own horn.

Blatant Self Promotion has never been a concept I’m comfortable with, but how will I be seen or heard if I don’t engage in it to some degree?  I can only hope that the sincerity of my interest in what I am blogging about and what the discussion forums are about can serve as proof that I am not just an advertisement for myself.

So the first group I have reactivated in my daily routine is to update my profile on Agent Query Connect which is a community associated with Agent Query, an excellent source if you are looking for Agents to represent your novel.  I look forward to renewed discussion with people in the writing community.  Inspiration, I am ready and waiting.