@kseniaanske This is a question, really: I have been writing this and that all my life but haven't published exept putting some poems out there on social media sites and nagging friends into reading stuff. I have this story, a fantasy. It started out as a short story and has grown into a novella. To keep the action flowing, I have left some things out and the friend I respect the most about, well everything, says I should maybe grow it into a novel. In any event, I want to get it out and read. I think it is good, really good, actually. She thinks I should find someone to market it. I am not that great at finding people, so I think I might have to do the marketing myself, but I haven't the slightest idea how to start. In real life I am a biologist/accountant/tech support person and take care of my 99 year old mother, so not really a marketing type. I would be happy to let you read it if you wanted, but mainly I am asking about ideas of how to get my story(ies) out there and noticed. The thing that would be hardest is if I published something and then 2 people read it and then it died for lack of interest. I have other stories in process, I can't help myself really, but this one actually has a beginning middle and end and when I read it, I like what I wrote. Ideas? I don't mind at all if you tell me you blogged about this over and over and I should just read your post of June 16 or whatever. I just need to get started somehow. Thanks for reading. And thanks for your posts.
You're welcome, darling. And thank you for asking. This is a wonderful question that I get asked all the time, and the answer I have is not what you would expect.
Don't write to get noticed, write for yourself.
It's too early to start worrying about marketing your book before you even wrote it, and the number of readers doesn't matter. Even if it's only 1 reader, that is gold. Their number will grow if you stay true to yourself and continue producing work and sharing your process.
People will want to know who you are before they will want to buy your book. If you push your book at people, they'll turn away. Nobody has the time to spend on a book from an unknown author. At first it will be your friends who do. So start sharing yourself. Set up a blog, or even here, on Ello, posts excerpts, tag @ellowrites and share, share, share your pains and successes.
Does this help? I hope it does. I might write a longer post about this.
NEVER STOP WRITING. COMPLETE A BOOK, MOVE ON AND WRITE ANOTHER, AND ANOTHER, AND ANOTHER, AND IT WILL HAPPEN.