Self publishing is EASY! Write a book, put the book up on Amazon, and watch thousands of people purchase your novel. Your book is amazing, after all. It spreads person to person like a wildfire. 0 percent containment! Then, you are asked to appear on Ellen. Sales skyrocket to the thousands. A movie producer calls you, and a three-part movie is released. Yes, you heard correctly, three movies for a single book. If the Hobbit could do it, why can’t you? You are living the dream.
Cut to reality. Your book has been purchased by ten people, and you can name all of them because you asked them personally to buy it. At least one of them was named Ellen. That’s close enough to achieving your talk show fantasy, right? As for that three-part movie deal, that would have destroyed the artistic integrity of your story. It’s better this way. Really. Writing is not about money, it’s about writing.
Okay, let’s take a step back. Writing truly is its own reward, but I think we all wouldn’t mind having people purchase our books too. When you work hard on something, it’s natural to want others to recognize it.
So...what can us self-publishers do to make sure our books sell. By reading other blogs and researching the internet, my brother and I have discovered the key is to market yourself; and the first step to marketing yourself is to create a website.
I used Weebly to create this website, and surprisingly, it wasn't difficult to do. And if Weebly isn't your cup of tea, there are a number of online website generators (such as Wix or Wordpress).
I should mention that this is my first post. My brother, known as twin D, wrote the very first post. While we are twins, there are differences in our writing ability. His is better, but I'm curious if you can detect the difference!