Book cover designed by me for my first novel The Man Next Door!

The pride I feel from the accomplishment of writing and publishing a book is comparable to a mother giving birth.  I’ve never had a kid, so I don’t really know that for sure, but, this book is my first born.  Being an author is a dream I’ve had since I can remember; finally realized.  After starting countless books, I completed one and braved self-publishing via Kindle Unlimited, a part of Amazon.com books.

You want to know what this book is about, don’t you?  Okay, here is the description you can find on Amazon for my book.  You can also read this description on Amazon as well.

What The Man Next Door is all about

Writing a book is just the beginning of the process of publishing a book.  I learned so much, and have so much more to learn.  By far, the largest hurdle to date is that of marketing.  Finding your audience, and encouraging them to take a chance on your book, even though it is free to read for members of Kindle Unlimited, has been a struggle.  For the first month Amazon helps you out, to encourage their self-publishing business.  After the first two months, however, if you haven’t happened upon your market, then you better get to hustling.

I am still hustling. I’ve utilized the free avenues of advertising via Facebook groups, Pinterest, LinkedIn and word of mouth.  Yet, the following 6 months after releasing my book, has been very dry.  This revelation encouraged me to launch a facebook page for the book, and pay for advertising.  My Facebook page advertising reaped me no rewards for my money spent.  I decided to spend $110 to place an ad campaign through Kindle/Amazon, and this avenue has not gained any hits on my book.

I am working on my second book now.  It is my desire to publish four to six books per year.  I’m working now on my second book, so as you can see, for me this eventuality might take another year to work up to.

My understanding is that self-publishing is a numbers game.  According to my research, it will take having about ten books published before you get any sort of consistent income, and stay in the loop of the Kindle algorithms to be highlighted.  Working a full-time job and being bi-polar with the attention span of a Yorkie Terrier, makes this a challenge, I did not foresee.

As I stated earlier, being a paid novelist has been my dream.  I’ve always wanted to be able to make a living from writing and publishing my stories.  I have always seen myself as an Author, and will continue to do so for the rest of my life.  I am a story teller.  With focus and perseverance, I will create a comfortable living for myself from my writing.

I encourage you to take some time and read my book.  It is a sweet romance, a story of friendship turned to love.  Please leave a review on the book as well to let me know what you think of it.  In the meantime, I will be at my desk, pecking out my next story.

 

~Smile!

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