So, ‘Verses of April’ is finally done and dusted, published and marketed…and I’m pretty exhausted. In the first part of this post, I’d mentioned correcting mistakes with the publication of this book. Well, I take that back…I did fix one or two things…then made a few, new mistakes.
Mistake No. 1- My book cover was done on the tightest budget ever. Seeing as we judge books by their covers, this probably wasn’t such a clever idea
Mistake No. 2 – I found ONE typo- actually a spacing problem in one of the poems. I shan’t be saying where it is…you’ll have to find out for yourself!
Mistake No. 3- rushing my marketing plan. Luckily it all came together in the nick of time. I’d decided (at the last minute) to join KU (kindle unlimited), as it seemed the best way to run a free price promotion. Going forward, (and dependent on sales) I might look to place this book with other retailers such as Apple, Barnes and Noble and Kobo.
Now for the achievements:
Achievement No. 1- I’d tied this poetry book into the theme of National Poetry Month- so ended up with a large number of eyeballs on the book by my target market (both readers and writers).
Achievement No.2- As a result of its timing, ‘Verses of April’ shot to No.1 Amazon Bestseller in (Free) Poetry Anthologies – with my other book ‘Lift Off!’ in second place. So, several (screaming) screen shots later, social media blasts and author bragging rights (lol) earned… I’m a little more enlightened.
I’ve come to realise that in this process, I don’t know what I don’t know and it’s my mistakes -more than anything else- that help shape my learning. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Now, back to marketing………………..