Amazon’s Kindle Scout Program has officially launched as of TODAY and with it, my debut novel is being made available to readers for the first time. (To see what a live campaign looks like and peruse a preview of my novel, click here.)
I’m thrilled, excited and a little worried all at once.
While I have experience in marketing and SEO work I am a terrible “self-promoter.” I’ve never been able to do the whole pyramid-scheme “sell your friend and they sell two of their friends” type programs and find it difficult talking about myself. Yet to get things off the ground when you’re promoting a book without the aid of a publishing house behind you, it’s necessary to get past that hurdle.
Fortunately there are ways to doing this that don’t make you feel like you’re selling your soul. I refuse to be one of the robots on Twitter or Facebook with automated repeat posts filling everyone’s spam files but will do what I can to mention my novel’s debut, allowing people to take up the cry from there.
So far it’s working. My novel has been tagged “Hot” all day, meaning it’s receiving continual nominations. Whether it remains that way is yet to be seen and will only remain that way through readers such as yourself.
“We write every day, we fight every day, we think and scheme and dream … with no guarantees, no certainties, no promises of what might come and we do it anyway. This is who we are.”
— Tahereh Mafi
I’m extremely proud of this book and know that through the thousands of hours that have gone into its construction it has become a book that is “publish-worthy.” More importantly through my writing I have become a better person, a better husband and father and have found joy in pursuing dreams I have held since childhood. I’m proud to call myself a novelist. An author. Though I’ve got a long way to go each step along the path is as enjoyable as the end destination.
Let’s hope it stays that way!