I don’t know how many times I’ve groaned when I’ve seen friends I haven’t spoken to in years, perhaps decades all of a sudden friend request me. It’s not that I don’t want to connect with someone I knew from the past, but I know it’s usually because they’re trying to sell me something. Most times…I’m right. It starts out with a message of;
Them: “Hey! OMG it’s been like FOREVER. How have you been?”
Me: “Doing fine. Thanks. How about you?”
Them: “I’m wonderful! I used to have (fill in the blank with something like fatigue, pain, etc.) but now I found something that works to help me (fill in the blank with the opposite of previous blank above). I’d love to tell you about it. Look at this website……
First of all if it includes something to help me lose weight or fight my fibro I’ve TRIED it already. It’s not that I don’t appreciate them wanting to help me, but I really think I have tried everything and it didn’t work. Seriously, I’m glad it worked for them, but it didn’t for me.
Now though, I feel more for them. I want people to buy my book. Not because it’s going to change their life. It won’t make them lose weight or fight pain and fatigue. But I hope it helps them escape their troubles for a bit and entertain them.
Recently my editor has given me sites to promote my book that won’t require the blood of my first born child (or, you know lots of money). That helps me tremendously. The whole point of having books out there is to get people to read them. Hopefully they will like them and want to read my other books. I won’t deny wanting to make some money, right now just enough to break even would be awesome. But mostly I really want people to read and LIKE my stuff.
One site I’ve been perusing was one of the sites my editor has given me, Author Marketing Club where they help struggling authors like myself promote my book. Now I’ll be the first to admit it seems too good to be true, but if they can help me, I’m in. Especially if it doesn’t call for half my soul or most especially my bank account. Like I said, I don’t want to get rich necessarily (although that would be something I’d say no to) but I want people to find my book and read it.
I’ve gone over their site and honestly, I’d love to have help promoting myself and my books. I need to look more professional and I don’t want to be one of those people who reach out to people I barely knew in high school 30+ years ago and try to push my books.