After self-publishing my first book, I was thrilled to have achieved such a large milestone. After years of hard work, I was sure once I published my novel it would be an instant hit and I would be the next breakthrough author! Oh, how naive I was.
After selling my book to my family and friends, I had no idea how I would sell more copies. I mean won't people just find it on Amazon and instantly love it? Wrong!!! My book was a needle in the haystack and unless I did something to fix it, it would remain buried among millions of ebooks on Amazon's catalog. I can fix this, I said to myself. I'm smart and very tech savvy. After all, I have a degree in Computer Science and I've managed networks before how hard can it be to set up some ads? Let me tell you, if I could go back in time and smack myself up the head, I would have saved myself a lot of headaches and money. Without knowing what I was really doing, I decided to wing it and set up some Facebook and Amazon ads. Needless to say, I spent tons of money and did not generate much revenue at all. And do you know why? Because I didn't know what the hell I was doing.
So instead of giving away my money to Facebook and Amazon, I decided to invest it in learning more about marketing and building my author platform. I attended conferences, read articles, subscribed to self-publishing magazines, and invested in some courses that made a huge difference for me and taught me the correct way to advertise and market my books.
Below are some of the classes, podcast, and blogs I subscribe to. I am not affiliated with any of these entities and I don't make any commision from the sales of their courses. I am simply recommending them as a consumer.