Independent self-published author have a hard enough time trying to promote their books. Amazon and their algorithms don't help.
A while back you could sell your books at events and ask customers to post a review on Amazon for you. Amazon found out and now it seems that only readers that purchased your book from Amazon or Kindle will be listed in your reviews.
I enjoy reading books by fellow non-traditional authors. Recently I read two very good books.
Cracked to Death by Cheryl Hollon was one of them. If you like a cozy mystery with lots of unique characters this is for you. A fun and quick read this book is set in St. Petersburg, Florida in a glass crafting shop. The main character gets involved in murder and mayhem and goes about solving crimes with the help of a quirky entourage of customers and staff. It's a series that I'm enjoying following.
The second is Three Bridges by RJ Coons. This one is set in the authors home area of Venice Florida. Learning about the area is half the enjoyment of reading this series.
The heroin is a Park Ranger at Osprey state park with a young daughter. Her story starts in the first book of the series, Loud Music. Another good mystery by an self-published author.
If you are out and about and see an author selling their books at a craft fair or book fair give them a try. I'm sure you will be pleasantly surprised.
I'm working on the second book in the Green Lady Inn Series. I started with Broken Branches and was told to make it a series because the characters and setting of a bed and breakfast in Salem was a bit different from the norm. This paranormal romance is receiving great reviews from readers even if they don't get posted on Amazon. Sign up for my newsletter which doesn't come out all that often and please leave a comment.
Post a review of a book by a self-published author and I'll mention it in my blog.
From the active mind of Brenda M. Spalding