Like many Indi authors I have tried all kinds of ways to increase my sales. I've tried Social Media, spending hours posting to Facebook and Twitter. I've spent more than I could afford with pay for click ads on Amazon and Facebook.
I've published paperbacks, eBooks and now audio books and still not getting very far.
I listened to a Webinar the other day by Amy Collins on how to get into libraries. I have had moderate local success with local libraries picking up my titles but I want more.
What Amy Collins said made great sense to me. It's all in the distribution. We have all been using Amazon's Create Space and now Kindle Direct Publishing for years. Amazon want's you to be exclusive with them. Book stores and Libraries will not buy books from Amazon as a general rule. Why? Because there is no returnability of paperback books.
Amy Suggested that to get into stores and libraries you need to be with three companies - Ingram spark, for paperback books, Draft2digital for your eBooks, and Find a way voices for the Audiobooks.
I spent the greater part of today working with Draft2Digital to upload three of my books to their service.
Now I have to work on the audiobooks. I need to take them out of Amazon's Audible exclusive contract and have them moved to Find a Way Voices.
It's not easy being an independent author but I have news for you. Even if you are with one of the big Traditional publishing houses you still have to do your own marketing.
This coming week I'll be making up notices for libraries the way Amy Collins said to do it. One of the big things was to tell the libraries what distributers have my books.
In the meantime click on the links below and checkout two of my books.
Honey Tree Farm - https://books2read.com/b/bP5R8J
Blood Orange https://books2read.com/b/bP5R
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From the active mind of Brenda M. Spalding