I’m always looking for more readers – aren’t all writer? Writing YA books, you’d think I’d be marketing to teens (not an easy thing to do); however, I came across a statistic not long ago stating about half of YA readers are adults. It’s something I’d read before, and I tend to agree with the statistic. Early last week, I was tagged on Twitter by a friend alerting me to a webinar her agent was presenting – How To Find Readers – and I immediately registered. There were no great epiphanies, but she did offer some ideas I plan to follow up on – offering a few chapters for free or scenes cut from my books. Being active on social media is important, but choosing which platform works best for you is imporant. She also mentioned not just promoting your own novels, but helping other writers – something I’m a proponent of. Coincidentally, she brought up a topic I’d been looking at last week – categories and keywords on Amazon.
Which brings me to Publisher Rocket (formerly known as KDP Rocket). A couple of my publisher siblings mentioned this in our Facebook group and how using it had helped their rankings and sales – all good things, right? After investigating further, I downloaded it last week. I’ve been through the tutorials and played around a bit, and there are some areas I still haven’t gotten to, but plans are to go back through the tutorials again. Lots of info is included, and I want to take full advantage of eveything it has to offer.
I started watching a new series. For All Mankind on Apple+ has completely and utterly hooked this space nerd. I’d seen it advertised last November when it was released, but at the time, we didn’t subscribe. Last week, I was offered a 7-day free subscription, so I took it. It’s an alternate history storyline that begins in June 1969 – when Russia beats us to the moon by one month. Other changes (and I’m not giving anything away with this) include women also entering the space program and after Nixon, Ted Kennedy becoming president. Highly recommend it!
Have a safe and healthy week!