In a few days I will be taking part in IndieReCon.org – an online conference for indie authors. It’s a conference I’ve enjoyed being part of for the past few years and if you are an author (not just indie but traditional, hybrid, wanna be…) then you should check out the conference – it’s free and full of amazing information.
Joanna Penn recently asked a group of us sitting on a panel some questions about our success. To read the full interview, click here. There’s a lot of great info here and I strongly urge you to read and think about how you can use it for your career. A special Thank you to Joanna for writing the article and for all your hard work for this conference!
For me, the take away was the following:
* Never be afraid to try something new. What worked last month might not this month. Be willing to experiment, step outside of your comfort zone and look past what everyone else is doing. Forge a new path – you never know, it might just work.
*Accept the fact that you can’t do everything. It today’s world of publishing, we need to surround ourselves with a team of experts. Having trouble with FB marketing? Find someone who enjoys that sort of thing. Don’t create your own covers unless you really know what you’re doing. Decide if the time you spend on the little things is really worth your time or if there is someone who could help you while you write?
*Stop focusing on sales. STOP. Focus on your market, your readers, your writing. You can spend $$ on ads, you could post till your blue in the face, but in today’s world of social media, it’s not going to work if you don’t stop and focus on your readers first.
You can find the full list of top indie authors and many more experts who will be speaking at IndieRecon on this list: www.indierecon.org/speakers/
Don’t miss out on all the great advice to be had there free, online, wherever you are in the world – sign up here to take part: www.indierecon.org.
Steena, while you were on the panel you mention that you focused on figuring out WHO your readers were. You stopped focusing on ‘more sales’ and instead focused on who was reading your books.
How did you do that? Did you poll those on your newsletter list? Did you connect with them directly or on social media? As an indie author I’d love to know more about what you did to figure out who your readers were/are.
Great suggestion Alexandra! I posted about how to find your readers in the past, but I’ll do a new post soon about it!