Author Services – Diving into the World of Marketing & Promotion

Writing a novel and posting it on amazon/smashwords/goodreads isn't enough. In order to become a truly successful novelist, you need to spread the word about your book. Some people do this the old fashioned way. Others hire from a plethora of author services.

This series is a compilation of my experiences with various author services, including cover artists, graphic designers, book review services, book tours (blog-based), and newsletters designed to expand your brand and awareness of your novels. There will be other services also reviewed. What kinds?

Who knows? You'll find out when I do!

Each review will be based on my experiences and should be treated as such. What doesn't work for me may work for someone else. What does work for me may not work for someone else. Ultimately, how you handle your promotion and novel career is your choice.

I am hoping by being honest and forthcoming about my opinions on these services, you will be able to make the best choice for your career.

There will be three basic rankings for services:

  • Recommended
  • Neutral
  • Writer Beware

I will use the writer beware flag when the service is either a confirmed scam, or a good idea with horrible implementation, or a service that simply did not provide any beneficial results.

Recommended will be services I would use again.

Neutral services are those I'm on the fence about. While I didn't love the service, I'm undecided on whether or not I would use the service. Sometimes I may not use the service again because it didn't work out as well for me as I would like. Either way, Neutral Services are those I do not view as a scam.

I will also try to be fair in my reviews of each service or individual — for example, my initial proofers were those who were more skilled with developmental editing than copy and proofing editing. This was my fault, and not theirs. (In other words, don't try to make a cat act like a dog. Developmental editing is much different than copy and proofing editing.)

A final note:

Some of the posts in this series are older, as I wrote the posts prior to creating the series.

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Cy Wyss says February 2, 2015

Hi RJ!

I just wanted to say I really loved this series, especially your posts about Book Rooster, Orangeberry, and kboards. I’m basically in the same boat as you (aspiring self-publisher) and have been having the same issues. Thanks so much for speaking out. Marketing and self-promotion sucks but posts such as yours give a little light at the end of the tunnel. Looking forward to your upcoming book!


    RJBlain says February 2, 2015

    Thank you so much! 🙂 I will be working on more of these posts in the future! I’m hoping to have the next one in a month or so–sooner if I can find the time. 🙂

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