>>7627539 >Releasing a single literary novel into this gigantic cesspool you are literally better off throwing it out a train window
I just recently came to that realization. I finished writing a book that's too long to find a traditional publisher anytime soon, so I figured I would just self pub it. No one is going to read that shit, ever, at least not enough for me to gain any sort of financial independence from it. The key is supposed to be self-promotion, whoring yourself on social media and stuff, but I don't know how people do that while keeping a straight face.
>>7627539 because it actually takes talent/knowhow/understanding of marketing/mass appeal to do, and also social awareness and interpersonal skills, none of which are particularly abundant in the demographic here
>>7627704 It takes place in an isolated valley where many of the kids mutants. Their culture is very insular––sort of like amish––but they're going through this drought and end up accepting help from the outside, which sets off a whole social drama thing. It is kind of a sci-fi and there are genre elements, so it might not be completely lost on the reddit demographic, but it's also not something that would necessarily be on the sci-fi section in a bookstore or on amazon. It's been over three years working on it almost every day, with a lot of editing. A fair review of it might be, "ambitious and bloated."
>>7627914 this. Smashwords' affiliate marketing program works well. You choose your cut knowing that a lower cut means more chance that affiliate marketers will pick it up. My shitty piece of erotica, Squirt gun, sold 16 copies today on its release on Smashwords; it was on Amazon for two months and sold two copies the whole time, even though I paid some chump change to get links posted on lit blogs with 25+ thousand readers. Also, look for little indie publishers like Vern and Sisters. They support obscure wannabe authors without being a vanity press, made possible with sites like Smashwords.
As cliche as it sounds, if you want to write well you can't be writing for a demographic, you have to be writing for yourself. I'm not saying don't keep in mind who your audience will be, but don't base your entire book around whatever 'marketing strategies' you make think you have.
And if you're going to self publish, don't half ass it. You gotta do all the heavy lifting and whore your shit out, because otherwise people won't know what the fuck it even is. Make appearances at local conventions, partner up with online stores, get connections, be a loud mouth on twitter. The worst thing you can do is just let it sit and gather dust.
>>7627563 Make a youtube, twitter, facebook, and most importantly a pinterest with a uniform name.
Advertise it like it's the next big thing coming. (Don't worry about the view count on youtube either, by the way. As long as you get 300 it will look like you've got a million hits and the counter defaulted.)
Share with friends and family, and get a following going.
Then start scanning pages and posting them on Pinterest, and use Twitter to notify your fanbase when a new page has been posted by tweeting the link.
You'll be the next male J.K. Rowling in no time at all.
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