Just a quick note on the progress of my grand experiment. If you didn’t read the first post, Wanted: A Few Undiscovered Indie Authors, it explains my plans to do some marketing through traditional radio. Things have been progressing nicely so I thought I’d do a quick update.
A Few Undiscovered Indie Authors – The Authors
I noted in a second post that I received a positive response when I asked for books and I received over fifteen books. Not a lot, but I was pleased and it’s a good start. The readers are not through everything, but overall the reception to the books has been very positive. I hope to release the first list in a couple of weeks.
A Few Undiscovered Indie Authors – The Website
The website is completed and I’ve started a blog that will coincide with the website and the radio spots. I’ll share the details when I get everything up and running. It’s taken time to beta test the right website and blog names, and to get everything just right, but I’m pleased with where things are.
A Few Undiscovered Indie Authors – The Readers
I’ve got a nice group of readers who are doing a wonderful job for me. They are plowing through the books and are filling out evaluations for each book, and those evaluations are very thorough. This will be helpful once we have the reading list put together.
I would love to have more readers. If you are interested, here is the information again:
I will happily take more authors, as this vision will have more than one book list (right now it’s still limited to middle-grade/young adult books), but I also could use some fast readers. I can’t promise you much, but if you’re someone who likes to read a lot, would love some free books, and isn’t afraid to give an honest opinion about what you think of the books you read, I’m looking for you . If you’re a young person, that’s great. If you’re an adult who loves reading MG/YA, that’s awesome too. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please, follow the directions and email me. It was difficult last time to try to keep track of comments here and emails. Here’s what this will take:
- You won’t share or sell the books that you receive
- You’ll give your honest opinion (you’ll remain anonymous)
- You’re willing to fill out a short evaluation for each book you read
- You must have basic computer skills and be able to fill out an evaluation and download attachments
- You must have a Kindle or Kindle app (most of the books are ebooks for Kindle)
A Few Undiscovered Indie Authors – Finishing Touches
I am completing my radio pitch and hook and then I will be ready to solicit radio shows. I’ve taken classes on how this works and I’ve tapped into the knowledge of some of my coworkers, who have also taken the classes, and who are authors and marketers. I think what we’ve come up with is awesome, but the true test will be how the pitch is received. The great thing about marketing is test, test, test. If the first response isn’t as positive as I’d hoped for, I can tweak things and try again. I have no doubt this will take off, it’s just taking time (and a lot of work) to get everything in place.
So, those of you who submitted books, hang in there. We are making progress. For those of you who are curious about this whole experiment, I will share more soon. Best of luck to all of you with your endeavors :).