So, since I have sold only one hardcopy (ebooks sell better) of The Brothers Path (and that was to a guy who’s one of my oldest friends) and never mind Martin of Gfenn or Savior, I began to do research into different advertising. Createspace is so helpful in this regard (she said, tongue in cheek) and offers the chance to have a review by a professional, big-time, reviewer just like REAL (EF U!) authors have.
OK. I’ll bite. Click.
Yeah, I see it, fancy covers, reputable reviewers, a line or two, or just, “Sensational!” Lamont P. Reviewer, NYTimes Book Review.
I want that. Ok. Click and then…
Yikes! That’s nearly 1/4 of my monthly income. That’s NEARLY my house payment. And it’s a gamble. You’re not paying for a good review (that would even be more whoreish). You’re just paying for a review — good, neutral or bad, you’re out at least $400.
And another thing…millennials.
Here in the world of guerilla publishing many of my allies are millennials. I have contact with them daily. They’re great. They support my books, they offer me opportunities to write blog posts, they interview me and they give my books awards. Not Millennials exclusively, but largely. I like them. The fact that we’re all out here, the vanguard of “I don’t need no stinkin’ publisher!” makes me proud.