One Step at a Time: Part 1

 I have to admit I had no idea what I was getting into when I self published my first book.

I finished my book and read through it to make sure there weren’t many mistakes. I sent it to a few beta readers to read. My beta readers did pick up a few:) I contacted a few editors to edit my book, but, the big but, yes they said they would, then didn’t:( 

My frustration was mounting!

I spent days researching literary agents and trying to digest every bit of knowledge I could. I picked the best names of literary agents for my genre, to send my query letters to, and I spent tons of time reading about “How to write a successful query letter”. I thought to myself  “I’m going to query a ton of literary agents and when I get one they are supposed to edit my book for me,” right? Wrong. 

I revised, and revised query letters, had other people read them and sent them out. Most of the agents I sent my query letters to did not respond back to me. And their were a lot. I did more research on what literary agents want and found out that they are sticklers for well edited books. Ha, ha, I reread my book again and couldn’t find any mistakes. I knew there were some in there, especially commas, yuck, but I thought I had done very well with everything else.

I continued to read best selling authors books to try and figure out what I was doing wrong. So, some of these best selling authors had some not so good first books, which made me feel a little better. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to have a phenomenal first book, but I also knew that I would have room for improvement. If these authors could get their first books published why couldn’t I?

Okay, I bought myself some editing software–my critical brain wasn’t working back then! The editing software I bought showed me repetitive words, ands, buts, that’s, weak words, weak phrases and so on… I sat down and went through every page, one by one, again.  At the time I was still querying literary agents. Months had passed. Would one of them want to take on my book? No! Fine! I started my book cover and went into Amazon.

I read everything in Amazon. It took me days to reformat my book, and, of course more research, because I couldn’t get Mobi to do what I wanted it to do and the software kept crashing on me. (Mobi is Amazons free download software for reviewing and uploading your book.) I joined their forum and found great directions on how to manually format my book. That took a considerable amount of time.

Whew, I published my book, anxiety attacks out of the way! I had read somewhere in Amazon that they DO help authors promote their books. Yay, I could sit back and relax! Wrong again. 

I still haven’t figured out how they really help an author promote their books, besides, tags, likes, and KDP Select, which Amazon didn’t have back then. More research…

The first thing I felt I needed to do was get some reviews. I put my book into Mobi and PDF formats, found a few links in Amazon’s forum and posted review trades. Wow, I had a few hits! But that was it. Now what? More research… Facebook? Twitter? Blog?

Lynn Thompson

Author: lynnthompsonbooks

Lynn Thompson’s home is in the Land of Enchantment, and, yes, the land is enchanting. The skies are blue, the stars are bright., and there are beautiful panoramic landscapes surrounding her hometown. Lynn wades through the craziness of life to follow her true passion, writing fiction. You can find her, or not, trekking through the mountains, searching for fairies and vortexes, keeping her eye out for anything paranormal, or sitting in the hot springs in her spare time. Lynn doesn’t have a specific genre she writes in. Characters have a way of leading her stories. She follows. Lynn is also a sponge when it comes to knowledge. She’s always on the move to continue her education in writing, marketing, social media, digital media, and hopes to find the extra time to add some criminal investigation classes to her repertoire. Lynn has three novels out: Blake, Sterling, and Tarnished Gold. Blake is the beginning of Montana’s story. Her need for seclusion, at least, for one winter. She does not get what she wants. There is someone or something in the mountains stalking her, people keep showing up on her doorstep, and she meets Max. Max knows what is hunting Montana, but won’t tell her. Montana’s lack of trust in Max drives her to fix her own problems. If she had known what she’d be confronting that night, she never would have sedated Max. Sterling is the second novel in the Montana Dayton series. Montana moves to Florida hoping to escape her old life, and regain her normal life back, but her past has come back to haunt her. Not only does she start losing time, she continues to wake up every morning wearing gorgeous jewels and is surrounded by precious gems. She never remembers where, or who she’s getting the glittery baubles from and is hell bent to get back her memories and return the jewels. Afraid she has been out robbing houses in the middle of the night, she is determined to figure out what is happening on her own. That is until the dreams and the strong pull to explore the gulf. When she finally realizes she needs help, she is powerless to get it. Tarnished Gold is Sam’s story and will be coming out around the new year. Sam first appeared in Sterling and demanded her own novel. Lynn has bowed to Sam’s wishes and is writing that story now. Lynn is also the proud owner of: Dark Fates. Eight short stories that are fun, but still on the dark side. Dark Fates-Madness. Four dark short stories. News Worthy. News Worthy stands alone with five short stories. Watching the news first thing in the morning may not be fun, but dissecting news clips and re-writing them into short stories that had a different ending was a blast! Dark Fates Collections is compiled of Dark Fates, Dark Fates-Madness, News Worthy, and features Karma Shay’s adventures. Visit Lynn at: Website: Twitter: @lynnthompson8 Facebook: Goodreads:

3 thoughts on “One Step at a Time: Part 1”

  1. Lynn, I think a lot of people are probably familiar with your situation. I'm hoping this is the first of a two-part series of posts where you reveal the miraculous secret to successful promotion in the second post! 🙂

    This post that I wrote recently gives an overview of the social media venues you should look at (although you may already be on top of most of them) – – I should have some more info on “best promotion methods” coming in future posts, and have also started a “discussion doc” on the Author Karma FB page to get some other people's input as to what works best (and what doesn't).

    Looking forward to seeing where your literary journey takes you!


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