Social media doesn’t really seem to be working for my purposes.
Posts about my books are rarely seen, even when I’m trying to raise money for great causes like the rangers on the ground, Project Rhino and so on.
I’ve tried all of the tricks, tagging others, engaging memes, contests, blogs, videos, book-centred groups, I even paid for a promotion a couple of times (complete waste of money).
Maybe Facebook, for instance, is no longer what it set out to be and I should look for other places to introduce my work and talk with readers about what they like and want to read more of.
I know that I have a great body of work that resonates with people and that is truly relevant to the times, but it doesn’t mean much if you can’t get the word out.
Books like “Msomi and Me” , “Elephants Are People Too” – both gathering outstanding reviews.
“One Chance” the third book in the Nokuthula series will be published real soon.
You can also have a great deal of fun with “Colour Me” a colouring book for children and adults alike, depicting the animals that roamed around Nokuthula. And there will be more colouring books coming as well ……
The sad thing is, I’m not the only author that feels this way.
Many other independent authors have given up because they simply cannot get their books into readers’ hands.
On top of that, there is the weird idea that books should be free or 99 cents, which nets the authors practically nothing. I don’t know what happened to skew this.
Back before Kindle, we happily paid a fair amount of money for paperback books and didn’t bat an eye. Even though we now have ebooks, please keep in mind that it takes the author just as much time to write those as it did for a printed book, and if you want to keep getting books that challenge the mind and bring new things to the table, you’re going to have to be okay with paying a little more for real books.
It just saddens me that many authors that I started this journey with a few years ago, have just not been able to take it. They crafted great stories and now the world will never know what else they could have produced.
If you like to read and you don’t want some large corporation deciding what’s available, you have to support the independents.
It’s just that simple.
How can you help?
Well, you can start by clicking the link below and ordering a book. Whatever you do, do something.
WE NEED YOU.
30% of all proceeds goes to Project Rhino. So you get the best of both worlds – get a good book to read and keep and contribute to assisting the rangers on the ground.