How do you market yourself as an author?
Some people might think doing reviews for other authors, showcasing some on their site to running a book launch for someone else is not the way to go. Me, me, me and only me was my mantra in the beginning. That was my viewpoint. I was wrong.
People tend to want to shout to the world their books, themselves and well nothing else. And that can work for some authors. But can and will it work for you?
When you shout to the world someone else you are also showcasing yourself.
Offering to review other people’s books you can sometimes have them review your book.
If you do a really nice review, people will come to your site to see what’s going on. If you showcase an author, that author will send traffic your way to show off themselves.
I give a shout out to people on my Twitter feed every Friday. From that I have gained new followers and contacts. From that people have shouted out my name and brand to their feed which has helped with sales and interviews.
I have found my editor and publishers by helping others with their works. Something I would not have imagined doing in the beginning. I have found submitting publishers who have helped me with different avenues on my way to being published. Sharing and passing the love can be very helpful to your brand. From my end it has helped me in so many ways.
Doing it alone is your right. But in doing so you are doing it all on your own. You might be able to do this very well. But you might not. Helping each other can be fun and also productive.
So, at the end of the day one must decide which avenue to go. How it pans out, how you want it to pan out and if you are satisfied with it will all depend on the person who is looking back at you in the mirror.