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A Self-Published Author’s Diary: Before the cover reveal and random thoughts about social media.

In addition to explaining my current process about engaging readers even before the cover reveal, today on the podcast (Listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and more), I dip my toe into the way I use social media, some (very just brushing the surface) of my complicated feelings about social media and the fact that I am still learning how to use it as an author. I even started making Instagram Reels and using TikTok!

A little catch-up

Random update and thoughts on social media

I started working pretty early today (well, the day I’m drafting this post) as I need to finish recording an audiobook I got hired for…My to-do list for the day is pretty long and I may be slightly tired because I had one of those wonderful reading moments where you just don’t want to stop reading. I’m currently reading PRETTY LITTLE WIFE by Darby Kane and I told myself I was going to stop at Chapter 11…I read until Chapter 19.

Have you already read it? Any book recommendations for me? Don’t hesitate to either leave me a voicemail or send me an email at either : authorelodienowodazkij AT gmail.com or aselfpublishedauthorsdiary AT gmail.com 🙂

To share my excitement about the book, I even made a reel on Instagram 🙂

Talking about reels, I made my very first one on Friday at a random moment and it got more than 1000 views very quickly. The reel about PRETTY LITTLE WIFE also got more than 1000 views. I also now have a TikTok.

When it comes to using social media as an author, I don’t necessarily know what I’m doing. Maybe because the author part of me is still me? But at the same time, I am not comfortable sharing certain things . As authors, sometimes we’re told we are the brand. And…well…I’m still learning. You hear: be strategic, but be real. Use hashtags but make sure you use the right ones. Post often but not too often. Don’t spend too much time on social media but connect with people.

And right now, for me, it’s not about growing the number of my followers (even though I guess it would be nice), but it’s more to have more engagement on the posts that I do share.

Right now, I am trying new things. I’ll report back. 🙂

Cover reveal and engaging readers…

When it comes to covers, I either design them myself or I hire someone to design them. I’ve designed all my contemporary romance covers. And the Gavert City book covers have all been designed by Najla Qamber.

Seven years ago, I used to book Blog tours for cover reveals. And I’m wondering how much those still help. I need to do a bit more research…

I’ve already designed one cover for #THELEFTOVERBRIDE (Amazon, iTunesKobo,
Add it on Goodreads) and will be designing another one this week.

Mid-May or so, I will send an email to my newsletter subscribers asking them to help me choose between the two covers.

My goals are three-fold:

  1. Get more newsletter subscribers. I’ve announced it on my blog and in my Facebook readers’ group. The reach in that group is very low and I know it’s probably because I do not post consistently enough. It’s easier for me to send emails. And…as mentioned before, I’ve read it is also more efficient.
     
  2. Get feedback on which cover readers prefer: Both covers will have the same style and to me it will be interesting to see which one readers prefer.
     
  3. Start the buzz...By asking readers for help in choosing the cover reveal, I might get more engagement for the book itself and maybe start the buzz even before the cover reveal.

Author life moment that made me smile last week

I received an email from a reader telling me how much my books have helped distract her through…*waves hands* everything. And knowing that my books have helped someone smile or get lost in the moment in the world that I created definitely made me smile and gave me a boost in my revisions. 🙂

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Ep. 36 – Learning from other indie authors because success isn't a pie, right? A self-published author's diary

Today, I share with you what I've done each day to increase my royalties: one step at a time. Between updating #TheLeftoverBride epilogue, starting to format another bilingual book, putting one of my books as perma-free and running a free promo on another book who is currently in KDP select, I am making progress.  Another topic I'm talking about today is dealing with feeling inadequate or not "as successful" as an indie author because those are feelings many of us have at one time or another. And a reminder that success isn't a pie and that learning from other indie authors as well as remembering what our goals are is oh so important. Also mentioned in this article: And if you'd like to listen to the FEAR ME, FEAR ME NOT audiobook, it's only one credit on Audible and you can try Audible for free! US: https://adbl.co/3l2MDg6 UK: https://adbl.co/3viWDbJ Germany: https://adbl.co/3ADLao9 France: https://bit.ly/3AAINm4 Visit my website: http://www.elodienowodazkij.com  Follow me on Instagram: @aselfpublishedauthorsdiary — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/elodie-nowodazkij/support
  1. Ep. 36 – Learning from other indie authors because success isn't a pie, right?
  2. What has worked with my latest book release as an indie author and what I've learned… And I turned two!
  3. Ep. 34- The art of translation or why I don't translate my own books… Setting up my writing goals and daily calendar.
  4. Ep. 33 – Why the Chemical Engineer was right and the hardest part about writing & self-publishing #TheLefoverBride
  5. #TheLeftoverBride is out in the world! A recap a few days after publication…
  6. Ep. 31 – The jitters before publication and thinking about the next stories…
  7. Because Sometimes You Just Need to Ask About a Dog…(Bonus episode)
  8. Ep. 30 – Writing on the couch… Revising and editing in the chair. And finishing my book!

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