I wrote earlier about Amanda Hockings earning over a million dollars self-publishing her own novels. She maintains a blog here. The key to her success seems to be the physical books she submitted to book bloggers (combined with many other things I'm sure). Here is an excerpt from a news article covering her precipitous rise:
Sure, she talked up her books on her blog, Facebook and Twitter account — but she credits the big burst to submitting her work to book bloggers — many of whom, ironically, don't like reading e-books. She would send them a print copy from her online "print-on-demand" service.So blogs don't like e-books. Why should they? They have to spend time reading a novel. It is really easy for a blogger to get hundreds of free e-books, but a physical novel sends a signal to them that the author is serious. It may not even matter what type of book it is. In college I wrote a review for an author who sent in the book "Sex, Lies, and the Bible" to the college newspaper. My article started a theological war (not because of what the author said but because I wore my Atheism on my sleeve in those days). Basically, I was sickened that the author could use God to justify all kinds of sexual depravity. The author got his book noticed.
Following the word of mouth generated from 20 to 30 blog reviews, the next month, she sold 4,258 copies, and made $3,180.
As I continue to write what I hope to be a great novel I will keep these methods in mind. Also, continuing to build a following online is probably a must nowadays. In any case, I will definitely do that.