Is There Bias Against Unknown Authors When it Comes to Advertising?

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Let me preface my post by first stating that I think that the concept of Goodreads is an excellent one–to bring readers and authors together. To that, I have no dispute.

And I know, it’s free to join.

I recently published by second novel, The Love Labyrinth. I’ve been a member of Goodreads since mid-2012, about the same time I published by debut novel, Relations. I hosted two giveaways in the past but I was eager to find other ways to advertise on the site for my new book. Well, it is very expensive, at least for me and I told them so. Heck, some of us haven’t even sold enough books to pay for the work it took to have it published (editing, covers, etc.)

Now don’t get the impression that I don’t spend money for advertisements. I have done so in the past and I am currently doing so with my second book. I expect to pay. Something. However, the placement and advertisement of books on Goodreads’ website seem to be geared to those authors that are already well-known, best-selling authors or authors well on their way to being both well-known and best-selling. And if I had the kind of the money they expect us to fork over, I’d probably be both, too.

Therein lies my dismay. How then, do those of us authors who aren’t well-known or best-selling yet, get exposure and play with the big boys of the literary world?

Why can’t it be more equitable for us all?

What do you think, fellow authors and readers? New authors or those of us who are trying to make our way in the industry of writing and self-publishing, cannot afford to spend thousands of dollars to advertise on Goodreads or anywhere else for that matter, sometimes on one ad. Don’t even get me started on why advertising costs so much in the first place or we’ll be here all night.

So, in essence, our voices are muffled, purely based on economic opportunity and not on talent. And well-known/best-selling authors continue to have an advantage. Their ads are seen and ours aren’t, because we can afford to purchase them in the first place.

How about you? Do you think there is bias in advertising when it comes to authors? Or do you think I’m barking up the wrong tree?

Egad! Where’s My E-Book?

Last Tuesday was my birthday. And although I am happy to have reached another year of life, I am upset about something and have been for almost four months.

The e-book version of my novel. The Kindle version, to be more precise.

When my first novel, Relations, was published, it was available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million and Abbott Press among other retailers.

Fast-forward to November 2016 and it’s gone from Amazon.

Why?

The paperback and hardcover versions are still available on Amazon but the Kindle version is nowhere to be found.

Like I said, that was in November 2016 when I found out and I still don’t know why.

To say that I’ve been a bit perturbed about it would be an understatement because my publisher has known about this since August 2016. Maybe even longer.

And if I hadn’t stumbled on this issue, I probably wouldn’t even know about it now.

Authors should be able to get information about any issues(?) with their books without a lot of rigmarole.

I would’ve appreciated a letter or an e-mail, even.

It’s still available as an e-book through Barnes and Noble, Abbott Press and other online websites so what could the issue be? More information has been leaked about the White House than about why it’s no longer available on Amazon.

It’s infuriating–they’ve got all the information they need about us–they’ve practically got my blood type and mother’s maiden name but when you make inquiries, all-of-a-sudden, you’re persona non grata or something.

Depending on who I talk to, there doesn’t seem to be any constructive advice given regarding how I (actually they) will be rectifying this conundrum.

If there was, my birthday wish will have been granted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who Would’ve Thought…

…that it would be this difficult to secure a narrator for my audiobook? It started off great and although the few that I auditioned weren’t the right voices for my novel, Relations, it seemed as if the interest was there. Now it isn’t. I really don’t know. I’m assuming that it’s due to my modest book sales. Hey, you gotta start somewhere.

Have you authors whose books are available in an audio format as well had this problem? If so, what did you do to resolve it?

 

The Waiting Begins

Okay, so about two weeks ago, I told all of you about plunging into the world of audiobooks. It started off great. I listened to three narrators the day after I put out the call for them. However, there are two that have not auditioned for me but I have listened to their audio samples who I think would be perfect to read for my novel, Relations.

My problem? I haven’t been able to get in touch with either of them.

Have you ever called a repairman, agree on what needs to be done at your home, set aside a block of time to wait for him and he doesn’t show up?

Don’t you hate that?

I hate that!

Yeah, I know, the comparisons aren’t quite the same. I haven’t secured a narrator yet. It’s through no fault of mine. They are nowhere to be found.

I’m ready to get on with the project and this throws a monkey wrench in my plans. What to do?

Stay tuned.

 

 

Can You Hear Me (or My Adventure in the World of Audiobooks)

I have been asked whether my novel, Relations, was available as an audiobook. Crestfallen, I had to admit that it was not.

Well, it will not be that way for much longer for I am delving into that dark and scary but envy-inducing world of audiobooks! Envy-inducing because I have considered the audiobook option for quite a while now and envied those authors who were brave enough to take the plunge. Scary because quite frankly, most things that are unknown to us are scary-at least to me, especially when it comes to contracts and other legal documents. Will it be worth the hard work and sacrifice?

Sacrifice, you say?

Yeah, sure. I mean, look at what day it is! I should be kicking back, savoring Christmas Eve or at least running around the town for last minute bargains. Not!

I’ll keep you appraised of my progress. I have already listened to two auditions! Can you guess what I’m wishing for Christmas?