Some may wonder how was this accomplished when all sources were combined a few weeks ago:
It was nothing magical.
Nothing high tech or having to do with algorithms and such. If so, I am not aware which words were used.
It’s all about making people feel welcome. Each person who visit my blog or if I know they ‘liked’ an Facebook, Twitter or anywhere else my work is listed I do my best to thank them. Thanks them and they will tell their friends you thanked them and so on. That’s how your name travels.
But if you hide under the blanket like the lady in the picture no one will know about your books. Yes, it can be intimidating at first for you never know what response you may get but with practice, it gets easier.
No, you can’t reach every single person with a “thank you” note. But you can collectively tell your audience ‘thank you.’ You can reciprocate a retweet if a fan retweet your book.
These things goes a lot further than any marketing money can buy (unless you are able to sink thousands into marketing) and can take you a lot further being a relatively unknown author because they show your character. Anyone can randomly click on a link and buy your book and disappear, but readers like to feel they know something about you. That you want to get to know them as person not merely someone to buy your books.
For example: If you visited someone’s home and they left you sitting in their living room while the entire family attended another function as if you were not there would you go back? Of course not. The same applies to online courtesy.
Maybe bloggers, and whatnots who aren’t writing for a living; to sell their books can afford to take the hide- under-the-blanket stance but those write to sell their books can not.
Sure, it’s going to take time to build up your brand. Very few people’ first book makes them a household name even with a traditional publisher. This is how you build up your name and brand by showing courtesy to subjects that are completely different than your own interests. You just might learn something you didn’t know. Everyone has an interesting story to tell. All you have to do is listen.
If you ignore your visitors eventually they will start ignoring you.