Discussions on Social Media in Free Podcast Form

Social media’s great, isn’t it? Forget the cost of newspaper ads which few people really pay attention to. With social media, you can not only reach a targeted database of prospects but you can also personalize your message.

Click here for a free podcast of Philip Davis (Authors on the Net) and I discussing the publishing industry and how social media is helping authors get their books in front of potential readers.

Also, click here for another free podcast of Philip and I discussing my novel Raincloud.

Enjoy and feel free to get back to me with any comments on the podcasts.

Literally Yours,

RT

Me and RaincloudRichard S. Todd is the author of the critically-praised Raincloud: A Novel and holds talks on the self-publishing experience. He spends his time blogging and working on his next novel, The Orphans of the Creek.

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Adventures in Self-Publishing Part Ten: The Wrap-Up

So what have we learned?

It’s hard for first-time authors to get published these days, unless you’re already well-known and/or well-connected. For someone like me coming out of the blue with Raincloud, mere talent wasn’t enough to attract a publishing deal. And in retrospect, I can understand why – I was unproven.

That was exactly one year ago. Since then I’ve come pretty far, appearing at book festivals and fairs, organizing an in-store book tour, holding live readings, interviewing for radio, podcasts, and blogs, receiving great reviews, becoming somewhat connected and, most importantly, garnering a bunch of readers.

Self-publishing shouldn’t be a seen as a vain attempt to publish sub-standard material (although there is a plethora of sub-standard material out there). It should be considered an important part of the evolving publishing industry that allows unknown talent to flourish and keep their affairs on their own terms. Once we get over the stigma that the industry has put on it, our culture will indeed be much richer.

Thanks for sticking the series out with me. I’m going to be starting a new one soon spotlighting guest authors, so keep an eye out for that as well regular updates on my own activities. If you’re an author and would like to be featured in this space, drop me a line a richard@richard-todd.com.

Literally yours,

RT

 
Me and RaincloudRichard S. Todd is the author of the critically-praised Raincloud: A Novel and holds talks on the self-publishing experience. He spends his time blogging and working on his next novel, The Orphans of the Creek.

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Book Reviews – Do They Influence Your Reading Habits?

Artists make the culture. Not the critics.” – David Bowie

I’m quite pleased that my novel Raincloud has garnered some great reviews that not only lend the book credibility but also prop up my ego. I’m proud and pleased each time Raincloud earns positive feedback from readers and critics alike.

But I wonder – do book reviews actually influence what readers buy?

To me, reviews are a great way to create a buzz and get the author’s work into the public forum. If used properly reviews can be a very important part of a book’s promotional campaign. But as a buying guide? I would expect that readers listen more to a friend’s opinion over a presumably better-read literary critic’s.

What about you? Do literary critics influence your reading habits?

Me and Raincloud

Richard S. Todd is the author of the critically-praised Raincloud: A Noveland gives talks on self-publishing. He spends his time blogging and writing his next novel, The Orphans of the Creek. Learn more at his website: www.richard-todd.com.

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