Over the last few months, I’ve been promoting my Indiegogo for the upcoming Angst audiobook. I’m pleased with the results, it was a learning experience. I’m hoping that others wanting to do the same can gleam something from my time and improve on what I’ve done. For my readers, some of this may be boring, but it also may give you a glimpse on the effort that goes into marketing.
My short term goal was to pre-sell enough copies of the audiobook to hire an incredible voice actor. I’ve been asked for years when an audiobook for Angst would be released. (I’ve been asked the same about a movie, I wish it were that easy.) With the series wrapping up soon, I thought the timing was perfect. I was actually planning to do this last year, but after announcing that I had Parkinson’s I didn’t want friends or family feeling obliged to support me.
My long term goal actually has to do with my Parkinson’s. I have a great job that is incredibly understanding about my craptacular sleep habits and fatigue that my make me late for work or skip the occasional meeting. Unfortunately, this is going to get worse as time progresses. I’d eventually like to write full time, which would mean I’m working two jobs and not three. (Day job, writing, and marketing what I write.) Audiobooks are a crucial medium for authors, and I needed this to happen.
So, in reverse order, I’m sharing the ugly, the bad, and the good. Not only do I want to end on a positive note, but there is a lot more good that came from this than anything else.