The Author Publishes Herself in This One...and Wins a Goodreads Choice AwardPosted by Cynthia on December 5, 2016
Amanda Lovelace is this year’s only self-published author to take home a Goodreads Choice Award. Her book, the princess saves herself in this one, won the award for Best Poetry. "There simply isn’t a word that can cover the joy I feel,” says Lovelace when informed she had won the award. “To be eligible for let alone win the Best Poetry in the Goodreads Choice Awards, which I have been voting in since they were established, is...well, "honored" doesn’t cover it."
already a major achievement. To do this, a book needs to have achieved a certain level of success in the months leading up to the awards. Lovelace recalls that she built consistent awareness throughout the year using her blog and social media to cross promote her activity and get the word out. “I’m a longtime online book blogger and I’ve always had a steady following across social media,” explains the author, who has been writing poetry since she was 10 years old. “I often posted pieces of my writing on my various platforms [so] all my followers knew I was a writer and that I was working on a poetry collection.”
This loyal online following meant there was an immediate demand for her collection upon publication in April, and the buzz she built in her community caught the attention of a Goodreads book club, which selected the title for their group to read in July. "As a way to include more people, [the moderator] asked if I could offer the e-book for free for any amount of time. I happily obliged, running a sales promotion that made my book free for as many days as I was allowed."
Lovelace had already made her book available though Kindle Unlimited before the book club selection, but wasn't opposed to making it more accessible. "As an author, making your book free of charge might not seem attractive for multiple reasons, but it really does do wonders for promotion! The more people who can access your book, the more reviews that are written—the best “signal boost” you could possibly hope for."
The book was shelved nearly 2800 times the day the Goodreads Choice award was announced. Lovelace doesn't have specific plans for including the Choice Awards in her immediate promotions "aside from gently plastering it everywhere I can!" The award is not the only indicator of her writing and marketing success, as Andrews McMeel acquired the book before it was even a nominee, and plan to re-release it in February 2017. Lovelace is excited to be joining her Andrews McMeel family, as she’s read a few of their authors, including fellow Choice nominees r.h. Sin, Sierra DeMulder, and Michael Faudet. "I felt incredibly privileged to have been grouped with such uniquely talented modern poets."
Amanda's Advice for Authors...
...about reading your reviews: "If you choose to read your reviews, you have to grow a thick skin and learn not to take the negative ones to heart, unless you think it will help to improve your craft.”
...about promoting yourself: “Promote your work as you see fit, but don’t forget that an author isn’t the only thing you are. Too many writers are too impersonal on social media.”
...about taking it all in: “Once your work is out there, it’s no longer just yours. Readers get to decide what it’s all about and why it’s worth reading.”
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