I’m psyched to have published seven of my poems with Zombie Logic Review, one of the best spaces for outlaw poetry on the Internet (and NPR approved!)
I’m a huge fan of retro video games. Like many Reagan babies, I owned an NES, a Nintendo lunch box, ate Nintendo cereal, watched the Super Mario Bros. Super Show; I could go on, but you get the idea. After the NES faded in popularity, I went on to the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis, then the PlayStation and Nintendo 64, before losing interest when I attended college (Parties are more fun. Studying has its purpose too, I suppose).
Now, at 33-years-old and with a little bit of disposable income, I’ve started to collect some of the games I missed purchasing in my childhood. There are certain “brands” that I’ll buy pretty much anything from (e.g. Mega Man; Castlevania; Ninja Gaiden; The Legend of Zelda; Metroid; etc.), but what about the games I didn’t get a chance to play or that were unknown to me back then? I’ll buy a few of those too, but only if I see a demonstration on a YouTube channel, and hear some reputable voices vouch for it.
The reason I include this anecdote is because the same methods that work for alerting me to retro video games that I should give a chance are the same ones that alert me and many other readers to self-published writers that are worth a read.
Dispel the notion once and for all that if you write it, they will come. They won’t. You have to get noticed or self-publishing is an exercise in futility if your goal is to make money and/or get people to read your writing. I’ve known many talented writers who choose to self-publish. What happens when they release their books? Nothing. It’s every self-published writer’s worst fear.
So, how exactly do you get readers and sales for your eBook?
- Win over an influencer. Some think getting good reviews on Amazon or Smashwords are enough. Not true; they help, but you need to draw traffic first. The best way to do that is to have an Internet influencer promote you on their media. Who exactly qualifies as an influencer? A good ballpark figure is at least 1,000 followers on social media or WordPress, or the face behind a heavily-trafficked website that many people in your niche know about. While press anywhere helps, to get real results you need to get an endorsement from an Internet “star.”
- Give some of it away for free. That means giving free copies of your book to influencers. That means putting up chapters for free online. You’re not Dan Brown or Stephen King yet, so you have to earn your readers’ attention and show that you’re talented.
And that’s it. Are there other ways that you can promote your eBook? Of course. That said, if you want results in a big way and quickly, focus on the big win. Anything else is often just a tiresome waste.
Have you had success as a self-published author? Share a comment below to help aspiring authors.
We all have our biases. When it comes to literature, I have a strong preference for transgressive writing. Transgressive writing has little regard for the niceties of polite society, or what’s respectable to the traditional turtlenecked literary man or woman. Transgressive writers are outlaws, and as such present life on the edge. As someone who writes transgressive literature, these ten authors are huge inspirations.
- Charles Bukowski
A red pill writer on the nature of romantic relationships, the horses, and life in general, Bukowski is still the ace of the field.
Representative Work: Women
2. Hunter S. Thompson
He rode with the Hell’s Angels and took more drugs than thought humanly possible.
Representative Work: The Rum Diary
3. Bret Easton Ellis
An LA bad boy, with work filled with the glitz and sleaze that permeate the world of the rich elite.
Representative Work: American Psycho
4. Junot Diaz
Both socially aware and extremely raw, Junot Diaz might be the best writer alive.
Representative Work: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
5. Irvine Welsh
He wrote the book that inspired Trainspotting. Nuff said.
Representative Work: Skagboys
6. William S. Burroughs
He shot his wife, was a heroin addict, and did some of the most interesting experimental prose ever written.
Representative Work: Junky
7. Terry Southern
He co-wrote a borderline pornographic novel based on Voltaire’s Candide.
Representative Work: Candy
8. Tao Lin
The godfather of hipster lit.
Representative Work: Taipei
9. Chuck Palahniuk
The first rule of Fight Club is you do not talk about Fight Club…
Representative Work: Fight Club
10. Daniel Clowes
He introduced Enid and Rebecca, two of the biggest BAMF’s in comic history.
Representative Work: Ghost World
Honorable Mention: David Foster Wallace
Did I miss anyone? Who is your favorite transgressive or alt-lit writer?
Tasha, the editor for In Between Hangovers, specializes in publishing underground poetry. A lot of the work she features is quite raw and edgy. It’s awesome to have had two poems recently published with In Between Hangovers.
Of course, I suggest you check out many of the other great poets there too. I enjoy most all of the stuff they put out.
I have four new poems in Vintage Poetry. Vintage Poetry is a selective magazine run by Radek Ozog. They’ve featured some of the more prominent poets on the Internet, including Donal Mahoney and John Grey. Check my poems out by clicking here and explore the rest of the magazine afterwards!