Just find the appropriate group and submit your book.Thanks, ThinkerX for the prompt - set up my Goodreads author profile.
Any tips for the next steps?
Winning awards is probably a good one—you can stick them on your cover—but hard to arrange. Do you know anyone who's bought a table at a fantasy convention and had good results?Hard to say what is a waste of time. Some have a very low probability of success, but if one hits...
Get noticed on blogs of other noticed people
Find a fantasy convention and buy a table
start a video blog
Have a good cover
Have lots of reviews
Do something at your library
Have a website
Have a newsletter
Be active in social media
be active on author and fantasy sites.
As far as actual money made, I had my best results selling author copies to local bookstores. Usually, the author copies cost me five or six bucks with shipping, the retail price is $14 - $22, so I sell them for ten or twelve bucks, coming out about five bucks ahead. I almost went the booth route...but my area lacks the population for that.Me personally?
Well, I have been to some conventions where books were sold, but never to an actual book or publishing convention. I've also never rented a table. I am not sure where I picked that up. I think it might be from some of the marketing vids on youtube.
If I was to personally to this, I would want a big attractive banner, and or merch to sell (small things like a button, or a magnet, or a bookmark) and I would probably have my book at a severe discount, or even just a freebie (book 1...not book 2+). The idea being, to talk it up and get readers who might then post reviews. I would also want to give them something that had a web address and listed other stuff they might want. For this, I might go in expecting to take a loss for the reviews to make it up later.
Thinking on this some more, I believe Malik has said he had success with this. Malik has mentioned that he is a good promoter. I probably am not, but I think my daughter would be. Either way, I would want to bring someone who could work my table better than me.
I had wanted to go to Ad-astra in Toronto, but life changed. I would like to do it once and see whats there. Maybe closer to home....but not too close