Rome was not built in a day. I know, I know. That is as old as it gets but there is still a mountain of truth in those words. It takes time to build a following and the odds are you will not become an overnight success. Ask the overnight success story authors who have done it. Amanda Hocking took years and many books to be where she is today and so have many others who have gone on to become successful indie authors. How did they get where they are today? They did what they loved most. They wrote. They never gave up and they continued to better themselves and their writing as they went.
Will you sell books at first? Probably to your friends and family, to the neighbor next door and the waitress at Waffle House (OMG! A real author!). Then what? You do not have a big publisher behind you so guess what? It is up to you. Get on social media. Learn twitter, facebook, Pinterest , youtube and every other social website that is out there. Interact with your followers. If you do, a fan base will start to grow. A seed that turns into a mighty oak, spreading far and wide.
Here are a few simple tips that will help on your way to becoming a successful writer:
Your cover art. It is important, extremely important, that you choose a compelling and professional cover. It is your first impression and no matter what anyone tells you, first impressions do matter. Unless you are a photoshop guru, hire a cover artist. The majority of people choose the books they read based solely on cover art. Then there is editing (is that weeping I hear?). This is not the time to scrimp. Find an editor and polish that baby you have been hammering away at for what seems like a lifetime.
Fill your dance card with people who have been there and done that. There are scores of indie authors who love to help when they can (myself included). We writers are a solitary bunch, sometimes, but we do stop at the same watering holes-facebook, Goodreads, blogs and twitter, being the best watering holes in these parts. Ask to be interviewed, give away books in exchange for an honest review, and share the love you get with others. It comes back to you in ways you will never imagine, and remember, have fun on your journey.