Some of the pleas I get from authors are quite desperate: they are broke and starving, and will do almost anything to sell their books. It's definitely a tough road out there for you writers, well expressed by guest blogger Darlene Jones, in Yes, I'm an Indie! The Road to Writing and Self-Publishing.
Let me say from the outset that I empathize, and that I'm happy to promote your books at The Writer's Drawer. Mostly, I do not read them and I certainly do not judge them. However, in order to reach as many potential purchasers of your books - not to mention agents and publishers - as possible, The Writer's Drawer also needs exposure, as well as other material that will attract them. How, therefore, can we get the most out of relationship?
- By accompanying your promotion request with a creative piece or book review for one of the other sections of The Writer's Drawer. This will be a sort of window to your book. After reading your short story, essay, memoir, or even poem, people can get an idea of whether they'd like to purchase/download your book.
- By using the social network icon buttons (Facebook "likes," Tweets, etc.) on the various pages, and especially on the homepage. When you "like" The Writer's Drawer, other people get to know about the site, and hence are more likely to reach the page promoting your book.
I look forward to working with more authors in this manner. Good Luck to you all!