1. Thanks for the post, Matt. Your experiences helped me a lot this year and your productivity continues to inspire me. I wish you all the best for 2013.

  2. You’ve done great and really applied yourself. Congrats on all you did, and for your lofty goals. You definitely can accomplish them.

  3. “With the publication of my novels, I naturally harbored hopes that I would become the next self-publishing, financially-independent phenom, interviewed by media outlets all over the world.”

    You, too? : )

    And how have you managed to get that many friends on Goodreads? Are you just friend requesting folks or what?

    • Hi Stan – I found one of the easiest ways to get “good” GR friends is to find a popular writer in your genre or category, click on their friends, and start going down their list. You can also do the same for interest groups and top 100 lists. GR stops you at about 12 or 15, I can never figure out how many.

      I try to set a quota of 100 for the month and sometimes beat it. I also try to contact many with a little note or at least scan their profile…I don’t want to spam these people and I really value many of the exchanges I’ve had.

      • Gotcha. That’s a great way to do it!

        And I saw the other day that your book is still trucking along. If you get to the big leagues first, can you hire me for PR, publicity, and personal assistant/bodyguard?

      • Stan – Sorry for the chronically late reply. In short, yes, I think Goodreads is the best/one of the best places to connect with readers if for no other reason than author : reader contact isn’t stigmatized like it is on Amazon (through forums and Comment sections on your own titles).

        You can make wonderful contacts and, if you tread carefully, put a fairly steady stream of promo through giveaways, online events, and status updates. Sometime this year I want to make deeper involvement in Groups a priority, which I think will pay dividends.

  4. What an AWESOME year you had, well done and best wishes for next year. A belated Happy New Year to Ewe.. I hope you don’t mind I’ve linked you to my blog for a Blog Hop for writers. Baarb

  5. Ellen

    Congratulations! I’m amazed at how prolific you are, and so appreciate all the tips you share on use of marketing channels. 21013 will be great! Now if I can just make one of the NoVa club meetings… 🙂

    • Ellen, thanks so much. I’m hoping 2013 will be better, as #3 in the marty series is back from the editor and I’m hoping to release in under a month.

      And I’ve got a tongue-in-cheek fantasy series planned for release in maybe 2 months–i’m working with a freelance illustrator for cover and interior drawings…exciting stuff!

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