There are a lot of wonderful things about being a self-published author. In fact, in a previous blog post, I even compiled a list of things that DON’T suck about self publishing. But, one thing that DOES seem to suck, for most of us, is marketing and promoting our books.

I published my first children’s picture book around this time last year. I was thrilled when all of my hard work produced a truly beautiful book.

Girl wearing 1st place medal with arms in the air

I couldn’t wait to share it with people. The book was well-received by family and friends, but I wanted my book to reach more people. I jumped into the marketing process with as much enthusiasm and gumption as I invested in writing and publishing.   I began seeking out reviewers. Many were receptive, and my first book received loads of great reviews.


With the launch of my second picture book, I thought marketing and promoting would somehow get easier. I thought wrong.


Sadly, I am finding more and more reviewers are not willing to review self-published work. Even more sadly, I now have the Five Man Electric Band song stuck in my head!

Self-published indie people, I wish you the very best on your journey. I’d love to hear about your experiences. Feel free to leave a comment. Thank you!