Starting At Zero

I am starting at zero. I’m progressing a little on several fronts, and then back filling. So far, I have a book on Amazon, the same book on Kobo, I don’t have it on B&N or iTunes yet.  I have a website started. What I don’t have, is any visitors, or any readers. I don’t have the slightest idea of the smartest way to change that, so I am starting out small, and I will steadily chip away, chip away, chip away, and get smarter.
My first idea is to knock on the door of 100 book bloggers and ask if they would consider reviewing Fragmented Sky. I’ve asked 35 so far, 5 have said no thank you, several have not answered at all, but one has said yes.  AT some point, probably this year, STRIKING 13 will be reviewing the book. That feels great! That feels pie in the sky amazing! I hope they love it! Chip away. Chip away.
Also, while looking up sites, (My main source is the fantastic INDIE VIEW LIST which features a few hundred bloggers who are actively reviewing indy books - most of whom are overloaded with requests as it is - which makes sense) anyway, I stumbled across a cool site that critiques book covers.
I sent them both of my covers, and they were kind enough to post both of them. Their viewers had some very useful comments - that I will address on a backfill sweep soon - or probably, at the speed I am currently moving, some time this year. BUT THAT IS TWO POINTS BETTER THAN I WAS. Chip away.
Many of the reviewers mention that they will post their review on good reads. I don’t know enough about that. It was on my list for after the first 100, but I am trying to move it up. Last week I started the process of getting the book listed on goodreads,  It seemed to be a submission process, and I haven’t heard back yet, which makes me think I misunderstood something, backfill coming soon.
So far, the excerpts don’t seem to have helped earn any reviews - but maybe in time, or maybe with site visitors. Who knows, they’re neat - they’re bound to be useful someday.
Speaking of neat - my poking around on the blog sites has led to my being introduced to LOTS of cool sites and cool books -- The House At The Bottom Of The lake (seems cool), Artificial Evil (clever)(the Techxorcist!) (clever again - ) The Never Hero (heard the author on a podcast last year, and am always happy to see him get some attention), Barb Taub (writer). All of these deserve more attention than I’m giving them - but my eyes are closing - Good Night!