As a rookie indie crime writer I've spent the last few months doing lots of reading on how to market my books. It's all been very interesting and pretty encouraging as well. But I've recently realised that my marketing has taken a slightly unexpected turn. The best thing I've got out of marketing my books is finding other authors to read. Take Twitter. A couple of posts netted me some interesting followers - such as Jungle Red Writers. So now I'm reading some great books from crime writers I'd never heard of here in New Zealand. Goodreads is the same. I went into that to market my novels and came out of it with more books than I have time to read. And Smashwords is just brilliant - a one-stop-shop to publish your own novels and find a host of new authors. Last but certainly not least - right here in NZ www.letsbuybooks.co.nz is a sales portal and bookstore all in one. Marketing is not something I find easy - but the benefits of my forays to date are incalculable. After all, I always said that if the price of being an author was to stop reading the books of others I'd stop immediately - but I'd stop writing not reading. Thankfully I've never had to make such a choice. And it's still a great thrill when people find my novels because of (or maybe in spite of) my limited marketing skills. I'm enjoying writing my latest Philippa Barnes mystery set in the limestone landscape of Paparoa National Park. But I have to admit I'm enjoying the growing list of titles on my Kindle every bit as much.