I have completed most of the basic steps required of a self-published author. I have actually published a small book of my poetry, which is cool. I have purchased and received both a hardcover and paperback edition and I am thoroughly pleased with the looks of them. I have seen that being available at all online booksellers means nothing. I have seen that getting listed on Goodreads and having an Author Page there means nothing. I have repeatedly contacted BC Bookworld, informing them of the publication of my collection and have received no response. And, most disconcerting, I have had only a very few visitors to this website and not a single comment.
Months ago, in my chronicle of this adventure, I disparaged the idea of paid reviews as "loathsome". Well, my high horse is now long gone, and later this month I will purchase one from Self-Publishing Review. For around two hundred bucks you get a short review and it is distributed widely. I hope this will help. They also have a lot of interesting modules for sale to help promote a book. As a huge bonus, I will finally get some kind of verdict on my poems.