This is my first ever posting on any writing forum, and it’s to say that my first novel is finished and ready for the world. Now what? It’s a mystery drama. I don’t know how good it really is, but people I respect (not just close friends) have said, “This is like a ‘real’ book. I would buy this in a shop.” Literary agents don’t seem to agree. I’ve tried that route without success. Now I’m ready to self-publish digitally. I know that some writers regard this approach as a defeat, but I feel life’s too short to keep on waiting and hoping. I’ve built my own web site to showcase the book, complete with a blog section, and I’ve uploaded the first few chapters to it. I’ve also created a Facebook account focusing just on the book. I haven’t actually published the book itself yet, but that’s the plan. What I haven’t done until now is engage with the writing community. You might think I’ve been either short-sighted or just plain arrogant! I hope not. I conferred offline with people I trust during the writing, and I’ve modified the book quite a lot in response to their comments. I suppose I’ve skipped past the critiquing that I might have had in forums, but anyway, this is where I am now. Does anyone have any suggestions for generating some interest? How should I attract readers to the web site and blog, and actually get them to read the sample chapters? Am I in fact going down a the right path? I’m not expecting easy answers to these fundamental questions! I just felt maybe someone would have some thoughts, or feel inclined to share their own experience. I’m happy to provide more details. Thanks for any feedback.