When I first started publishing I credited a few thing to my success:
- Fantasy bloggers / fan sites
Nowadays that list has expanded a lot to include things such as:
- the amazing group at reddit's r/fantasy sub (which is a fan site of sorts)
- a constant flow of new books
- short stories as giveaways
- an email list - which I should use and haven't much
- And many, many more.
Even though the list has grown the importance of the blogger /fan sites still remains at the top of my list. After all, these are places where people eat, drink, and sleep fantasy and what's better than a bunch of people all sharing their love for the genre? Not much I can think of.
One of the sites that I think does an exceptional job of uniting writers and readers is SFFWorld. They have a great forum and do interviews, reviews, and in general keep people up to date with what is happening in the fandom sphere. The other day they posted an interview they did with me, and even if you're not interested in that, I highly recommend you stop by as they have a ton of other interviews and I'm sure one will pique your interest.
I hope you'll find it, and others, interesting.