This week has been a blessing for me. I’ve slowed down a bit and enjoyed my work. A new book will be releasing Tuesday, but I’ll tell you more about it next week. Today I’d like to address all the new authors.
When my first book was published I thought everyone in the whole world would be fighting to buy my book. I knew I had a best seller. I knew my book was different, but it was good. I had people waiting to buy the book. I was so excited to publish this book all by myself. Yes, it was self-published, but I thought it was good. I had spent a lot of money getting it edited. It would be on the NY Best Seller List. Little did I realize I was only one person in millions who were publishing books.
My book did sell pretty good for a self-published first-time author. I think I sold around 350 books in the first few months. I should have sold over 1,000. This is my advice to new authors and more experienced authors.
- Get your name out to as many people as you can. If people don’t recognize your name, they won’t buy your book.
- Start when you first begin writing your book to build a platform.
- Blog and write newsletters. Build your newsletter list.
- Don’t “sell” on Facebook.
- Write about yourself some of the time. Tell stories about how you wrote your book.
- Ask to be on blogs. Get your name known to others outside your circle of friends.
- Take time each day to write.
- Remember a blurb should not be more than 100 words long. This will help to sell your book. No one wants to stand in a bookstore and read a blurb for thirty minutes. Make it short.
- Have your book edited. This costs money, but it’s worth it in the end.
- Enjoy your new found fame. You’re worked hard to get it.
We publish mostly new authors. I sign up on everyone’s Facebook account. I try to. That’s how I know what you’re doing. Post on Facebook daily. Ask a question to get more people engaged. Answer their responses. This is good way for more people to know who you are. Have a good time.
This weekend is busy for me. We have a Ladies Day at church, and I’ll set up our books to sell this afternoon. When we finish with that, our writers group meets in another town. It will be fun.