When I first started writing, I was more interested in putting words on paper than writing a story. We all have that story in our head that we can’t let go. I had such a story. I wanted to publish it so badly, but I was all over the place with my story. I couldn’t get it to come together. It’s still someplace on a flash drive, but I’ll probably never write it. It wouldn’t have been a good seller anyway. I may drag it out sometime, but I won’t in the near future.
Last week I talked about marketing by writing a book that will sell. I wish I could wave a magic wand and all books would be best sellers, but I can’t. We have to make that decision ourselves if we want our book to sell. A well written book will sell much better than one that is slapped together with little thought.
Saturday my husband watched University of Tennessee beat #1 Gonzaga by three points. In the last 3:17 minutes left in the game Tennessee’s guard, Admiral Schofield made three three-point baskets to get the winning score. When asked why he tried so hard to make the three-point baskets he said, “I wanted the coach to notice me.” Not every college basketball player feels that way.
Writing a book is not putting words on paper. It’s writing well so someone will notice your book. Like Schofield we all want to be noticed. Everyone wants to impress someone. You should want to be noticed by your publisher. We take a big chance on each book we publish. Some are really good and sell well. Others never work to sell copies.
Are you making three-point shots, or are you writing to say you have written a book? Personally, I want the three-pointers. Even in my own writing I like it when my husband checks the sales figures and tells me I’ve sold X number of books.
Today decide to get out of your comfort zone. Do blog tours, be on Social Media as much as you can, get noticed, and get your name out there. I challenge each author who reads this blog to begin today by making yourself known to more people. Decide today you want to be noticed by the reading world. You won’t regret it. Have a blessed day.