You Want Me To Do What?!

So you have one of these…

Now what?!

You have to do this…

To see this…

Or else you’ll feel like this…

When you put your heart and soul into creating a book, you have to be willing to go the distance to shout to the world, “Hey, over here!” Whether you are self-published or with a publisher, marketing your work is of dire importance.

It is absolutely amazing the number of authors that I have run across over the past year who spend time and money to publish their dream. Once they reach the top of that plateau, they place it on Amazon…and wait. There is no waiting in the world of writing. You cannot wait for your book to magically sell. If I had a wand to make it do so, you know I’d let you borrow it! Just sayin’…

4 Basic Points For All Authors Wherever You Are Currently Standing:

  1. Share – Be willing to part with your book for free (gasp!) yes, free to book bloggers, friends and anyone who is willing to read your work, write a review, or simply offer kind advice. Always.
  2. Stay Active – Don’t stand like the nervous 13-year old in the corner of the gym during your first school dance. You know what I’m talking about! Don’t be nervous or scared about what others will think or do think about your work. You wrote it, you believe in it…run with it baby!
  3. Support – Ask for it, give it to others. We all write because we feel led to do it. Don’t hog all the positive energy here…give it to a fellow author who desperately needs a review, asks you for one flat out or simply needs an ear for advice. We are all in the same boat…let’s share the paddle, okay?
  4. Social Media – Most of it’s free, some of it’s time consuming. But you know what? It’ll get you somewhere. I promise. Make time, don’t procrastinate. Let others know you exist. Social media is the way to do it!

Share your thoughts! I’d love to hear your feedback on the importance of marketing your work. What worked for you and what didn’t?

~ VSK

Comments

  1. I love this!

    There is no waiting in the world of writing. You cannot wait for your book to magically sell.
    I really did believe this approach would work, for a handful of weeks. I’d just give away a few copies on a blog that no one but a couple of friends read and, voila! My book would fly into peoples’ hands.

    I was still pretty uncomfortable talking about it until November, when a blog friend emailed me that she’d enjoyed my book. I asked her if I could quote her on my Facebook page, which I did with some discomfort. I was shocked when some page friends said, “You wrote a book? I’m buying it!” Ba.D. smirked and said, “What did I tell you? People have to know about something to give it a shot!”

    I’m getting a little better. It’s uncomfortable, but it’s important, too. And it leads to some amazing connections, including to authors whose own works I might (hypothetically, of course–ahem!;) be looking forward to reading.

    Sharing this on FB now! ♥

  2. It’s hard to maintain humbleness when you’re trying to sell yourself as if it’s a product. It almost feels like you’re selling your soul to do something like that. I’ve done things similar on a creative standpoint and I think that’s why some great authors out there are so undiscovered. It’s hard. It’s hard to be criticized. It’s hard to not feel very vulnerable when putting your neck out there…

    .. but it’s worth it! 🙂

  3. I’m still at the writing stage (2nd draft) but read with interest what authors are doing to promote their work. Even traditionally published work puts the onus on the author to do a lot of the marketing so the e-book route seems to make more sense. If I ever have any pearls of wisdom, I’ll share them!

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