You Wrote It? You Sell It!
Announcing my new series!
I have been learning about promoting, marketing and selling books for more than thirty years. And I have learned a lot. I’ve learned a lot about selling traditionally published books (I was editor in chief of a publishing company and have had four books published traditionally) and I’ve learned a lot about selling self-published books (I’ve published three books myself and helped several clients to publish theirs. More than 10,000 copies of my newest novel, Rita Just Wants to Be Thin are in the hands of readers, and that book has about 50 reviews on Amazon. [Happily, at the moment, quite a few of them are positive]). I know ebooks and I know print books. I know fiction and non-fiction.
And now I am writing a book about what I have learned. Whether you are published by a traditional publishing house – major or minor – or are publishing your own book, I have advice for you. Whether you are a well known writer or a neophyte, the tips I am going to offer will contribute to your bottom line.
I am not guaranteeing to turn you into a bestseller (although I can show you how to get onto best-seller lists for a day or two so you can call yourself one), but if you don’t increase your sales based on what is in my upcoming posts, I’ll eat this computer. Virtually. I promise.
You wrote it? You sell it!
As if we have any choice: even if we’re published by traditional presses, they want us to sell our own books. And if we are self-published, we have no support network at all: we have to do it ourselves, or watch our precious words slide off into obscurity. We may not like it, but we have to do it.
But aside from the fact that we writers are mostly quiet, sometimes even shy individuals who hate making a fuss in public – especially about ourselves –and prefer to stay home where it’s quiet, why not sell our own books? No one knows them as well as we do.
You wrote it? You sell it! is the title of the series. It will eventually turn into a book by the same name, but you can get the first draft free right here, as I create it. Some of the info I will be sharing with you, you may have already read in earlier versions on The Militant Writer. But most of the posts are new. And the information is all organized in a new, more accessible way (What to do before you start to sell your book; Creating an online presence; Sales initiatives that cost no money; Sales initiatives that do cost money – what they cost, and whether they are worth it; How to get into bookstores and libraries; Cross-selling; What works and what does not. Etc etc etc. I am leaving no book-promotion stone unturned.)
If I know anything about my Militant Writer readers, you will also find valuable advice in the comments section as well as in the posts.
So stand by. If you don’t already subscribe to this blog, do it now – look waay up to the top of the right-hand column, and you will see where you can sign up safely and securely – so you’ll get the first installment of the series, and every one after that, on the day it is published.
The first post will appear very early in 2017. In the mean time, stop worrying about promotion and go write.
Happy New Year to one and all!
Eagerly awaiting your posts in the New Year — will be a great start!!
I look forward to reading your posts on this subject. I’m always happy to learn something from the pros!
Reblogged this on I'm All Write and commented:
Readers of I’m All Write who are also writers might be interested in this upcoming series.
Sounds like a great series! I’m waiting to hear more.
Sounds great. Tweeted this out to my followers!
I’m quite interested in the promotion and marketing techniques you’ve found or developed for self-published books. I’m not hybrid (yet?), but can see the potential for print-only deals; I love my Createspace paper version of Pride’s Children but haven’t sold very many – the distribution channels of a publishing company might have more opportunities. I’M not ready for such a deal – I’d have to be more popular in ebook for anyone to be interested – but some indie writers have added that, and are doing well (if their books are already popular).
Merry Christmas, Mary – looking forward to your newsletter.