Posts Tagged ‘book sales’

I’ve seen a hundred book trailers….but NEVER a “Live Action”  short film about a book.   WOW !!    This one gave me goose bumps!!!     Thank you Jennifer Chase.

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Crime has a new nemesis and her name is Emily Stone. She will continue to hunt serial killers and child abductors as long as they are out there.
This is her life. Tag along with vigilante detective Emily Stone in a first time ever “live action” novel short film.  Be sure to watch it full screen, turn up the volume, and enjoy.
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Check out the Award-winning EMILY STONE THRILLER SERIES available at Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble,Kobo, iTunes, Smashwords, and most online and book retailers.
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Yeah,  it’s a waste of time.  I promise any writer out there that Social Media is going to do very little to help you promote your work.  Trust me.  I’ve been at it for while  (many years,  less than some, more than most others).

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But what else is there?  Think about it.  How does any writer get the word out about their book(s)?  All the “traditional” means  (and let me add here that anytime someone uses the word “traditional” in regards to book marketing, one should immediately assume they know very little about book marketing in 2014)  –   store visits, readings, NY Times ads (ha),  are truly not within the realm for most new authors.  This is the case EVEN if your work is selected by a large publishing house.  They are not going to invest any money in your marketing.  You’re not worth it.   Suck it up.  Get real.

So I repeat – “What else is there”?  Nothing.  So go ahead and have fun.  But  realize that Social Media is NOT going to sell books.  I’m not saying don’t participate, you should.  But do it SOLELY for the Social Aspect.  Swap pictures with friends.  Meet other writers.  Follow your family members to see what they’re up to.  That’s the TRUE value of Social Media for writers.  Connecting with others, being social.

And the truth is, there isn’t anything else.  Get ready for a load of disappointment.  Very, very, very, very few books get noticed.   Yours won’t be noticed.  I promise.

In the end, the adage holds true in this world of self-publishing just as it does in the “traditional” world.  The ONLY way to sell books is word of mouth.  Readers have to tell other readers that your work is worthy of investing time.  Yeah, yeah, I know there are exceptions.  Hey, some folks win the lottery.  Smart folks don’t bet on exceptions, they bet on reality.  

Make your book the best it can be.  Expect NOTHING to happen.  Write 3 more books.  Expect NOTHING to happen.  Improve your craft.  Re-write one of the books you’ve already published and make it BETTER.

Quality work is the only path to success.   And make sure your ONLY marker for success is that you’ve published the very, very, very best book that you can create.  Big sales are like winning the lottery and you won’t win.   But that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun and have personal growth.  Just don’t expect that there will be any growth in your bank account.

This is a terrific blog posting from writer Alisha Paige.  I find it interesting to read comments from writers who are experienced in being traditionally published AND have published themselves.  Thanks Alisha for your comments and thoughts.   I know they will be valuable to others as well.

Check out Alisha’s books and excellent blog at     alishapaige.blogspot.com/

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Today I’m debunking myths within the indie world. In other words, I’ve heard some crazy rumors flying around some writing blogs and I want to get the truth out for a couple of reasons. 1) I hate how negative rumors can ruin a very good thing. 2) If I were a new writer considering indie publishing my book, I know for a fact that if I read some of the false blogs about inflated costs, I’d probably never take the risk to indie pub my books and that makes me sad. 😦

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