Posts Tagged ‘e book reader’

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 year, I was quite fortunate to become involved with an uber cool, supportive, and extremely entertaining group of folks at BestSellingReads.com

Over the course of just  few months,  they have developed a place that supports writers and readers of all different types of fiction and non-fiction…..

Below are the folks in charge.       Check out the site and check out the books.             BestSellingReads.com

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BestSellingReads features talented authors who value teamwork and possess a proven track record of producing quality fiction. Books written by our members top bestseller lists, win awards and garner high reviews across social media platforms. We remain on the lookout for the best and brightest authors in New Fiction.

Please check our website often for giveaways and promotions listed on the site’s main page and each member’s Author Page. Our blog features a wide variety of essays to interest readers of any fiction genre.

Reviewers, Book Clubs, Readers: We welcome your interest. If you would like to connect with one of our members, please use the contact form.

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If you’re a reader (regardless of quantity)   then you will enjoy this article about GoodReads.   It is an excellent tool for those who enjoy books.

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If you enjoy reading, and like to use the Internet for finding great new reads, you may well have heard of Goodreads before: This is a superb website hosting a vibrant community of book lovers, teeming with book recommendations and reviews. In other words, an ideal place to find new reads. We’ve briefly covered Goodreads in a Directory post back in 2010, and last year I reviewed the Goodreads Android app. We’ve also included the site in a roundup up 7+ Sites To Help You Decide Which Book To Read Next, but we’ve never taken a good long look at the Goodreads core – the site itself. Up until today, that is.

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…  These are good folks who are working to recognize self-pub’d  writers.

Ready 4 The 2013 Best Indie Book Awards

If you’ve published a new book between May 1, 2012 and May 1, 2013, You Could Win Over $1,000 in Cash and Prizes! The Kindle Book Review’s 2nd Annual Best Indie Book Awards  is underway, and is better than ever!

Here’s an interesting chart.     Still wondering why bookstores are closing??   By my research the fastest growing market will be Europe.  The US has been on a roll in regards to adoption of e-Readers.  Growth will continue, but at a less robust rate.    This, in my humble opinion, bodes well for those that create quality content for e-Readers.  People love their books and enjoy good stories.

Consumers have spoken with a voice that is loud and clear –   e-Readers are a better delivery device for books.      Not surprisingly,  the projected growth of eBooks sales correlates rather closely to the growth in

e-Readers (see bottom paragraph).     ** Please note that this is a VERY VERY unscientific assessment from a true newbie to the industry.  Take all comments with a grain of salt and a tequila shot, followed by a lemon wedge.

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