It’s that time again, lol.
Today’s tip is simple: Make sure you’re ready!
Do your homework, before you attempt marketing. I can’t stress this enough.
Marketing is hard work! Especially if you go the self published route. You need to write up a solid plan to follow, keeping in mind your particular budget. It’s not free. Even if you go the print on demand route there are many costs to consider. For POD there is the per page fees, the proof copy prices, the shipping costs, the cover art, the formatting, the editing, ect.
Traditionally published authors still have a lot of work ahead of them for marketing as well. It is the Author’s job to connect and interact with their readers.Having an agent, can help curb the marketing that lands in the author’s lap to a point. Be prepared to learn how to utilize various social medias to promote your books, interviews, blog, webpage, special sales on your books, hold contests, ect. It can be overwhelming at times. So, remember to take time out for yourself.
Authors can’t be wallflowers!
At least, not anymore. The days of just writing the manuscript and passing them to an agent, editor, ect, than getting paid a fat check, are gone.
Straight up: If you don’t interact with your audience, you won’t sell many books. These days readers want to participate in contests for the a chance to win an autographed copy of the book, or better yet, a swag pack, or kindle fire, nook, ect. Overall they want to connect with the authors and feel appreciated. Ignore your audience, and you will tank.
The fact is there are thousands of aspiring writers all over the world right now trying to break into the business.
Writing is first and foremost a way of expressing yourself by telling the stories locked away inside your head.It should be fun, exciting, and enjoyable.
It’s also a business, and should be taken seriously.
Writing is hard work. It takes courage, determination, commitment, patience, and practice.
I’ll tell you upfront, with the self publishing revolution, becoming a published author is a little easier. However, becoming a respected, established author is just as hard as ever.
Quality needs to be your number one priority.
Learn the ropes one step at a time. Start with the art of story telling, and story structure. Learn to revise properly. Learn to edit your work so the manuscript you shop around is the best it can be on your part, and so you don’t cheat your readers by not putting forth your best effort. Readers need a reason to keep returning for more of your books.
Your style is a big part of that, it’s what makes each writer unique, and helps them create a special brand. Quality needs to be a major part of that.