Readers, especially mine, I love you. I do. Even the readers who find I’m not their cup o’ tea, thank you. You’ve invested time and money in my work and that is amazing and humbling to me. The readers who love or even just like me? I make sure every work is better than the one before and that’s totally due to you.
But, alas, this post isn’t for you, it’s for my writing friends. Here’s my lecture for you.
I’ve read everything I can get my hands on about being a successful author. Everything. All the lists have a few things in common, like write the best book possible, have a great cover, get the professional edits, and write the next book.
Let’s go over the last item again. Write the next book. I could tell you about SEO and Amazon’s algorithms, how they want to see you publish something, anything, in a 30-90 day time frame. When you do that, it makes you and your work more visible.
Why do you want visibility? I think that’s obvious. The more visibility an author has from automations like the algorithms and SEO’s, the less they have to self-promote. Time spent posting over and over in Facebook forums, tweets, or Google+ posts is time NOT spent on your next novel.
Time for the tough love part. Are you wanting your writing to pay the bills? If you answer no, then keep doing what you’re doing by posting links to your only book. Some people only have one novel in them and there’s NOTHING wrong with that. Just like there’s nothing wrong with people who have an entire library in their head. For the people walking around with an untyped opus, this is for you. Stop telling us about your first book published a year ago. Do you and your sales a HUGE favor by finishing your next book and publishing it as soon as it’s polished to near perfect. Not only that, but have your next idea ready to write even after that. It’s called feeding the beast and if you want a living wage, get the chum bucket ready and start scooping out the words.
Why do you want to listen to small potatoes like me? Because I’ve seen the results that come with publishing within the 90 days Amazon seems to loves. My first book had tiny sales until I published my second in the series. When that happened, the second book had a good run in sales and took the first along for the ride. Now, three months later, they’re still selling neck and neck. Essentially, I’ve doubled my sales in the historical romance genre. Sure, the sales are still small, but they’re double and I’m good with that. Check them out for yourself on The Oregon Trail tab above. Free samples are out there and who can say no to that?
Bottom line to my beloved author friends in a handy bullet list?
I’ve done the research and have a summary for career writers.
- Write more and make it great.
- Promote everywhere.
- Repeat step 1.
It takes a lot of time and work to be an overnight success. When it happens for you, have those books written and ready for your adoring public to buy.