My new book, my first published book, Where Fools dare to Tread,is now out and available through my publisher, Black Rose Writing. After patting myself on the back and shouting woo-hoo, I realized that now the overriding issue will be whether it sells.
As I am not a professional salesman, I find the sales and promotion aspects of being a writer fairly daunting because I don’t want to do it. That doesn’t mean I won’t, but I’m not preternaturally predisposed to such things. This doesn’t mean I don’t want to talk about the book or engage readers- I certainly do; it’s the “please buy my book” aspect that sends tingly sensations down my spine.
I understand that’s not terribly uncommon in writers.
In an alternate universe, a big book publisher would take care of promotion and tours and publicity and I could sit back and mingle with my people. For most of us, that doesn’t happen very often, and even to those to whom it does, there’s not guarantee of success.
So, I’m slowly wading into the sea of promotion. On the plus side, as I’m not self-published, there are the efforts of my publisher to go along with what I do, which isn’t that bad. I have blogs, and a Facebook page, as well as one on Goodreads, and I’ve made sure there’s something interesting on the Amazon author’s page besides the bare minimum. I have copies of the book on hand and I’ve invested in the software and hardware to sell a book should a prospective buyer be interested.
The next step is setting up an event or two at a bookstore which ought to be interesting.
I also have to keep writing.
©2019 David William Pearce