Now that I have that confession out of the way, I have another one. I started a series on here that was going to be a way to improve sales. A tongue in cheek look at what really works when we are selling books. I tried my best to write the second installment. Started it several times. It just wouldn't come, or if it did it was crap.
This I have come to realize through experience only happens when what I'm writing is a waste of time or not something I'm interested in. I'm very interested in selling books, but maybe not in an analytical way. I care about what works and what doesn't, but there are so many more qualified people out there than I, who are writing whole books on the subject. No one needs my two cents. So what am I going to write about after rambling on for three paragraphs? I am going to let you know whats important to me about writing and selling books.
I am going to discuss what makes all this hard work worth while no matter how few or how many books I sell. Yes gentle reader I am about to get mushy. I apologize in advance, but it has to be done because I believe in giving credit where credit is due.This is a love letter to my readers and my fellow authors. I hope with all my heart that it sounds sincere and not just a way to suck up. Its meant to be sincere, so if it sounds over the top then please see that as how much I truly appreciate you guys.
I'll start with my readers. You might be thinking of course you appreciate your readers they buy your books. Yes, of course I am grateful for that, but it is much deeper than that. I don't know how a traditionally published author feels about communication with their reader, but for an indie author its essential. Indie readers, the ones who take a chance on us and reach out to us make this endeavor worthwhile.
I wrote the first book I published in secret. I mean I told no one but my husband because I had been talking about publishing a book for so many years I don't even want to think about it and I didn't want to tell everyone again and then not follow through. I had to prove to myself I could do it. So when I hit the publishing key the only feedback I had received was from my husband and as much as I appreciated his input, we never trust our mothers when they tell us we are beautiful and I never trust a man's opinion who knows he will have to live with me everyday after he tells me how he feels.
After a few weeks friends had heard that I had published. Several read my book and they all had positive things to say, it made me feel good but I needed a stranger to tell me it was good or bad even (I was hoping it wasn't bad), just an impartial person. That's when a reader Elaine Laforge contacted me through Facebook and told me how much she loved my book. I danced around the house like I had won the lottery. She had made my day. It was then I let myself have a tiny bit of hope that others would like it too and they did. I appreciate every time someone writes a review, contacts me on twitter, my website, Facebook or left a review on amazon. I don't just include those with positive feedback either. I had received several reviews that they liked the book but commented that the grammar needed work. I thought I had done a good job. I was wrong. I can't control if someone is going to like my characters, but I can control whether they find spelling errors or grammar mistakes and so I hired a professional editor. My book was riddled with errors and it was reader feedback that moved me to do something I should have done in the first place, make my book the best it can be.
I've had readers spread the word of my novels, contact me and give me encouragement and even send ideas on how to promote my work. It means the world to me that someone who doesn't know me would help me in such a selfless way. It really is extraordinary. It wasn't a benefit I expected when I published my book, but I'm so glad it happened.
Next post I am going to thank all my fellow indie authors. They are as generous as the readers and I could never have come this far without them. So that's enough sap and sweetness for one day. I feel a cavity coming on. Once again I thank you for every kind word, tip, review, share, like, retweet and of course each and every sale.
Electa the love bug Graham