I just saw a link to another one of those articles 'how to make money self-publishing books' or something. Supposedly it was advice from 3 authors who are supporting their families on their book sales income.
I didn't click it.
last time I read one of those articles, the advice was comprised of
things I've already done, things I can't afford, and things I already
knew about but am not willing to do.
I'm not talking
about unethical things. Just things like writing to spec (where you
write what someone else tells you to write), joining organizations,
going to conferences, etc. Luckily, I've never seen one where the
people are advocating unethical things. I'd totally block anyone who
linked to that kind of article.
Anyway, I'm sure there
are things I could do to sell more books. I'm on the 'write more books'
plan. I'm also on the plan where I recognize my books are not for
everyone. (Which is rationalizing, I think, but I'm okay with that.)
Back when I first published Dying Embers,
I did a lot more stuff. I got active on a couple forums. I paid for
more advertising. I pimped my book to anyone who would listen and they
were all excited for me because it was my first book. Now?
stopped going to the forums because the more I got to know the people
on them, the less I liked being on them. Too much in-fighting and
snottiness. It got harder and harder to talk to the people I wanted to
reach without getting caught up. Bleh.
I stopped advertising so much because I don't have the money.
I stopped pimping my book in public because I noticed somewhere around
the 3rd book that the people I was chatting the books up with weren't so
excited anymore. "Oh, you published another book? :yawn:" or "I
haven't had time to read the last two books you published."
heard that having books in a series sells more books. Umm, yeah. That
hasn't worked for me. We'll see what publishing the final book in the Once Upon a Djinn series does for sales of all of them. Fingers crossed and all that.
heard that having a newsletter helps. Umm, about that. I have like 13
subscribers. I haven't put out a new newsletter since last year, and
no one seems to have noticed. Probably because everything in a
newsletter is also on my blogs and my FB page. I'll put one out next
month to announce the publication of Wish Hits the Fan.
had giveaways because those are supposed to increase sales. Nope.
They're also supposed to garner reviews, but out of all the books I've
given away to strangers, I got one review. (I'm not counting friends or
regular blog visitors who've won my books. You guys rock.)
occurs to me this far through writing this post that it may sound like
I'm whining. I'm not. I'm just explaining things. Writing them out so
I get the big picture and so anyone new to the biz gets the big picture
from my perspective. Your mileage my vary, of course. Obviously,
since other people are selling books.
I'm also not depressed about it. It is what it is.
And yes, I know other people are in a worse boat than I am. It's all relative. This is my journey.
my journey will have to be about editing and writing. I gave myself a
rather tight deadline on turning WHTF around to JC. And I still need to
finish SU. And right now the weather is gorgeous so I'm fighting the
urge to go fishing.
What are you up to today?