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Low Book Sales Getting You Down?

So, you’re a new author and you have published your first book. But that was six months or so ago. Are you feeling glum about those book sales?

I have seen this time and time again over the past few months. I have even had other writers ask me how do you get your book into Wal-Mart. Say – What???

That is right. They figured that since they paid the big bucks to have their book published at one of those vanity houses that their book should be showing up on the Wal-Mart store shelves. I had to tell them that it doesn’t happen that way.

So see there, you are not alone…

Almost every author goes through this. It does not matter if they self-published, used a small press, or a vanity publishing house. Most new authors expect to be on the top of the charts coming out of the gate. Well, let me tell you this, it does not happen that way… No it does not….

You have to work at this people. It takes time to build up that platform of yours and the only way to build it is by one brick or book at a time. In the meantime you need to market your book without spamming it. Oh and don’t forget to put that book into eBook format. This now is 70% of almost every author’s sales in the current publishing world.

How do you market without spamming??? (I will talk about that tomorrow)

Have you ever noticed that most of those best-selling authors have published four or more books before making it onto the charts? And, usually those are the ones who have used a traditional publisher and have an agent.

Does that mean you should give up?

Nope.

I will agree, it is tough out there. We all have stories to tell and we are all saying read mine, no read mine, no please read mine….

What else can you do?

This is what I see the publishing market as:

So who is bound to succeed?

The author who decides to stick with their writing and pound out book after book, they are the ones who will eventually succeed with their writing.

Remember, the more books you write the better you will get. And, the more people see your name out there the more curious they will become to see what you are writing about.

Keep your head up and your fingers on those keys and keep on writing!

Now People! Get out there and write your book!

Author:

Linda is a student at Franklin Pierce University studying Business Management and works a full-time day job. She not only blogs when she has time, but she writes Young Adult Contemporary and Romance. Fantasy too. Since 2013, she has been a member of RWA and has published six books since 2010. One of which is a short story collection. In her spare time, which seems to be a rarity, she likes to knit, crochet, quilt, and sometimes garden, and find a chance to play with her pooches, Keelaa and Julie.