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?


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!

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About Linda Nelson

Full-time worker by day and a college student/writer by night. Linda is studying Business Management and Social Services while she works on her Bachelor Degree at Franklin Pierce University. Blogging when she can to keep the writing muse growing. In 2010, Linda broke out into writing with her first Contemporary Young Adult novella, Friends of Choice which she later retitled and re-edited in 2013 to, What Karla Wants. Since then she has published two more Contemporary Young Adult novels, one of which is a Sweet Romance, and published two slipstream fantasy novels. Linda is a member of Romance Writers of America since 2012. Watch for her coming new releases.