As I enter my second month of having a book on the market, the world stalling comes to mind. When you first release your book, it’s all excitement, big dreams, and blog tours. You’re getting interviewed, your book is getting attention, and then … nothing.
Stalling Out: Entering the Dead Zone
There comes a point when you’ve already recommended (*cough* begged *cough*) everyone you know to buy your book, and there’s no one left to ask. You’re blogging, tweeting, using Facebook, posting on forums, and doing everything else you can think of to remind people that you do indeed have a book for sale. Yet, sales are slumping. You’ve begun stalling out, and every time you check your Amazon page and see a worsening sales rank, your dreams of success begin to look more like nightmares of
What if no one buys your book? What if sales get so bad that no respectable publisher in the industry dares take a chance on you again? What if you fail completely?
All of these fears are valid. It’s not like you’re a big-name author with offers to appear on numerous talk shows. If you’re like me, you have ONE book out. One. And while marketing a book is and always will be a continual work in progress, you also have a day job. Maybe you have a family, or a partner, or some form of a social life. And on top of all that, you still have to accomplish the most important thing you will ever do as a writer: finishing your next book.
Revving Up: Kind of Like Stalling Out, but Fancier
The truth is that I have no idea how to sell books. I’m sure I’ll learn a thing or two in time, but it’s all a huge experiment. However, I know the most important thing I can do right now is work on my next book. I stalled, revved my engine, and now I’m 25K into a new romance. I’m in love with the characters. The setting thrills me. When I’m writing it, the words flow naturally. I had the same feeling while writing EDGE OF SOMETHING MORE, and while it might not be a best seller just yet, I still believe in it.
Happy #writerlywednesday everyone!