When I started out writing I knew nothing about writing or the industry I was getting involved with.
It all started out with a challenge I gave myself to write a children's and see if I could get it published. I have learned so much in the seven years since that very first day I sat down to write, Just Batty. Back then, self-publishing still had a bad name. My first publisher was a subsidy-publisher I found on the internet. I looked at traditional publishing. I didn't even know there was such a thing as self-publishing. That's how green I was. The first publisher that liked my work and would publish it is the one I went with. The illustrations were dreadful and there were errors in the text. No wonder self-publishing got a bad name. We have come a long way since then and want to be taken seriously.
An article I read, bit.ly/2rW4eex , 10 questions to ask yourself before choosing a publisher is a must for every writer looking for a publisher.
Now I read anything I can get my hands on principally about the marketing end of things.
I learned how to achieve sales through social media, which is huge if you put in the work. When I set up a store on my website I expected the sales to come flooding in. Needless to say I have not had one sale. This week, two years after I set it up I did a little detective work and called the web host to find out if I had made all the connections I needed to have the store up and running. I didn't. After a few minutes and a very patient technician my store was up and ready to receive orders. I waited and still no orders. Today I went and bought one of my own books in my store to see how it worked. It is working but I did call the technician again to ask a couple questions.
I read an article recently that I will be bring to my writing group. actually a couple articles. The one I'm bring forward is about how authors grumble about not having any sales but do absolutely nothing about changing it. If your sales are not what you hope for ask your self, "What am I doing to promote and market my books?"
No one can do it for you. You need to keep up with technology and read as much as you can about the different ways to help yourself.
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From the active mind of Brenda M. Spalding