HOW TO SELL MY FIRST NOVEL
I have seen that question asked many times. Even I have to get my head around the do’s and do not’s. There is so much to absorb when you first start out. But whatever you decide to do, this is your journey, own it. Have fun with it and if not, put the question to a group and then take on a bit at a time, all the word of wisdom that are given. None of it is right or wrong, just different things work for different people. Copy and save them, as you may have to go back to those comments many times before one works just right for you.
If you can learn to ride the waves and the will to sell your book is strong, then push that ‘golden light of words’ out into the world and you will attract the fan base you need. I always keep in mind baby steps; else this business can feel a little overwhelming.
Me, well, I didn’t listen and did it my way and it took me on an expensive roller-coaster that crashed and burned. Not to be deterred, I brushed off the charred remains and began again, publishing it myself. I have to do my own marketing now, but at least I have control. That means; from printer to you and profit to me. Sounds good, it is and I now enjoy every step of the journey.
Hints on what to DO -: take to supernova, give Library author talks, offer it to Indie book shops on consignment and have fun selling it at local markets. The list is endless but a thought I have pondered with is to have a Book party (like Tupperware party). This is what I would do. It has to have a name so have thrown this one up for the exercise.
Suggested name – BOOKALOOK PARTY
To begin the cycle, decide who’s place it will be at to gage numbers that can be invited.
Minimum three, maximum six, AUTHORS get together, each invite friends.
Authors would be advised to dress up in costume to match their novel, to make it more exciting.
Each author has a 5 minute spiel to sell their novel. Within this time frame each author has to include a quick fun game to play, it can be a free door prize.
Tea/Coffee and cupcakes are served. (I chose cupcakes as you can put fun book advertising on the icing.) Eg. A launch I went to once had vampire theme, bats on them.
Only now can authors sit and ask if the invited friends liked their presentation and would they like their very own signed copy.
Two bookings are to be taken from each BOOKALOOK PARTY to keep the cycle going.
Good luck if you give it a go. Let me know. I would love to hear if this suggestion works.
My top, DO NOT DO items and how to change the cycle and become LIKED again -: Over pushing your novel on to family, friends, work colleagues and acquaintances can get exhausting for all.
I understand it, but don’t do it. If all anyone is seeing from you every day is your book and nothing of you!!! You may find you have already been blocked by many. I know because when I first started I knew no different. I listened to others advice and gave everyone, excuse the expression – the shits.
MY MOTTO here is PASS IT ON.
Instead, give them more of – YES, YOU or your CHARACTERS. Blog about your characters! Have they got a profile? What other interests do you have? When you read something you like, pass that literature on – I don’t mean just a picture(boring). Give your readers games to play, maybe freeby’s and run competitions. If your readers like your books, more than not they will also like what YOU READ – FIND INTERESTING – OR DO too, so – PASS IT ON.
Dreams can come true so best wishes on the next stage of the ‘selling your book.’ Keep your chin up and keep moving upwards. And don’t forget to have a laugh once in a while and – PASS IT ON.