Once you write a book, friends and family will promise to buy the book, confident you will get rich. However, when you get published the number of those people who actually buy it is very slim. They have good intentions, but their lives are just too busy. Now you have to find a way to get other people to guy your work.
Authors can easily get distracted scanning the internet looking for sure bets on how to sell their books and get rich. While a few lucky books get hit by the proverbial celebrity lightning strike, everyone else has to work hard to make a few dollars. Here are a few tips to help you on your way:
- Don’t believe everything you read. Articles on the internet are many times outdated soon after they are posted. Google, Amazon, even bestseller lists, change their processes and algorithms regularly to prevent scams and take advantage of the latest search and buying trends. Instead, fill out information on your works on Goodreads, Amazon and other free sites. Set up a website and social media to build content. Talk to people and ask them to buy your book.
- Don’t stop writing. You got into this because you enjoyed letting the words form into sentences and paragraphs. Set aside time to write on a regular schedule to maintain the fun. It’s easy to get lost in the world of trying to sell if you don’t.
- Read. Make time to read works from other writers. It will improve your own writing. And give back to that author by going online to review the work.