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Buy my Book, Read my Book

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Introduction

You just published your first novel and you do the promotions properly. You don’t spam people with “Buy my Book” but cleverly promote it while talking to your potential readers. Sales start pouring in and you eagerly begin your next book. However, there’s one problem; there aren’t any reviews.

 

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Buy My Book!

Before I published my first book in 2014, I studied other authors’ methods of promotion as well as read articles on how to develop my Writer’s Platform. One of the main things I learned, above all else, was not to use the phrase, Buy my Book. It sends the wrong message to your potential readers. In a way it almost sounds like a threat: Buy my Book or else!

However, I see this kind of promotion going on throughout Twitter and Facebook and it seems to work, mostly. But I choose not to do it as I know better. I joined the site called Readers Gazette and they promote my books for free. Every time they promo my books, I’ll take and share it and add a little teaser from the story or create a clever way to promote it.

One of the ways that I promote book 1 of my trilogy is by using this phrase on Twitter:

2 girls, 4 towers, 1 magic key, endless adventures.

 

You would think that this would be enough to entice someone to buy the book but apparently not. Amazon lets you know when a book has been purchased but they don’t tell you which one. And unless, you have enough people to buy one of your books, you’ll never know how many of each is being purchased.

 

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Read my Book

A couple years ago I did a giveaway of book 1 as part of an author gathering. I gave away five copies of my book and the response was very positive. However, that feeling of happiness soon dissipated when that positive response was followed by: I have a lot of books on my TBR (To Be Read) list, but I’ll get to it. Two years later and still no reviews, no comments on my Author Page, nothing.

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The Ever-growing TBR list

I’ve had people claim they’ve read my book and when I ask them to post a review they act like they don’t have time. I’m thinking you’ve had time to read the book, why not take a couple of minutes to write a couple of sentences in a review. Before I continue, I am guilty of not doing the same but I will get those reviews written—eventually.

I’ve convinced family and co-workers to buy my book but some say they are too busy to read it, while others say they’ve started reading it and like it so far, yet, no reviews. No comments at all.

 

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Review my Book

When no one reads your stories it becomes very discouraging to an author. They can’t gauge what works and what doesn’t. They can’t decide if they should write the sequel or write something else entirely. I’m struggling with that very dilemma right now.

In addition to my trilogy, I’ve written four short plus a collection of blog posts by a character featured in the trilogy. They only reviews I’ve gotten are by: My cover artist, an editor, and a friend. Nothing from my fellow authors whose books I have read. I always thought it was an unwritten law that if you help out an author by reading one of their stories, they’d read one of yours. Guess not. I have hundreds of ideas for future stories but struggle with which way to go as I don’t know what’s worth writing.

I understand people don’t want to spend their hard earned money on an unknown author’s book if they know there’s the possibility of them not liking it but that’s the chance you have to take sometimes. I’ve read several books by people I didn’t know and absolutely love their work; sometimes better than the big name authors out there.

One of the reasons I provide short stories, and at only 99¢, is so readers out there can get an idea of what my writing is like and not have to spend a lot of money in doing so. Oftentimes, I find writing short stories easier as I can spin a good tale in a small of amount of space as compared to a full length novel.

 

Conclusion

I will continue to write stories; even if no one reads them because this is who I am and I have stories to share. I can’t think of ever stopping because it would hurt too much not to write. Fellow authors know this feeling.

So when you buy a book please read it and then give it a review. If not on an official page, like Amazon, send it to the author instead.

Do you review books after reading them? Or do you space it and move on to your next book? Share your comments below.

 

Happy Adventuring!

Chris

The Soundtrack of Your Book

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Have you ever wondered if your book was made into a movie? See it there on the silver screen with all of you friend.  But what would the music sound like that accompanies the film. Have you ever considered a soundtrack for your book?

Writing to Music

When most people are writing, they have the tendency to play music in the background. Whether it’s to accompany their writing or simply to drown out all other noises it becomes a mainstay in the project. I’ve heard people say that they can’t write anything without some music playing. I personally don’t listen to music while writing as it becomes a distraction.

Song Selections

What do you listen to when you write? Is it your favorite band, a collection of your favorite songs? Or do you listen to specific styles of music depending on the type of story you are working on? Movie soundtracks are great since most don’t have lyrics to distract you. I’d recommend Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the Lord of The Rings soundtracks for fans of Horror or Fantasy. Pick the music that would best fit the mood of your scenes. It would be difficult to write a serious wedding scene if “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen comes on.  Then again…

Music Is Inspiration

As I stated earlier, I don’t usually listen to music while writing. However, I do listen to songs and draw inspiration from them. One of my favorite styles of music is Power Metal. Groups like:  Dio, Blind Guardian, Nightwish, and Epica, just to name a few.

Since discovering YouTube Pandora, and other music venues on the internet I’ve been able to find music to fit the mood I’m looking for when writing stories. Oftentimes I will be listening to music in the car and the lyric of a song will inspire a scene for one of my stories or make a good song for an antagonists entrance into a scene.

My Book’s Soundtrack

Even if my book doesn’t make it to the Silver Screen, I’ve given a lot of thought as to what songs I would choose as a soundtrack for my book. If I could choose any musician to create the soundtrack for a movie based on my trilogy, it would have been Ronnie James Dio. His work on the concept album, Magica, is suberb! But sadly, Ronnie is no longer with us and so my second choice would be Symphony X. Having listened to albums like: The Divine Wings of Tragdey, The Odyssey, and Twilight in Olympus; I know that my books would be well supported with great music.

Now I ask my readers, what is the soundtrack for your novel? Even if it is a work of non-fiction, there is always room for music to accompany your work. Share some of the ideas that you might have for songs in the comment for this post.

As an added bonus, here’s a link to a YouTube playlist of songs that I have chosen for my trilogy, The Askinar Towers. You just might get some inspiration for your own soundtrack!

Happy Adventuring!

Chris.

Additional links and information:

Here’s an interview with me by my publishing company, Tiger Dynasty Publishing.

Check out this article called, How to Turn on Your Muse by Birgitte Rasine.