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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

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The Writer and the New Year

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As we come to the end of this year, let me ask you this one simple question: Where do you see yourself one year from now? I’m not necessarily speaking physically, but more in terms of life. Job promotion? School completion? Married? Children? The possibilities are endless. For my writer friends, will you have: A first draft completed? First book finished? A book deal signed? What are your goals for the coming year?

 New Year, New Opportunities

With every January 1st, a clean slate is presented to us. A chance to make changes in our life, whether great or small, and hope for the better in the coming year. I encourage everyone to make a change in their life for the new year. I’m going to try and write more this year so I might get my next story or stories done by September. Some of the easier changes a person can make in life are: read more books, get up five minutes earlier so as not to be rushed, reduce the amount of e-mail viewing to twice a day (as opposed to once and hour), spend more time with the family in outings or simply in the backyard.

Again the possibilities are endless. Pick something simple and then work your way up to more difficult. All resolutions don’t have to be made for January. Start with the first and then add others as the year progresses.

My Resolutions for 2014

I’m usually very bad at making resolutions, just like everyone else. But for this coming year, I have made a resolution, or three, in regards to my trilogy. I will have all three books published by this time next year! As you may have read in my previous post (The Writer and the Old Year), I hope to have book 1 out by the end of January. And, as of right now, that’s still on track. Book 2 is planned to be released in May and book 3, for October. Since all three books are completed, and I’m in the process of having them edited, I feel that this is a resolution that I can keep for the coming year.

Another resolution I have made is to read more. Well, not just read more, but to read more books by Indie Authors. And this is not because I too am an indie author, but over the last several months I have come across some really good novels written by people who are, otherwise, virtually unknown! They are just as capable as spinning a tale like Rowling, King and the others, but are rarely read because they are not published by the Big 5 or have a book for sale on a shelf in the local store.

Since 2005, when I took my own writing more seriously, I have leaned more towards releasing e-books rather than print. Not that I don’t want one of my books on a shelf, but there are more and more readers out there who prefer to read electronically. And with all of the options out there for e-book avenues, I’d be a fool to try and limit myself to one style of book.

Happy New Year!

Regardless of what the New Year brings your way, try and make it a positive year for yourself. Only you can decide what kind of day, month and year you will have. There’s enough negativity out there as it is and we certainly don’t need to add to it. At the same time, it’s up to us as to how we respond or react to this negativity as well. Let’s do our best to make this coming year better than any of the previous ones.

Share any comment or questions you might have in regards to this article or others that you’ve might recently read. Feel free to include your own resolutions or goals for the coming year and let’s check in on each other throughout the year.

Once again I’d like to thank all of my friends and fellow writers that I’ve made since May and I hope to keep them and make more in the coming year.

Happy Adventuring!

Chris