After the writing, it’s time to get down


Now I have come to the time with the most work for me, the writer. The writer who loves writing. Now I must market my novel, which anyone will tell you, ain’t the easiest thing.
It may even be harder than the writing. For me, I think it is because, as I noted above, I love the writing. That’s why I got into this business, right? With marketing, for me, it’s time to get down — to hard work.
It can be daunting, but you can’t let it get to you, as they say. And in this case, “they” are right.
I think it is important to remember whether you published your own book or had what many of us would consider the great good fortune of having a major publishing company do it for you, you still must market that book you have slaved over for months or years.
“Wait!” I yelled. “I just spent two years toiling away over this thing – my baby – and now there’s no let up? I can’t just sit back and admire it and watch it make my fortune for me?” Nope. I have to go sell, sell and, again, sell that book.
I’ve discovered it’s not so bad as I thought, although still not a Caribbean cruise. Now that I’ve gotten into it somewhat and can feel the handle. I realize it can be done.
But writers have to make sure we start with the smaller inner circle of our marketing area and work out, taking in more territory as we go. With me, that is an especially good idea because the city where I live is a more manageable burg of 15,000 or so.
Beginning writers like me, then, have a chance to practice and perfect our particular sales strategies as we begin to build a network of contacts, resources and possible buyers. And friends and family can help out.
The big city near me is a metropolitan area of more than five million people. It’s a target for the future.
For now, I am starting relatively slowly and building. I’m working book fests and spring festivals and nurturing my sales along, hoping to watch them grow.

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About cwanager77

Hi, I'm Chuck, and I'm the author of "Jackson Flats," which you can find on Amazon.com and Kindle books. My Web page is charleswanager.com. The novel's packed with humor and is a fast read. I also like to travel. I'm especially happy when I can do both and tell others about my experiences. I write about my travel over the globe and close to home. With my posts, you read not only about my travels but about ways to travel lightly and cheaply, and where to stay for less. Travel the world close to home and far away with my posts.
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