Friday the 13th. Cool beans. Aren’t I lucky? Usually I have something witty and silly to say, but today I’m coming at you with a serious discussion on what you, as readers and friends, can do to help out us lowly authors.
With a recent release, I’ve spent countless hours at my computer blogging, posting, and pretty much haunting the social media sites. Why do I do this, you ask? It’s simple. I want to sell books. Yes, I know. Sales aren’t everything, but they are nice. A sort of monetary pat on the back, if you will.
With countless books under my belt, and the aforementioned countless hours spent promoting said books, there comes the times when I ask, “Is it worth it?” Are the hours away from my family worth the joy I get from being a published author?
I’m going to be completely honest here. My sales suck. I mean, literally, truly, horribly suck. How bad, you ask? I’m going to tell you. In one quarter, I sold 153 copies. 153 copies. 21 books available. I’ll let you do the math, keeping in mind that at least two of these books were brand new spanking releases coming in under 5 copies each. A book-selling machine I am not.
So why do publishers keep offering me contracts? Why waste their time with someone who probably hasn’t even made enough to pay the cover artist? I’m hoping it’s because they enjoy my writing, but it’s probably more along the lines of, “Nice gal, let’s just use her as filler space.” As a business-minded person myself, I wouldn’t blame them for not wanting to risk another chance with me. But maybe, just maybe, they see something in me and keep offering, waiting for the day (like I am) that I’ll finally have a hit.
So here’s where you come in. Yes, you. The visitors that come to our blog every day, even if you may not comment. Word of mouth is a powerful tool. It has rocketed more authors to the top of the lists than any paid advertisement will do. You, dear readers, have to power to make or break an author. All it takes is a kind review, a dropped word or two to your friends, a simple post on social media, and one sale can snowball into twenty, one hundred, hell even a thousand!
Have you read a book lately that you really, really liked? Did you tell anyone about it? Did you leave a review? I promise that’s all it takes. Five minutes of your time and you’ll make an author very happy. We write because we love it. We publish our works because we have faith others will love it too.
We’ve done our part, put our heart and souls on paper for all the world to see, and now it’s up to you. I challenge everyone who is a fan of Love, Lust, and Laptops to tell the world how awesome our authors are. It’ll be the best early Christmas gift you could give!
And don’t forget, any comment on the blog today will automatically be entered into my contest for the “Meet, Mate, and Be Merry” book tour celebrating the release of Unmasking the Wolf. You can find the tour line-up and book trailer at my website. The more you comment at any of the tour stops, the more chances you have to win a $10 Amazon gift card!
And, don’t forget, start spreading the word!