The delicate art of selling yourself

It’s an odd thing, selling a book. Especially in the digital marketplace.

I wrote a book. (I’ve written a couple of them now. But we’re talking about the first one.) I wrote it. I sent it to critical readers I trust, then I rewrote it, self-edited, sent to another set of scathing eyes, wrangled a cover from my husband, wrangled a trailer from my husband, found a trusted proofreader and formatter, and now I have something that really looks pretty close to a book! I’m almost there.

But now I have to convince people to buy it.

Luckily, in addition to all of this writing and editing and wrangling that I’ve been doing, I’ve also spent some time investing in you all, my prospective readers. I tweet. I blog. I reluctantly Facebook (seriously, there’s something about the format of that whole social network that just … I’m rambling) and I Goodread now!

Through it all, I ask you to bestow on me your time, attention, and hopefully when the time comes, a little cash.

It’s an odd thing, selling your book. You email reviewers and bloggers, offering up this bit of yourself, saying, “Hey, look at this! I wrote it, and I think you’ll like it! Please read my book!” and a lot of them will say ‘No!’ for any number of reasons. They’ll have too many time commitments, or too many other books to read. They won’t accept self-published novels, or they just don’t think that your book will suit their audience. These are all valid reasons to say no to my little book (except maybe the blanket ‘no self-pub’ one, but that’s another post) but I’ll keep on asking. And hopefully a few will say ‘Yes!’

And I’ll keep on selling myself and my writing.

Why?

Because, at the end of the day, it’s all about telling a story. And I truly think I’ve told a good one in A Hidden Fire. I think you’re going to be entertained. I think you’re going to love the characters you’re supposed to love and hate the ones you’re supposed to hate. At the end of the day, I’m selling myself because I want you to enjoy reading this story as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it.

And that’s worth that odd, uncomfortable twitch I get every time I put myself out there. I hope, in the end, you think so, too.

Thanks for reading,
Elizabeth

Posted in A Hidden Fire, Books, Elemental Mysteries, Fiction, Life, Publishing.

4 Comments

  1. ah! i totally get how the whole self-promotion part of writing a book and putting it out there can make you feel all exposed and vulnerable, but i think you’ve got a great GREAT story and wish you all the best. i commend and admire your efforts! i’m one of of those snobby people who probably would have been reluctant to check out an independently published novel, but you’ve changed my mind. what can i say, i have a thing for vampire stories, and yours is a LOT better than many of the traditionally published ones i’ve read, and i haven’t even seen the finished draft yet!

    cheers, mo

    • Mo, you’re makin’ me blush! But that’s really flattering, and I’ll be eternally grateful for all your help on this project.

      Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  2. You have written an amazing novel. Once that ball starts rolling and you have your new releases you are going to do great!

    And I agree that the social networking is draining and time consuming, but I have made some amazing friends which make it worthwhile! 🙂

    • It has! I love all the friends I’ve made online. A lot of them have literally changed my life. It’s extraordinary. And I’m crossing my fingers that you’re right. I know Mortal Obligation is a fantastic book and I’m so impressed with your success! It’s very uplifting!

      Cheers!

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