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.
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,