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What Now? What to do after release.

So the book is out and it succeeded/did OK/sold nothing. But now what to do next? It’s really the same however the book did at release. I like lists, so here’s a list:

  1. Pat yourself on the back! Never forget that whether it did well or not, you released a book! Don’t let the feelings you have about your income cloud that accomplishment.
  2. Don’t confuse anticlimax with failure. You can’t reasonably keep up a book release day excitement up indefinitely. It’s a climax. Appreciate that and build slowly. That is the kind of work that builds a lasting platform.
  3. Contact more reviewers. You did this for your release, hopefully, but you can’t have too few reviews. I’m going through the lists at http://www.theindieview.com/indie-reviewers/ and http://www.stepbystepselfpublishing.net/reviewer-list.html.
  4. Look into promotions. Yes they are endless, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do them. There are ways to promote for free and there are costly ways. You just need to decide how much work you want to do versus how much you want to spend. When one goes up the other goes down. Just do it. It won’t hurt that much.
  5. Write more books! It looks more and more like what sells books is more books. That’s what you were excited about in the first place, right? Writing books?

 

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For love of the story: Why I can’t get enough

I just love the stories! I’m not too picky about genre as long as the writing is passable. But why?

  1. I love looking inside people’s heads. Yes, it’s creepy but you know you do too. (And I don’t mean the X-rated stuff. That kind of thing is so overdone.) What a person says and does reveals a lot, but what they care enough about to put on paper is something else. The ideas are refined and thought-out, and they are something important. They may not be 100% honest, but they are usually sincere. Some writers don’t even write based on their conscious thoughts!
  2. People are unique. Duh, Kate. Of course they are. But…it’s fascinating. Nobody will do exactly the same thing as I would in a certain situation, and I want to see what they think they would do in a situation. I compare it to what I would have done and what makes a good story. (Those are often different.) I like fiction, in particular, because it is entirely from the author’s head with maybe just a reference to reality. I can really see the author’s point of view from that angle.
  3. It inspires me. I think of it as “input” that fuels my “output” of my own writing. There is a mystery balance there that I have to maintain. Hearing others’ stories, real or fiction, fuels up my writing batteries for later. I get ideas of things to do and to avoid.

Why do you love stories?

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