... went to market. Or perhaps it was a goat.
About six months ago, I remember reading one of Jack O'Donnell's posts about
the post-publication experience. Hmm... I thought, bit negative. I
thought he'd be over the moon at having a real book with his name on the
cover. To tell the truth, I have no doubt that he was. The thrust of
Jack's post was that publishing was all very well, but it really was all
about sales. And marketing. Because marketing = sales (if x = y, where x
is the author and y is very, very lucky). Furthermore, if you don't do any marketing there won't be any sales at all, because no marketing = no sales who- or whatever x or y are.
Anyway, post publication, your time is subsumed in writing:
a) twitter posts that no-one reads because you don't have the secret
hashtag that ensures your tweet is read by every prospective buyer of
books in the world.
b) Facebook posts which all your circle of friends "like" but never
share because, well, of course, there is no cat on your picture
c) blog posts that the three people who follow your occasionally diverting blog don't plug or comment on.
d) e-mails to independent bookshops begging them to stock your book
(they won't answer so you can assume they won't. Honourable exception : Cogito Books, Hexham (link is external) who replied and did).
In addition, you lose hundreds of hours grappling with new skills
like photo-shop so you can find out that you can't even manage to make
an image like the one above. Then you discover a web-site which will do
it for you.
So what you don't have is time to write.
All this aside, Unbound have an agreement with The Three Marketeers -
Laurie Avadis, Jack O'Donnell,& Yours Truly - and ABCTales, wherein
ABCTales gets a cut of the profits. Now I don't care about what money I
make, and I seriously doubt whether Laurie or Jack do either. What we
do want is to have our books read by as many people as possible. Buy one
of them, buy an e-book (although all three books are beautifully
designed and a pleasure to own, even if you didn't write it), or buy
from one of the cheaper suppliers the Amazon page links to. Every sale
will keep ABCTales going. Go on, give it a go, make it worthwhile
learning how to get my novel's cover artwork in a picture with some
Ewan (link is external)
Jack (link is external)
Laurie (link is external)