Online Self-Publishing for eBooks & Print Books | B&N PressNeedless to say, these book buyers are crazy-busy. Because these folks are so busy, you need to meet certain parameters for a book to be considered. For self-published authors, getting to these levels isn't easy. But remember, these levels — plus any momentum that may be gained by the in-store print presence — help build sales momentum toward potential attention from a major publisher if that's your goal. Of course, sales numbers don't tell the whole story, so even if your sales figures hit the minimums, it doesn't hurt to give your pitch a little help. Here's how:.
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Yes, the giant retailer sells almost million physical books a year and regularly conducts author events in its stores, but these book events seem to cater only to published authors. I successfully sold a number of books and gained loyal readers. In the end, my determination and patience paid off. Novice writers tend to be scared of how people will react to their work and are not too keen on taking the possibility of being rejected. Let go of your negativity and explore every opportunity to showcase your work with enthusiasm and determination despite the outcome. When you determine your location, contact the store to find out if it has upcoming author events on its calendar or if the store is willing to accommodate an event.
Becoming an award-winning independently published author took a lot more work than I had ever imagined. I'm no marketing mastermind. Some of it was pure luck in the beginning, but now I know the ropes. As writers we know how to tell a story and make people feel things with words, but for some writers, going out into the field and working with people can be scary. Luckily for me, I am not one of those writers. I am also an actor, so I'm comfortable with public speaking , schmoozing with people, and being the center of attention. All skills you will need in your book marketing if you really want to get your amazing work of written art out there!