I always say that writing the book is the easy part. The next hardest thing is convincing someone to publish it, and the hardest part of all is getting anyone to even hear about it, let alone read it. We have a book-saturated market. A million new titles appeared on Amazon last year alone. We live in an age where anyone and everyone can write a book and get it “out there”. So how can new authors ever hope to find readers for their books?
I have heard writers say over and over, when asked why they write, that they do it because they can’t not write. That they have stories inside them that just have to get out. I’ve given this same answer myself, and it’s true. It’s only half of the equation though. As strong as the desire to get our stories down on paper (you know, virtually) is, the desire to have those stories read is just as strong. I once read a quote that said this is because the journey of writing a book is a circle, and the circle is not complete until the story is read, which I believe with all my heart is true.
And so the challenge: how to get that story you have worked on for so long and so hard actually read. By someone you aren’t related to.
Marketing and promotion are definitely not my thing. I would much prefer to write the book, hand it off to someone else, and let them take care of all the rest. Like they did it in the good old days. Problem is, it doesn’t work that way anymore. Authors have to market their work.
So, the last two weeks The Seven Trilogy has been on a tour around the Internet. 10 days, 21 blogs (actually, 19, since one blogger devoted a post to each of the three books individually, over three days – bless her). It’s been an interesting experience.
The problem with getting your books out there is, well, that they’re out there. That makes them fair game for reviews and criticism and feedback, positive and negative. It’s all allowed, and it’s all perfectly acceptable. After all, no one book is going to appeal to everyone, and, given how many books there are out there, it is valuable for potential readers to hear different opinions and the reasons behind them so they can decide if this is a book they want to invest time and money in.
Personally, I have a love-hate relationship with reviews. I know a lot of authors don’t read them, which I get and even think is wise. I can’t stop myself, but it’s always with a hand-over-my-eyes, grimacing-as-I-peer-through-my-fingers type of read. Still, I’m thankful for each and every review. For every person who is willing to take time out of their busy lives to get their hands on and actually read my books (which still always amazes me). And who then go to the extra effort of posting their thoughts on those books for others to see.
So if you have read and posted a review about my work, on this tour or any other time, whatever you said about the books,
from the bottom of my heart. You have completed the circle for me, and you have helped me find others who just might do the same. And I appreciate that more than I can say.
Press on, my friends.
P.S. If you haven’t been following the tour and are interested in seeing what others have to say about The Seven Trilogy, check out the blogs listed here: https://justreadtours.com/2019/01/07/welcome-to-the-seven-trilogy-blog-tour-and-giveaway/