I’ve been seeing a number of the authors who have become friends over the last five years questioning whether it’s all worthwhile lately. I know what they mean because I’ve been thinking that too.
If you’ve been going some time you’ve probably been working your socks off, blogging, promoting, making yourself giddy on Facebook, Twitter and other media, commenting on people’s posts, following people back, being inundated with emails, and wondering how you’re ever going to get time to write the next book of the series that every author must have to get a real body of work “out there”.
And then there’s the family, or your social life, in the real world. If you still have one, you feel guilty all the time, because you should spend more time with them, shouldn’t you?
So, we are all in the same boat, then.
I came to the conclusion at the start of the year that paid promotions for my books were making money for other people, but not for me. I feel I should be doing them, taking advantage of this offer and that offer… but here we are halfway through the year, and my ‘sales’ of my books are pretty much what they were last year. Steady downloads of the freebies, and apart from my non-fiction book, nothing much else.
The good thing is, I can ‘sell’ free books. The bad thing is, nobody wants to read the next in the series – well, it’s a very slow burn.
Question: is my first book good enough to make people want the second? You’ll know from last month that my scifi series wasn’t (I’m working on it). I still think Princelings of the East is. But as Sharon Ledwith said on a really good post last week… is my tagline and blurb good enough?
If it is (and I suspect I should change them), then I have a simple answer to the question is it worth it?
But I’m going to write, not promote. I do need to smarten up my book product. After that, well, there are just too many of us around being very clever and doing all the same things, and people will take our free books, devour them, and move on to the next one.
After all, I do the same thing.
I just hope somebody will say nice things about mine from time to time, just as I do with theirs.
What do you think?
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