Becoming a published author is an exciting time. You have spent weeks, months, or even years writing, and creating your books manuscript. You have invested a piece of you into the words, the lines, and the total outcome. Each step of the way the excitement builds. From the moment you submit your manuscript, to the acceptance, to your first view of what will soon be your book, and then choosing your cover. All high points of the progression from the first thought “I want to publish a book.”
You are on your way . . . and will soon join the literary circle of people that can say “I am an Author.”
The excitement of saying “I am an Author” is the most wonderful feeling of accomplishment, next to actually holding your book in your hands for the first time. I’ll never forget the day my package came in the mail. I remember cutting the tape, unfolding the flaps, and catching the first glimpse of my words in print. It is a feeling that I will never forget.
But, what happens next?
Unless you have PAID a Marketing Team to market your book, your journey as an author lays in your own hands. It is up to you, who hears and sees that you have a book available for purchase. Most new authors, don’t realize that they just took on a new job. It is now your “job” to represent yourself as an author.
Those who are dedicated to their new job as an author, will sell books. Those that sit back and say “I published a book, I am an author”, but have no actions behind the words will not sell books and will only have the gratification of saying “I am an author” but will not reap the rewards.
The actions you take to represent yourself will determine your success.
Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there!
Share your story!
You worked hard at creating your story, you obtained a publisher or self-published, and you have a book that readers are waiting to hear about. Now it’s time to get busy Marketing Yourself!
Here are some Marketing Suggestions to help you reach more people:
• Create an Announcement that your book is Now Available
• Take a picture of yourself holding your book and write a quote about it “Share It”
• Share excerpts of your work frequently on social media sites
• Create an Author Page or Start a Blog
• Explore new social media outlets you are not currently using
• Read an excerpt on a Radio Show – Opportunities 7 days a week
• Set up a book signing – Your own hosted event or public library event.
• Check to see if your local newspaper can write an article about your book
• Perform at “Live events”
• Set up Promotions or giveaways of your book
• Participate in Book Review Programs
• Join Writing Groups
As you can see, all of our suggestions require you to be actively connecting with people. The more people you connect with, the more opportunities you will have. Don’t give up, the work is hard, but those that stay the course and have an action plan, eventually create their own success. Nothing happens overnight, but with dedication and determination you can become a top selling author.
Just Remember . . . Your Author Journey is in Your Own Hands!
Written By: Raja Williams
Ms. Raja Williams, also known as Raja’s Insight, fiercely arrived on the writer’s scene in 2012 after being awakened by a prolific poet, lyricist, songwriter, and music producer whom encouraged her to write daily. After nearly twenty years of pent up words only floating in her own head she began to allow the words to spill out onto empty pages and find way to readers needing encouraging words.
Through her own publishing process and having connected with so many amazing writers and poets from around the world Raja was moved to create a community for writers; now known as “Creative Talents Unleashed.”
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