DR. MEL'S MESSAGE - From my novels to my other projects, no telling what you will read. This is the only place you will get to read about how I developed a screenplay into a novel and what is the driving force. I will talk about many things from films to books to acting to producing. It really will depend on where my mind takes me. I hope you will join me on this journey.
I woke up this morning bright and early ready to go to work; that is, in my home office. I've grown rather fond of working from home. I remember the grind of getting up at 5:00 a.m. to get ready and get my children off to school so that I could at my desk by 6:45 a.am. I did that for more than twenty years. What was I thinking? It is true, that if you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life; and frankly, I love authoring books, writing my blog, editing other author's work, and marketing books. Yes, I said that dirty work that most authors hate to do -- MARKET.
Truth be told, if an author doesn't market their book, or have somone else market it, you are most likely to only sell a couple of hundred books. Just last night, one of the fantastic authors I am working with to help her publish her book asked, "How many books do you think I will sell?"
"Wait a minute." I took a deep breath and paused before I answered her. "I will have to be honest with you. It depends on the reader's interest, if they like your topic and genre, how well the book is written, the cover, and how much exposure the book gets." That was a mouthful with a long conversation that needed to be followed. That is why I decided to write this Author Tip today.
It is not longer good enough to author a fantastic book, self-publish it, which by the way I don't recommend, and sit back and hope you generate sales. That method simply doesn't work. Why? Today's book market is drenched with millions of millions of books and if a reader doesn't know about your book, they can't buy it. How do you get them to learn about your book? The critical key is to market, market, and market it. Oh, did I say you must market your book? Afraid so.
I know what you're thinking, "I'm an author and I don't want to be bogged down with marketing. I want to write my next book." I get it. I love the craft of authoring a book. It is exhilerating. The only thing that can match that is seeing your book launch as the #1 New Release on Amazon; and that doesn't come easy. It takes work, effort, time, and a formula. It was only after I published several of my books that I finally figured out the formula to marketing so that I could launch my books as the #1 New Release on Amazon and I share that strategy in my new book HOW TO LAUNCH AND MARKET A BOOK: THE SIX MONTH COUNTDOWN. This book is only $4.99 in paperback and just yesterday it became avaiable as an audiobook narrated by Timothy Burke. My tip for you today is to purchase this book in any format your desire, and follow the methods if you want to launch book as the #1 New Release on Amazon or if your current book isn't selling and you want to boost your sales. It is filled with step-by-step actions and comes with six checklists to keep you targeted and on track with your marketing. Also, if all else fails, and you really don't want to market your book on your own, your in luck. I have a service for $450 and I will market your book using the strategies in my book. Take a look inside the book below.