“How will you know your book is a success?” a wise man asked. This question came shortly after publishing I Knew You by Name.” “Oh,” I said, “all I really care about is the worthiness of the project and that my writing be accepted by my friends and family!”
Isn’t that adorable?
In the last two months, I have been blessed with kudos from writers I couldn’t hope to emulate, lovely notes from strangers, reader reviews that made me cry. So, Yessirree, success!
But wait, there’s this ugly thing called a Neilson Book Scan, not to mention publisher’s sales reports and Amazon updating sales numbers hourly. What’s a writer to do? Enlarge my “Platform”! So, more and more, I tweet and post and blog. Sure enough, along come dozens of followers, but most are companies offering services promising to make my sales soar. All I have to do is provide my credit card number and my “charming” slim, literary memoir will sell like an apocalyptic, dystopic, sexually-ambiguous, zombie thriller.
Actually, some promotions are legit, such as posting on Goodreads and setting up a GR Giveaway. In fact, there’s a current giveaway to win a copy of I Knew You by Name–3 days left to register. I also participated in an Amazon giveaway in exchange for 1,000 new Twitter followers. Fine.
What is not fine, I lament, is being told NO from folks (who have not even read my book) who run major chain bookstores, contests, book fairs, etc, but who deny me entry because my book is self-published . Let that be a topic for another post. Self-Pub authors—please leave a comment if this has been your experience.
Today I just want to thank all who support this tweeting, clicking, posting, blogging beggar.
Honk if you see me wandering the streets, carrying a sign—–“Follow Me.”