What new novelists (and seasoned ones too, I’ll bet) haven’t thought at least once how nice it would be to have their newest book become a bestseller right off the hop? I know I have.
I hope I get there eventually. And if it does happen, I know it won’t happen overnight. Success that happens “overnight” is the result of the media reporting it that way, except in very rare circumstances. No one wants to hear about the writer who toiled for twenty years before getting noticed. Overnight successes are much more exciting to read about.
I hope I achieve success with my books, but writing and publishing books, and selling them successfully takes a long commitment in time. I’m only a month into publishing my first book, so I can’t be disappointed that my sales numbers are low. I’m just getting started. However, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t feel disappointed occasionally. I’m not ruled by it. I know it’s part of the process.
So onward I go, writing the second novel, and promoting the first.
Oh, by the way, for all you eBook owners out there, I’m going to do a promotion for Tied in the next week or so. More details to come soon.
For a different view on this topic, I invite you to read Mark Fine’s blog post over at Book Marketing Tools.
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