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Getting Published Is Just The Beginning

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Good morning fellow writers/readers/Christians!

 

I apologize for my sudden hiatus. Life has been a whirlwind with work, travel, health, and marketing.

 

Quick side note, before I begin, If my prayer warriors could please pray for my mother and wife. both are having procedures done Monday and Tuesday. My mother is getting a blockage removed and my wife is having a massive cyst removed from her ovary (there is a potential for cancer, so this is the main focus of the prayer). I thank you all!

 

Now, I heard many times as I was going through the writing and editing process that finding a publisher is only the beginning. I'll be honest and say, I was naive in that counsel. I assumed the publisher would still handle the rest. NOPE!

 

A little over a month ago, I was honored in finding a publisher. They have been working on final edits and my book cover ever since. But I have discovered very quickly that if I want people to read my book come January, then I still need to market myself and my book. Not trying to toot my own horn, but I consider myself social media savvy (FB, Twitter). Though I have grown an extra 30 followers, I still find it difficult to gain an audience.

 

I have started a 12 week countdown to my book launch by publishing a raw novella of the same genre to perk interest. 12 chapters for 12 weeks. I am hoping to increase interest that way instead of blogging constantly.

 

I'd be interested in knowing how everyone else here has done in an attempt to gain followers/an audience! I look forward to reading your comments!

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Yay! Congratulations, Mike! So happy for you. Hope it does well.

 

Yeah, that old precept is a holdover. Publishers today expect the author to do most of the marketing. I'm curious why you thought you would need to blog constantly.. As long as it is consistent, that's the key. 

 

Praying for God's best for your wife and your mom. :)

 

 

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I agree with your approach, to get more readable material out there.  Readers want to know your style and vocabulary and creativity.  Parsing them out in little pieces will build their desire for the magnum opus.

Keep tooting your horn.  Someone will hear and be excited for the hunt.

Are your Mum and wife in the same city at least?  Are you chief nurse to both of them?  We shall pray for renewed health for all.  

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Thank you @lynnmosher. Life is a roller coaster, but God is still good..

 

I may have misspoke when I said blog constantly. I believe the statement was more out of frustration or an unliking of it. haha. Simply put, I do blog, but it is a difficult task gaining a readership of people who enjoy your blogs AND will enjoy your novel. So I am trying something new this go around.

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@Nicola  many thanks! That was my hope for all of this.

 

My mom lives in Virginia beach (2.5 hours away). So i will be driving in Sunday and then driving back after her surgery to be with my wife the rest of the week! The good news for the ladies (as long as both come out healthy) is they get to spend Thanksgiving with their feet up! :)

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Ahhh! Soooo true, Mike! It is difficult. If your idea works, come back and share it with us.

 

Wow! Thanksgiving with the feet up! Extra prayers for that. LOL :D

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You sound like you are maintaining the best possible attitude, humour.  God blesses a cheerful giver. :D  Your Thanksgiving will be extra blessed and thankful this year.  

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I wish your family the best and my prayers for their good health.

 

On the other front, do you do much public speaking?  Do you attend the relevant conventions and work as a panelist.  A last question is whether or not you've tried getting radio speaking slots- in other words, working the interview circuit.  All three of these seem to help in building an interest in both yourself and your book.  Just as a side note, I think it helps to sell your work if you first sell yourself.  

 

Best of luck.

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@suspensewriter so sorry it took me so long to respond. I have been told to try and get into speaking and similar opportunities. I would love to do this. The only preventions are trying to get booked as a first time author and I am unable to travel much since I still have a FT job and a young family. It is my hope to do more of all of this in the coming year. Thanks for the advice!

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How go the convalescents? How are you coping as the caregiver?  Will the turkey be frozen when it goes into the oven?  Please may we have an update?  

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Hey Mike, greetings from one across the pond to whom 'Thanksgiving' means little. :P Hope things are going well for you and your family.

 

Platform is a big issue for me. I use social media very little. I don't much like reading other people's blogs - why would I post my own blatherings? I do like your idea of posting a novella, though - or maybe short stories. I have a completed polished novel and I'm rather depressed about my chances with the modern push for a large platform, even for fiction work, before even approaching agents. It's encouraging to hear that you have got this far. What size was your platform when you first approached your publishers?

 

I think I might have to screw up my courage and start getting out there somehow - but finding what will work longterm for someone who tends towards social avoidance is difficult! I'm also interested to hear anyone's ideas for platform that are different to the usual. I've heard that the most important thing is an email list of potential readers, whether gathered from blog, website or whatever, but how your average Joe Public gets to the size of following that publishers are looking for is beyond me. I'm a writer, not a salesperson...

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3 hours ago, Arbie said:

Platform is a big issue for me. I use social media very little. I don't much like reading other people's blogs - why would I post my own blatherings?

I feel your pain, brother. I think most authors feel the same.

 Dan Balow has some advise on this blog today:  https://stevelaube.com/unnecessary-work/

 

If we like writing stories, and we want to attract readers to our stories, then Mike has hit upon a logical avenue where authors can find readers and visa versa.  I wanted my blog to be various postings of my story.  I have let up on that side because blatherings seemed to take over.  Right now I am using Wattpad to create a story 'in community'.  I welcome comments and I edit freely as ideas strike me.  The longer the story stays up, the greater the exposure.   

 

 

 

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@Arbie I think blogging can certainly be good or bad. I used to blog when I first started writing. It was christian inspirational and advice type stuff, which I still enjoy, but my novels are nothing like that. That difference and many the lack of time on my hands with a FT job and family have limited my writing to pure action and adventure, thriller. I think short stories are a great idea. If you can give potential readers a snippet of your writing style and genre, they may be more inclined to pay to read your books in the future.

 

To answer your question, I did not have much of a platform prior to this. In fact, I had ZERO platform. Thus, I am starting the climbing and clawing to create one. I do believe that social media is a great way to build a brand, but it is not a must to be successful! there are many authors that do self publishing and of the like that have no SM presence.

 

I hope this information helps!

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