Give yourself the respect as an author that your readers deserve. When you take the time to take yourself seriously and really want the best from your story, it will make all the difference in the quality and quantity of readership you will gain.
See if you are making any of these five worst mistakes first time authors can make…
“…novel is for readers 8 to 80 years old…”
“Women like it, but also men like to read what I’ve written”
“The story mostly is about the children characters, but my older friends enjoy it too.”
Talking about themselves, not the story
“I’m really fantastic at bringing an amazing story to life”
“Have you seen all the awards my novels have got?”
Not engaging with their audience
“My book is available”
Putting together their own cover / or getting their friend to do it
Your novel is not the brand, unless that is the only book you will ever sell.
You are the author, the product, the thing / voice that people will come back to again and again to listen to. Readers want to read the words you write, and hopefully continue reading any otherworks you will produce.
Separate yourself from the faceless authors out there who only have their latest book as their visual identity.
Share the processes you have to write the way you do, your thoughts, your way of packaging up novels to send to countless publishers over and over again.
DON’T be a faceless brand. Be you…
What makes you different to other authors?
What are the things people like to read in your books?
Just as the blurb for your story is vitally important, so is the story about you the author.
How intimately connected / excited about are you to your story that you can easily reel off the blurb of your latest novel in conversation?
I always find that if I connect with someone’s unique voice, then I’m more willing to read more novels by that person.
Do you write like you?
Does your voice show through in your writing?
What is it about you that your friends and or readers crave more of?
Is it your quirky, questioning voice? Is it your attention to detail? Has you cat taken over and become the centre of your writing universe?
“Being memorable trumps being visable any day of the week.” – James Tuckerman
Recently I have decided to put a little time aside to help some people get clear on their vision for selling their books.
If you’d like to get a bit more clear on getting yourself in front of the best audience, why not try out this quick quiz to see what you may be missing?
Or plug in for a quick brainstorming session with me… Hurry, limited places available.
Be the voice you were made to share with the world, and keep writing!