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Marketing My Novel, Step 4


As part of marketing my first book, I need to start the next novel.

Statistics show that, on average, authors don’t start selling books until they have a minimum of four books on the market. I wonder what it is about human nature that makes readers decide to buy a new author’s work when there are four books out. Not two. Not three. Four is the magic number.

Seriously, I have to start my next novel now, as I am wrapping up my first one, even before it hits the presses.

I have considered cheating–writing a couple of short stories that fall in length between an in-depth magazine article and a novella–to try getting works in print on the market. I don’t know if it will piss off readers or tease them into waiting for the next full-length feature.

Already I have readied a short story called “Strange” (8,000 words) that will release at the same time as the novel. It is set in a fictional town in Pennsylvania. The short story can be packaged with the novel as a promotion, a special value, to tempt someone to buy my book because the reader will get two reads for the price of one. It’s a tactic I want to try. Will it work?

I don’t know. We’ll find out together, won’t we.

 

SAVE IT!


Yesterday we learned from Cindy McDonald how to make a book trailer for posting on YouTube. After posting Cindy’s informative piece, I detoured to Twitter to read tweets from other authors. I came upon a sad tale of woe from poet John Geddes:

John Geddes@JohnJGeddes19m

Deb mistakenly deleted A Familiar Rain book trailer from YouTube and sadly we didn’t have it saved…I can’t believe we didn’t save it

LESSON OF THE DAY: ALWAYS SAVE IT!