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Patience with Self-Publishing

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1) Feed the Beast.
2) Feed him daily.
3) Feed him whenever you can.

The beast is in writing to self publish.

A very wise fellow once told me that the difference between those that work their “A” off and those that don’t are the lines that form around a person’s face from worrying about how they would make it financially each week.
How many times have we heard someone “out there” proclaim they can’t do something because they are broke? It certainly can’t be that they are broke from making a great income but simply because they refuse to manage their money as a tool.
Whether we make a lot of money from book sales or not, it is how you manage what you do take in as revenue that matters. We all should always remember that just because we might have had a great past month that it by no means will be a better month in the future for those profits.

It is one thing to be writing but add the marketing into it and BAM, you are in the retail business. A salesman or lady honing their craft looking for something new to try to do what? Sell More Books! Its a never ending cycle that will never ever let us slow down until one day, finally we find that we can’t do it anymore because of age or health reasons.
It is that hope that gives each one of us the drive to continue to push ourselves each day to be doing something “inside our business.” We do this from our past experiences from working for others. Most of us come from backgrounds where we worked for another person.

A ton of money can be made from writing. In Books, it is finding that successful formula that works. In Freelancing, its finding the right clients to be working for that pay the best on that market. You will find those that can never find that “Secret” to make money in writing. No matter what anyone does, time is a best friend by their side. Whether its writing Ebooks or writing for others, nothing will happen without time invested.
It would be nice if all we had to do was write, publish and repeat. Everything that we touch with keyboard and ink made us rich, famous or both. Anyone can do anything if they invest the time and commit themselves to the task. Very few have taken self-publishing and without due time made any decent money.

This is a marathon and not a sprint. It takes a few years to build any type of business into something successful. Those that jump onboard that think in six months the gold will be there will wake up to realize that they will need more time to progress. They will find out about ‘pain.” Those long nights invested in writing to publish yet another book. The pain of having to market their wares. Between time, pain and throwing in that “learning curve”, most self-publishing writers will be looking at least at a three year window. There is no sugar coating to this. Unless you give it your very best, your chances are going to diminish greatly. Until you invest those “Three Key Parts,” time, pain and the learning curve, it just never happens unless it was a lucky break.

You’re going to need more than sales off of one or two books to make a living with this in the future. The handwriting is on the wall by the sheer number of new books being published monthly. Many people out in the world STILL have no idea that they can write, buy, sell or even read books online yet. As those numbers constantly continue to grow, many will still need more time, increased pain and continuing the learning curve with whatever new changes that book markets like Amazon or the others incorporate.

New Books, many more new Authors entering the field and the tremendous challenges ahead will ensure that all, well most all of us will continue to strive towards that ultimate goal of producing a quality product that sells.

BM

How Thou can Count up those Sales?

Recently, I was doing some research for another possible new book in the future. Many Indie Authors are figuring out their own way and producing quite remarkable results indeed.

One Author does their marketing in this manner;
Uses 3 pen names.
Publish across all retailers.
Writes in BBW werewolf romance and psuedo-incest.
Writes new stories each month and uploads them to the platforms.
Writes in series, probably making the first one perma-free.
Prices those books according to length, from .99 – 9.99, books are in 3,000 to 150,00 word count.
Uses paid advertising.

You notice a system in the above? Sure you can see it. Multiple Author Pen Names with many Titles listed under each one makes more sales. Of course, the paid ads put those books in front of readers. The Author uses the book series formula, making the first book free to hook the readers into buying the rest of the series.

Another Author found his way with this;
Writes what they love to write about.
An Active Facebook Page, website and a mailing list.
Uses newsletters to find new readers such as BookBub, BookBlast, etc.
Writes in Series because that is where the most sales originate.
Released a new novel every two months to keep that boost going.
Priced books 2.99-3.99 range.

Here, I laid out examples of two successful Authors basically using the same formula. No need in making this post any longer. By the way, did you learn anything?

BM