New Writers Do Your Homework
New writers, if you have the gift of writing, whether it’s fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or anything else, you probably want to see your work published. This is the advice of guest, inspirational writer/poet, Lucinda Hill.
New writers, if you want to see your work published then go for it, but don’t do it for the money. And don’t expect to be on the best sellers list right away. For me, publishing a book was not all about making money. I had something great that I wanted to share with others. If I could make a few bucks in the process, then that would just be the icing on the cake.
It’s a good thing I wasn’t out to make big bucks because just like anything else, you have to have money to make money. It’s not just about writing a book. It’s about marketing. And marketing comes with a price just like publishing does.
I would strongly suggest to new writers that you do your homework and research before you buy into any publishing package. LinkedIn has several groups dealing with authors; their experiences, their support, and their advice. Learn what is involved before you take that leap. Still take the leap, just know what you’re jumping into.
I, unfortunately, did not do my research. I compared publishing packages and thought that was enough. The publishing packages however do not tell you that if you don’t pay the big price which includes their marketing help, then you will be doing a lot of the work yourself.
In doing the marketing work, you have to be aware of a few things.
- You can’t rely on your friends and your family to help you market your book. Sure there are exceptions and yours may come through for you. But I wouldn’t go in to a publishing project expecting their help.
- You need to be willing to step out of your comfort zone. For me, sitting at the computer writing e-mails and making internet connections is easy. Doing radio interviews and speaking at a gathering not so much. I would always say, “I’m a writer, not a speaker.” Well guess what? You need to be a speaker. When selling at a book show, I would wait until someone showed some interest in my book. Then I would start talking to them. What I should have done was stand right up and ask, “Have you heard about my book?” I’m better at that now. I nervously stepped out of my comfort zone. When I did, I sold books.
- Get as much “free” publicity as you can. Facebook, LinkedIn, and Pinterest have been a big help to me. I’ve had my Facebook account for just over a year. I have 338 “friends” and I’d say about 300 of them are people I met through posting on pages and in groups. And remember if you want people to share your info with their friends and family, you need to do the same for them.
Thinking of publishing your work? Do it. But do it with knowledge and understanding of the business. Do your homework, make connections, and always remember where you were a year ago.
Check out Lucinda’s book, Coffee With Jesus