Sometimes being an independent author is a lonely road. Even with great communities out there (like the ones on Twitter and G+), authors can struggle with that feeling of hopelessness that sometimes strikes us after a rejection letter or when faced with the daunting task of editing or the baby screamed and demanded your attention refusing to let you write (just saying) or the many other obstacles that prevent authors from being successful.
But in truth the indie author isn’t alone. Here are three wonderful articles! One designed to help you sell your book. One to share in your lament of a rejection letter. One ring to rule them all….oh wait…..sorry. And one about getting over The PAGE.
WHY WON’T MY BOOK SELL?
How many indie authors out there have wanted to just pull their hair out because their book (which of course is awesome, if you just ask them) isn’t flying off the digital shelf (are there digital shelves? do shelves only exist in reality? is it a spoon thing?)?
Joanna Penn over at the Creative Penn offers a handy checklist to help you out. And let’s face it…we can all use a little help XD.
What I love about this list is it is pretty much like calling tech support for your computer except you don’t feel 100% stupid afterward (Is it plugged into the wall? Is it plugged into the computer? Is the power on? Are you a complete moron?). Of course that is probably because you can read this in your jammies and never really admit to how many of these things you do wrong.
One of her most sage pieces of advice has to deal with writing more books.
More books = a bigger shelf space = more sales.
I guess this means that digital shelves really do exist.
The Creative Penn explains:
“The more books you have available, the more virtual shelf space you have,
the easier it is for people to discover you. Plus if a reader finds one they like, they may buy them all so you make more per customer.”
Needless to say, you should check out here article by clicking here.
Oh the horrors of rejection letters! Buzz Malone on his blog gives the readers a funny and hopeful post about rejection letters. Did you know that Gone with the Wind was rejected thirty-eight (38) times before it was finally published?
38 FREAKING TIMES a publisher said “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn!”
I wonder if someone lost their job after it became a bestseller? Buzz Malone‘s blog post reminds us that even the Greats had to start out somewhere. Give it a read!
Those of you who are regular visitors to the page will recognize the name Leigh Evans. Leigh is fantasy writer who’s first book Trouble with Fate was released in December of 2012.
She has also appeared in issue #1 and issue #2 of Around the Web on this site. Though she is definitely not an indie author, her post rings true to all authors. She’s been dipping her toes deeper and deeper into the blogosphere and her post on The PAGE truly hits home with anyone who has tried to write anything of length or note.