New Series: #3 How to Write and Why You May Want to Self-Publish: Tips and Insights
by Jeff Brown
Not one to pull punches there you have it. Lots of work. Lots of dedication. And if you’re a writer, then you’ve got the dedication and passion to see you through. Personally, I can’t go a day without writing. If I do I die. That’s a writer. If you’re not at that level, it’s going to be difficult if not impossible to make a career out of being one.
One last point of note. These days trying to get your book read is difficult. Unless it’s on the New York Times Best Sellers list, not much of a chance for getting on Oprah or seeing sales soar above 1000 copies. Remember, most never even go that high. But today people are over inundated with stuff: books, shows, events, sports, on and on and on. In order for you to stand out, Mr. or Mrs.Best Seller, you really have to put in some time and work. My suggestion? Patience, a realistic understanding of what it takes to get published and work, work, work. But don’t forget to get your checkbook out and put aside a couple dozen hours a day to work on sales and marketing. If you’re not into sales and marketing . . . well, at least your family and friends will have something to read.
So good luck and good writing. Drop a line if you have any questions or experiences you’d like to share with your fellow writers. Peace!
Here’s a snapshot of lulu dot com showing my book currently listed under “Staff Picks” (It’s the one in the middle, second row). Even though Lulu is my publisher, I sell most of my books from Amazon, a more recognizable name, and they have neat metrics, marketing tools and such. My book is currently ranked about 800,000 at Amazon. It has gone as high as 7000. If that doesn’t thrill you, consider that there are over 7.5 million unique titles on Amazon. Anyway, here’s my social proof to validate. Good luck with your writing.
Prior to owning Inner Projection, Jeff worked as a computer programmer and in tech. support, but hated it enough to move from his home in Connecticut to do stand up comedy in Boston where he worked with such comics as Bill Burr, Dan Cook, and Billy Martin and wrote for people like Mz. Michigan who needed material for her ventriloquism act. He then moved to Los Angeles to do more stand up, but found being a coach & college instructor more rewarding. He’s married with 3 children.