This week was going to be a post about Nano prep, but, well…
This week there were many good blog posts by other authors I followed. Part of the fun is to read the comments. And some of the comments had me rolling my eyes to the point it could have been physically damaging. What were the comments?
Authors crying, “I’m a brand-new unknown author, and no one knows my name. I HAVE to charge less than everyone else to even have a chance!”
This idea is your own insecurities coming out and has nothing to do with readers.
How can I say that?
Uh, do you know how many published authors there are out there?
Because I’m a big reader who has read consistently for decades, and I don’t know most of the author names out there. Not even close. Not even a small percentage.
You might be an author who has been on genre best-seller lists for decades, and when I find you, you will be a new unknown author to me. You might be an author with only a few items out there, and you will be a brand-new unknown author to me. You might be an author with only ONE item out there, and you will be a brand-new unknown author to me.
Get the picture?
Most readers don’t know even a small fraction of the author names out there. What do they care about when browsing for a new book to read?
Write a good book and they will buy it. If they like it, they will come back and buy others.
This is another reason why having more than one book on your virtual bookshelf is so important. Once a reader finds you, you want to supply them with as much reading material as possible before they exhaust your supply and have to go looking for another (probably new-to-them) author. The time spent reading your work will imprint your author name in their minds as someone to watch and come back to for further reading material.
1 book = minimal time to make an impression.
3-5 books = a much greater chance of making an impression.
More than 5 books = a great chance of making an impression!
Write a good book. Present it well. Put on a good cover, write a good blurb that grabs attention. Get it out there. Price it reasonably.
Notice I didn’t say price it CHEAPLY.
Use cheaper pricing as a sales tool, such as a loss-leader into a series (after you already have other books in the series published) or a special promotion or sale, not as a way to salve your insecurities. Use lower prices for a reason, a logically well-thought out reason.
Get control of your insecurities and don’t let them dictate business decisions.
Now go. Be an author, use your head and not your ‘feelings.’ Publish your work. You are a business. Make rational good business decisions.
She wasn’t supposed to wake up when dead…
During what should have been a simple operation, Tish Douglas died. And yet, she also awoke… in what the doctors called a ‘psi event.’
Despite having no memory of the incident, it means she’s required to go on a life-time course of debilitating drugs designed to reign in her supposedly new psi gifts. She’s left with the option of existing on Earth in a drug-haze, or leave the planet.
When an opportunity for a good paying job on a space station known as Redpoint One is offered, she jumps at the chance. Even though she doesn’t have any experience as a ‘maintenance engineer.’ Even though the station sits in the middle of nowhere, a still-operating construct of a long-gone alien species.
Between pirate attacks, intelligent repair robots, and maintenance emergencies, Tish must find a place for herself.
All complicated by a growing attraction to the one person on the station she can’t have: boss Arthur Getty.
A stand-alone 48400 word, 193 page (approximate), science fiction romance novel by J.A.Marlow.