Writing getting published is only half the battle

Writing getting published is only half the battle
Writing getting published is only half the battle
The goal of getting published is such that many writers focus solely on it. Obviously, it is a critical step, but getting published does not represent the end of the game. Marketing your writing is just as critical if you want to get exposure and make a career of your writing. Write it and they will come to read it. This seems to be the view of most writers. Unfortunately, it isn’t true. Huge numbers of books are published each and every year. How are people going to find yours compared to any others on the shelves in bookstores or listed on huge sites like Amazon? Unless you actively work on getting publicity, they simply will not. What about your publisher? Your book is a product to the publisher. That means they will sell it anyway that the can. That being said, it is a rare situation where a publisher will put a huge push behind a writer’s first book. There is far too much risk that the book will not sell in large volumes. It is much safer to put a big push behind someone like Stephen King that already has a huge pool of loyal readers. Whether you like it or not, this means marketing your book is primarily up to you. You can look up all the different ways to go about it, but the purpose of this article is to alert you to the fact that it is not going to be done if you don’t do it. Can you do it? Absolutely. Let’s look at an example of a teenager that did it. Christopher Paolini wrote the fantasy book Eragon. He was 15 when he did it. His parents thought so highly of the book that they decided to self publish it. To generate publicity, Paolini did presentations at schools, bookstores and libraries. In 2003, kids were snapping up the book and one recommended it to an author who was signed with Random House. He passed it on to his editor and Paolini was eventually signed. He has written two subsequent chapters and Eragon was turned into a film. Not bad for a teenager, eh? There are many different ways to market a book. The issue isn’t so much how you do it as realizing that you need to get a move on and take the steps to do it. Only then can you be sure every effort is made to turn your masterpiece into a book that is actually read. Thomas Ajava writes for NomadJournals.com - makers of journals that can be used inside and out for keeping notes and diaries.
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