Hello World, you're beautiful.
Hi. I"m an author.
I mean, I wrote a book... have you written a book? It took me a long time.
like five years.
I'm not playing - that's how long it took! LOL!
The sequel is a breeze because now I know I can do it! Yay me! But here's a list of things I didn't know.... maybe it will help you aspiring authors to do a little preliminary work ;)
ahem...... *clearing throat (get ready for this)
** I didn't know that authors are not authors. Once you publish that baby you have now become the alpha and omega of the published work of which you created!!! And what I mean by that is, now you get to dive into the haystack and encourage all the little pieces of hay that might like your book to come look at it. The problem is that haystacks are big. And crowded with hay. And they are pokery. It's hard to breath in there and the pieces you want are spread out in all directions!!!
Now theres a worker that knows what you're looking for and he points to the hay, directing you to the slightly darker golden colors. But he won't help, that's your job. He just tells you what they look like and that they are in there - in that towering four story pile of a bazillion little pieces of hay. Wow, thanks man.
------------- so from my lovely metaphor you should devise that you...
* Need to establish an online presence (website, Facebook page)
* Should have at least five writing/promoting blogs or websites that you
follow regularly and connect with
* Become familiar with all avenues of bookselling - radio, newspaper,
newsletter, bookstores, libraries, city events - (local stuff!)
* Your publisher gives you an AVENUE to sell your book, but still
expects you to do a LOT of the selling
But don't worry! There is light ahead, and it will be a glorious sunrise - I mean, really, have you SEEN the sky after a storm??!! It is amazing, and you can make it through. Just do what you can do and continue in a good direction. Little by little you will get there. It's incredible the mountains you can climb by just taking one step at a time and refusing to give up. You will get to the summit :):)
------- But seriously, it will be so much easier if you do those things FIRST ;) LOL!
Just something to think about, and plan for. Good luck you incredible people!!
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