It’s not often that I will admit that I’m wrong. (Just ask my hubby) but today I am admitting it freely. I was wrong. (I’ll give you a moment to pick your jaws up off the floor.)
Back in November of last year, I posted this lovely post. In it, I had wondered aloud if this was the ‘end of the road’ for Pulled (which you can purchase for only .99 cents on Kindle here or $9.99 paperback here, or FREE here).
At that time, sales of my novel had stalled. The initial rush of friends and family who had been waiting to purchase my first novel had passed and now it was just the general public left to buy some book by a first time author they’d never heard of. Now I wasn’t assuming that as soon as I put my novel on Amazon things would explode, but I didn’t think sales would just stop all together, which is, essentially, what they did. On that dark day in November, I had a moment of weakness and blogged about it.
Fortunately for me, my dear friend Amy Miles, a fellow YA writer, told me not to give up. That most first time authors do just what I was about to do and stop pushing their book after the first 100 copies (or after everyone you know has bought a book from you), and then their book dies. I didn’t want that to happen with Pulled, and Amy’s sage advise kicked me in the arse.
And it hit me. No one was going to marked this book besides me. So my education in self promotion began. I started bloging more. I subscribed to Writer’s Digest (and awesome magazine if you write!) I started submitting my work into contests (Hello Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award!), contacting my local newspapers, doing book signings, handing out copies to my local libraries, placing an add on Goodreads and giving out over 5,500 free copes of my book just to get the word out.
I won’t lie, being you’re own marketing person is NOT easy, and I still have no idea what I’m doing, but at least I’m doing something. And you know what? It’s working. Sales aren’t off the charts, but they are no longer stagnant either. Every day since I started pushing my book I’ve sold at least one new copy a day, and that, for now, is enough for this first time writer.