…a wee bit of practicing what I preach… SELF-PUBLISHING STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL SALES…

…emb’dy who’s been kind enuff to follow this ‘ere blog on a regular basis will know by this time I write the Jack Calder crime fiction books… however, yeez’ll also be aware of my continual rabbiting on about ‘building yer platform’ through the use of the SOSYAL NETWURKIN channels… I’m more than gratified by the constant downloading of the novels, but even more so when I see the purchases on my sales graph page of my wee guide, SELF-PUBLISHING STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL SALES… I pushed it out onto the Great God Amazon more than a year ago… NUTHIN pleases me more than watching my fellow quill-scrapers ’get it’ about how an author can properly and profitably use the few NETWURKS that I employ, namely Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ Tumblr, Pocket, and of course the Blog itself… and by the way, given that all authors, even those with a publishing house, are expected to carry the lion’s share of the promotional and marketing activities to their readership, it’s relevant for them, too… here’s the introduction to give yeez a taste of it:

 

SELF-PUBLISHING STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL SALES

Foreword

I started writing my first crime thriller novel in early 2009. I finished the first draft in a matter of a few months. Then, I thought, all I have to do is to send it off to a few Literary Agents in London. One of them would be sure to throw lots of money at me for the right to carry my masterpiece into the public readership market.

In fact I sent off forty Query Letters, submitting the novel for consideration. In the beautiful balance that is the writing universe, I received back precisely forty Rejection Slips. It took a while later for me to understand from fellow authors, that such rejection was the standard, the par for the course. Indeed, many famous names in the libraries had initially racked up several times that number of rebuffs for their work.

Around the same time someone suggested I put the thing onto Amazon Kindle. I looked blank and explained that I had never heard of Kindle. You see, then in my early sixties, the whole computer business and social networking fields were distant concepts to me. All my commercial life, my offices had been run by a succession of personal assistants who did ‘that stuff’ for me. I was faced with the option of forgetting the whole authorship idea or adapting rapidly to the realities of modern self-publishing.

The result has been astonishing. Sales and downloads of my books (currently three crime thrillers, with a fourth as Work In Progress) have surpassed 75,000 copies.

It has been a wonderful and gratifying trip. I will not pretend to be an expert on the social networks nor on the ePublishing business. I simply want to show what worked for me.

‘Self-Publishing Steps To Successful Sales’ is intended to share with others the various steps I took on that journey, and to encourage independent writers never ever to give up on their dreams.

Seumas Gallacher

Abu Dhabi

2014

 

…if yeez are interested, yeez’ll find the baby here :

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14 responses to “…a wee bit of practicing what I preach… SELF-PUBLISHING STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL SALES…

  1. You’re certainly both experienced and successful, Seumas. Any writer would do well to follow your advice. 🙂

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  2. Rosa Ave Fénix

    My Seumas I AM the real OLD JURASIC, of course I’ve heard about Kindle, Amazon… but, sorry, I’ve not discharged yet… or whatever is done that….perhaps on day of those. But you are a good colleague to encourage other writers to do the same you did. Unlukily I’m not a writer though I know hundreds of them when wanting their novels to be published they have been rejected, For those who want to be known… Don’t give up, follow Seumas’ advice!!!!!!.

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  3. There’s certainly a lot to learn about publishing. Your lively and tireless posts are invigorating and entertaining. 🙂

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  4. I’m glad you are so forthcoming on advice about this slippery slope of publishing. 🙂

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  5. Thank you Seamus, just downloaded your book on Successful Sales. I’m still struggling in that department. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  6. Great book. I definitely recommend it.

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  7. Should be required reading for new (and used) writers!

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