I needed to take a few minutes and write something non-school related. So it has been nearly a month since my first novel Running Northwest was published, sales have been slow for many reason. I knew as a first time author that it was going to be a battle upwards. As the weeks have worn on, I realized there are a few things I did not do enough homework on or at all. I was so focused on just getting the final product done, to get it to be and look the best I thought it could look with help from others that I neglected things. I was short on my marketing and still am. I did not create enough buzz around Running Northwest beyond my group of peers, blogs, twitter and Facebook I tried to go outside the lines on things but I did not do that enough. Who am I to someone who does not know me so why the hell should they read a novel, a pseudo romance novel written by a dude who isn’t famous.
I am not an established author; I am not an author yet that people are like “shit I gotta go get the new Michael Melville book” if those people even exist and I do not know that I will ever get to that point. With college, it is hard to devote as much time toward advertising and marketing as I would like. So as my winter semester ends and I’m taking a lighter load on summer classes I’m hoping to put more time into marketing and advertising my book. Like I said, sales have been slow but the few reviews I have gotten have been wonderful to read on my Amazon page and Facebook page.
The thing is, is that I’m still learning all of this, still learning my way through this there isn’t a road map that tells you what to do conclusively to get your massive novel read and people to notice it much less buy it. I am going through blog after blog and reading all kinds of varying advice and it’s just a lot to take in since I don’t know what’s right for my particular book. It is frustrating as hell. Word of mouth advertising is huge but people have to read it in order word of mouth it. I’m sure 3, 4 or 6 months from now things will be a different story so I’m trying to be patient as I can. However, I know there is a lot of work to do that I am still trying to learn to do. I totally appreciate the love and support from friends and family over the book so far them helping to drive up awareness.
I am going to run some sales in 8 days for the big 30-day anniversary of my book being published so maybe that will help…maybe. So keep an eye out if you do not have the books already.