The first step of being a published author is to write a manuscript. It is also a step I considered to be the easiest. After you write the story/book, you need to get it edited and published. Finding editing services is surprisingly easy with the use of Internet. All you need is to google, but the problem is cost. Editing is not cheap and especially if you want a good editor.
With an edited manuscript, it is time to get yourself a publisher. Luckily this wasn't too bad nowaday with so many possible channels of self-publishing (if no publishers want your work like me). Well, I didn't really bother looking for a publisher because of my own low self esteem or high standard. I feel that my books are not up to the mark to be published. Yet why did I published them, because I am vain too. Some how having your name (pen-name) printed on a book sounds like a fun thing to do. So I got myself published with iUniverse (there is no Kindle Direct Publishing nor Smashwords.com then). It wasn't cheap to published with iUniverse.
Once your book is out in the market, the feelings is good, almost to the point like high from drinking (euphoria). But it soon wears off as you realise nobody is reading it. Why? Because nobody know that there is such a book. Unless you have a group of supportive friends that will buy the book just to support you. Sadly I don't have such good friends and so my very first book had zero sales for years. After that, I stopped writing. No because of the disappointment (though a bit) but because I really hate to write. It's a chore and I don't enjoy it at all. (I know, you will ask why then did I do it. For the reason that I am crazy, I did it to prove to myself that it wasn't that hard. You must also know that my english is very bad [C5 in O levels and A levels] and my teacher commented once that my composition is childish. So I must be crazy to even try.)
So what do you do, book marketing. Get your book seen is the big key to success. I tried, was hard for me. I don't like to sell myself, cause I wasn't good enough (hmmm, Low self esteem again?). Yet if I do't do it, no one will hear of my books, and I do want them to be read. Pride of an author, maybe? So I give out copies of my books in exchange for book reviews on amazon/goodreads/blog. Am I successful, I don't know. I managed to get in some reviews, at this moment about 10+ but still there is no increase in sales. Maybe you think my book reviews are bad thus no buyer. Nope, surprisingly its mainly 5 stars ratings (I am genuinely surprised as I am expecting 3 stars). So what else am I going to do about it, truthfully I don't know. Other than getting book reviews, setting up a blog/website like this I really don't what I can do. I googled and read up but still cannot find a marketing strategy that I like. Well, I will just continue to write untill I managed to come up with a killer story bah.
Wish me luck.
Thank you for reading my rant, wish you have a better experience that I did (if you are an author too).
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