This year began with a rocky start. The world, as a whole, is questioning everything, including purchasing books. Sales are down across the board in all genres. Why? No one knows. We as authors mustn't let this get us down. We must continue forward with our works in progress, marketing our stories, meeting our readers.
We get caught up in the "what if I'm not good enough" syndrome and it snowballs. Sometimes it's difficult to not buy into that mentality, especially when your sales are down. And, another aspect, is when other authors are doing well and you aren't...another side to the not being good enough.
How do we fix it?
Remember, you are not on a hamster wheel...you are an individual, and you write because you have stories to tell, not because of any other reason. Yes, it would be nice if we could all get rich from our writing, but realistically, that rarely happens. We need to rejoice in our little victories and we need to congratulate our author sisters/brothers when they succeed instead of feeling slighted.
Personally, I believe for sales to happen, we authors need to be visible. We need to have an online presence, since that is where 3/4ths of the population do business, but we need to be out in public with our readers/potential readers, too.
I can't stress this enough...we need to put out quality products: error free and well formatted content, Our book covers should reveal an aspect of the story on the pages, not look like every other cover out there. Yes, naked-to-the-waist-6-pack-well-built men are hot...but not on every book cover. Please use some thought designing your cover. If interested, I can share with you cover artists who will assure that your covers are unique to what you write.
I can help with the content of your manuscript. I have editing openings for April and May and I would love to help you make your manuscript the best it can be. Please contact me and let's do this! I'd appreciate you sharing with your friends. As always, my intent is to help you produce your perfect book...one word at a time.