You want to become a bestselling author. Is it just a pipe dream? Today, it needn’t be, if you’re prepared to learn your trade, write, and self publish. Almost anything is possible for authors today, if you’re prepared to WORK for it.
Read Michael Price’s How Barbara Freethy Became the Bestselling Amazon KDP Author of All-Time:
I knew I had the right look when sales took off. I was also able to release several books within one year, both backlist and new original work, which helped build my momentum. Once a reader found one book they liked, they had another one to buy.
Barbara Freethy is hard-working. People who succeed at anything are hard-working, so that’s nothing new.
Learn what’s possible, right now
I mentor writers, many of whom would love to be bestselling authors. However, they face challenges. Here’s their biggest challenge: a lack of belief in themselves. This self-doubt not only stops them publishing, it stops them writing.
Here’s the big advantage that an author like Barbara Freethy has over new authors. She’s traditionally published, so she knows how publishing works. She knows there’s no mystique in publishing. She knows that the books that leave a writer’s desk need editing. They need good covers. And they need promotion. Most importantly of all, Barbara knows the value of READERS.
From Price’s article:
How has the direct line of communication social media provides between you and your readers allowed you to grow as a writer?
This has been a huge advantage for me. I have more freedom in my content now because it’s just me and the reader! I know what my readers want in my books, and I can give it to them.
Barbara understands what’s possible.
New authors don’t. So how do you begin to realize what’s possible for you, and begin your journey from unknown author to bestseller?
Become a bestselling author, starting now
You write, and self publish. You learn the self publishing trade. Alternatively, you go the traditional publishing route, if you need validation. Many new authors do. They need help to believe what’s possible for them. There’s no disgrace in that.
Before the Kindle revolution, bestsellerdom was possible for very few authors. They needed luck. They needed to find not only a publisher, but also a literary agent who believed in them.
Their journey didn’t end when their book hit bookstores. It hadn’t even begun. Their book was on shelves for three months. Then it was remaindered. This was common for most authors.
Apropos of which, one of the funniest poems ever, for authors at least, is Clive James’ wicked ‘The Book of my Enemy Has Been Remaindered’.
And I am pleased.
In vast quantities it has been remaindered
Like a van-load of counterfeit that has been seized
And sits in piles in a police warehouse,
My enemy’s much-prized effort sits in piles
In the kind of bookshop where remaindering occurs…
I love the final stanza, which begins:
Soon now a book of mine could be remaindered also,
Though not to the monumental extent
In which the chastisement of remaindering has been meted out
To the book of my enemy,
Since in the case of my own book it will be due
To a miscalculated print run, a marketing error–
Nothing to do with merit.
If you choose to self publish, your books will never be remaindered. And if you go the traditional publishing route, once it’s remaindered, you can get your rights back and self publish.
So, what are you waiting for? Your journey to become a bestselling author starts now, with what you do NOW.
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