If you are a new author, there is plenty of advice available on: how to get published, how to ePublish, how to write letters to agents…the most overlooked piece is the number one problem for new authors…”how to hang on.”
So you’ve written your first book (ebook, hardcover, paperback…a book is a book) and now you have published, by whatever means available to you. Your book is out there and you’ve sold 1 copy…2 copies…10 copies…and then nothing. What happened? What is the next step? You think hard…you tweet it. Surely your “followers” will want your book. You blog it. You put it on your facebook page…and still nothing.
Take a breath. Look at your strategy. Who is your target audience? Do they even know you wrote a book? Have you reached out to them? If it didn’t work, what has to change? If you believe in your work, do NOT let go of your dream. Letting go is the easiest way out of the market and it is the quickest way to insure that you will have a hard time breaking back into the market.
Look at your strategy, something might have to change there, but throwing in the towel will not help you be a successful author. Do not sabotage your potential success. It is difficult to “hang on.” You are out there, exposed, people can see the numbers, they know…and so what. Every author started with one sale…and a hunger for more. Rome was not built in a day and neither is your audience. One person, one sale, one spark will light the flame. Be patient, not complacent, make changes when necessary, most importantly – don’t give up…hang on…it will be worth it.