Friday, March 06, 2020

Writing: Now What?

Well, you've done it. You've finished your novel, typed "the end" (or, as I do, entered ###), and you're ready for the next step. After making the changes "suggested" by the editor, after several revisions, after a few sleepless nights and episodes of tearing out your hair, it's ready for publication. Now what?

Of course, there's always the "next novel," but let's assume that you're willing to put that project off for a week or two. Do you simply sit back and wait for the royalties to pour in? Not unless you've learned nothing about the publishing industry. The best advice I was given, when I got into this writing business, was this: "No one is as interested in promotion of your book as you are."

You may have fulfilled a contract with a traditional publisher, at which point there's a temptation to sit back and let the marketing and publicity folks take over. Or you may be independently publishing this one yourself. If you're in for former category, you'll soon find out that the advice I was given holds true, even in this situation--your publisher may help out (and the illustration is in fun--really), but it behooves you to line up or be sure of the guest blog appearances and book give-aways that will get your book noticed. I've always done it, and I'm glad. If you're indie-publishing this one, you soon find out (if you haven't already) that marketing is another of the hats that you wear. In other words, since there are over a million books published every year (both by traditional publishers and independents), it's up to you to get this one noticed.

I recently published my twentieth work of fiction--some via a publisher, some independently produced--but my efforts involving Critical Decision aren't through yet. I have at least five guest appearances scheduled that include giveaways--I'll try to let you know about all of them as they come up. (Today I'm at the suspense sisters blog, with a chance to win a copy of my novel). And, as with other books, if you win a copy but have already purchased one, I'll send you an Amazon gift card instead. Anyway, the fun's just beginning.

Meanwhile, I'm going to draw a deep breath. Best wishes for a good weekend, and if you read Critical Decision, I hope you enjoy it.


Priscilla Bettis said...

I popped over and read your interview at Suspense Sisters. It was good!

Richard Mabry said...

Thanks, Priscilla.