(post from 2013)
I am planning the release of my first book at the end of the month and I have a problem — I don’t have a burning desire to email everyone I’ve ever met, Tweet 24-7 about my “GREAT DEAL! ON AMAZON! CHEEP!”, or prime my fans to buy it on day one or else, I’ll insinuate, they’ll not really my fans at all. I’m not interested in any of those things. I’m happily sharing my most inspirational songs on FB and mentioning my book as I do it, but I realized this morning that ‘release day’ just doesn’t mean that much to me.
And then I starting thinking — how important are release dates for self-published books these days?
Now for movies, the first weekend of release is imperative. Even if a movie ‘has legs’ and keeps making money, a slow opening weekend has very real implications — the actor, the director, and a franchise may be judged against it for years to come.
And for TV shows it’s even worse — a slow start may lead to a fast finish. Your whole future is riding on a quick and intense public interest in your work.
Now we return to books. In traditional publishing if a book doesn’t get enthusiasm from the publisher’s sales team, the initial run may be reduced. If the book doesn’t sell right away, it may lose what little advertising it had, its shelf space, and even be headed for the dreaded ‘remainder bin’. And then, after only 12-18 months, your book might go out of print altogether and disappear off the face of the Earth.
But with a self published book, everything changes, Yes, selling more books in a short length of time can help you jump up in the Amazon rankings, but that’s about it. Your book’s not getting ‘remaindered’. It’s not going not of print. You and your book can be on Amazon till the end of time.
I’m planning on growing my fan base (I’m aiming for 100 followers to this blog by the end of the month!) and I’m going to keep writing and improving myself and I plan on my book ‘How To Come Alive: A Guidebook for Living the Life of Your Dreams’ to be the first in a series. So ‘opening day’ isn’t a big day for me. It’s like the first day you meet the love of your life — it’s special, but it’s only the beginning.
And you all, my great readers of the world, are the love of my life. And our adventure is only beginning — no countdown clock needed.