This is the second part of the sixty-seventh post in a series about writing a novel as I wrap up the series.
Last week, I began the wrap up of my novel-writing series that started in August of 2017. Everything from story ideas to first drafts and beyond were covered and included in part one of my wrap up. But writing and editing a novel is not the end. You have your completed work but now you need to publish it and then market it to potential readers.
This brings us to part two of our wrap up – publishing and marketing. As with writing a novel, I have covered a wide range of topics and there are sure to be areas I might have missed. If you see any, please list them in the comments, and I will cover them in a future post.
Whether you choose to go through a traditional publishing house or self-publish, there are many things you may need to consider – book title, pen name, cover design, book blurb, front/back matter and selling price. And then if you are self-publishing, you will need to format your book and upload it to the seller (Amazon) or a distribution company (Smashwords or Draft2Digital.)
Every decision you make when publishing can affect your success. As with writing your book, you need to not rush. You need to take time to prefect your book description and design your cover. These are all major selling points for your book. If the cover doesn’t appeal to readers, they won’t even get to the point of reading the book blurb. And if the book blurb doesn’t leave them wanting more, they won’t be clicking the buy button.
Here is a list of the publishing topics that I have covered.
#45 – Pricing your e-book
Your book is written, and you have clicked the button and published it. It is now out there for anyone to read. But you can’t expect readers to just stumble upon your book. You need to market to your target market though book promotions and blog tours. Even more you need to sell readers on your brand – that’s you.
Marketing is a never-ending process. So, it doesn’t stop as you write your next book or even the one after that. You need to explore new ways to get your name out to potential readers as you balance your time between writing and marketing.
Here is a list of the marketing topics that I have covered.
#50 – Marketing your E-book
And this concludes my 67-part series on writing a novel. I hope it helps. Keep writing. Nothing will improve your writing more or improve your credibility as an author.