Ever look at the floor of the stock exchange?
That's mild compared to the number of Indie books trying to be noticed all at the same time!
391,000 Indie books published in 2012!
That's just Indie books. You are also trying to be noticed above the traditionally published books as well. (350,000 additional titles!)
You're probably talking about trying to be noticed in a sea of a million new books in 2014!
Most of us already make less than $500 a year, if we’re lucky,
and it’s not unrealistic to think that number will shrink as the chaff piles over the wheat this year
And no wonder we feel pressured to arm-twist in social media.
In a recent BBC interview, author Jonathan Franzen lamented,
“What I find particularly alarming, again, from the point of view I care about, American fiction,
is that it’s a coercive development.
Agents will now tell young writers:
‘I won’t even look at your manuscript if you don’t have followers on Twitter’.
I see people who ought to be spending their time developing their craft and people who used to be able to make their living as freelance writers.
I see them making nothing, and I see them feeling absolutely coerced into this constant self-promotion.”
Barbra Freethy recommends to limit marketing to no more than an hour a day and the rest spent on writing.
You have to prepare for the long haul.
You don’t have to sell all your books in a week or a month.
You’re going to be selling your books for years, so spend time making them really good, and the readership will grow!
Do the number of new books surging in every week daunt you?
How much time do you spend on social media every day?
How many Indie books do you read a month, if any?
Do you think there is any hope for struggling writers out there,
fighting the undertow of hundreds of thousands of new books?
Let me know.