Finishing the manuscript is one step.
Doing the revisions leads to more.
And then, with luck or daring, there’s publication.
But you’re hardly done.
Maybe the hardest part’s still ahead.
The part they call marketing. It’s a major topic of conversation when authors get together.
One of the small but important changes I’ve made in my presentation in the past month is expanding the available links to my ebooks. I’d previously said “at Smashwords and other fine ebook retailers.” But then one of the retailers, the Apple Store, pointed out I wasn’t mentioning them as one of the options, and that got me looking at the others as well.
What it’s led to is something like this for me in general:
And something similar for each of the particular books, with the added sentence: “Or ask your public library to obtain them.”
After informing one of my Web-savvy younger associates, I was surprised that she really didn’t know anything about Smashwords.com. No, I was really surprised.
That got me thinking. My sense is that adding Apple, Barnes & Noble, and Sony as details boosts my credibility.
What do you think?