I’ve been thinking a lot about the plight of new authors trying to sell books. My novel Symbiosis is still being edited and I haven’t decided whether I’m going to aim for the publishers I’d most like to see on the spine of my book or whether I’m going to try to go it alone.
When I imagine the sheer numbers of titles available online places like Amazon, I wonder what is it that will bring a reader to mine? To depend on luck of the draw seems futile. So I’ve been writing short stories and working on getting them placed in the publications readers of my genre are likely to traffic.
One of the questions I have for authors who have already published is this:
Before your book was released did you write short stories and get them published in the genre magazines?
I know at least in fantasy and scifi, the fan community read magazines like Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, or Asimov’s or the few other upper tier publications. Authors with stories in those markets are getting seen by a large section of readers in that genre. If I can get my stories into markets like that, when I do have a book ready to sell, my name should at least be recognized by a few.
If you did not write short stories, did you do anything else to get your name out there so readers would have some name recognition?
I haven’t a clue how many is a good amount of page loads per day, still feeling around in the dark on that end of the game.
And last, do you have a blog and if so, what kind of traffic are you getting there and do your blog followers buy your books?
Agent, editor, publisher, or publicist, if you are reading these questions, I’d love your input.
And last again, how many copies of your books do you expect to sell in the first year they are released?
Okay. One more. This is really, honestly, the last question:
Do you have a business plan to make all this happen?