New Author’s Goals

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I wanted to talk about writing goals real quick.  I am a self-published indie author.  I do my own marketing, advertising, and promotion.  It’s so time consuming.  I found myself investing too much time into marketing, advertising, and promoting my newly published book, that I’ve neglected to work on my current novel.

I should be near done with book 2 by now.  But I’m only halfway there.  I’m not too far behind schedule, but it’s frustrating.  I want the first book (All In:  The Globe Trot Shuffle) to do well.  But at the same time, I need to work on my next novel.  I hate seeing my book not sell though.  So I’ll take breaks from writing to have my 1st book advertised or promoted.  Then I lose track of time, and put off the manuscript for book 2 until the next day.

I self-published on Amazon, and they will pretty much do nothing for you.  You can join Kindle Select, and have your book offered for free for Kindle Unlimited members.  And you get a promotion to use for a week every 90 days.  You can offer your book for free or offer it at a discount.  The most that Amazon will do is put your book at the bottom of the page of other books customers looked at, after looking at your book.  You will have to advertise your promotion by yourself.  So prepare to hit up Twitter, Facebook groups, and other social media sites you use.

So my goal, which should be a good goal for other brand spanking new authors, is to write.  Forget the promoting, advertising, and marketing for now.  I need to focus on getting more novels out there.  I believe customers don’t want to take a chance on a brand new Author’s only book.  If there are other books, it may be more comforting for them to try the book out.  If there are good reviews, they may be more encouraged.

I tried advertising, and promoting in the past when I first published.  I didn’t see great results.  The book stands for itself, it’s just that I’m an indie author with no body of work.  Why trust in my only book to spend your money on?  Also, if your book is a niche book, you need to target that audience.  Doing a giveaway or blasting book groups on social media that don’t read your genre will not bring you any sales.  You need to focus your advertising on your target market.  Think about what books you like to read.  What if someone said they will give you a free book, but its a genre you don’t like or are not familiar with?  You wouldn’t read it.

So I put the side projects on hold starting today April 3, 2016.  My New Author’s Goals are:

-Keep in mind why I’m doing this.  It’s not for the money.  Or recognition.  It’s for the writing.  I like to write, and I like to tell stories.  I like books.  I want to put novels out that others will love.  That should be my number 1 through 10 goals!

-write book 2, 3, and 4 in the series.  If you have a series, it will build an audience who will want all of the books in the series to see the progression of the characters you created

-advertise as minimally as possible as each novel is published.  I’m thinking about offering the book on discount, or even free for a day or two.  And lowering the price of my other novels at the same time as one book is on sale.  So people will want to buy my other works as well.  This is free promotion for other books that I’m selling, when I’m paying for only one book’s promotion.  Then I’ll raise the prices to their normal sale price after the promotion.  That should help the novels climb the book lists.

-Start sending the finished novels to reviewers.  Or find people who would like to review my genre locally.  You don’t want someone not interested in your genre giving your book a review.  They may hate your genre, and tear your book apart

-Put out a novel or two in different genres.  It opens up my work to people who like specific genres.  They may read something in the genre they like, and take a chance on the other novels I wrote in different genres.

-As a new novel is published and goes on sale, take the previous novel out of Kindle Select.  Then upload that eBook on iTunes, Nook, and other sites.  Amazon is the biggest market, and the most profitable for authors, but it’s not the only one.  You can leave your new book in Select so Kindle Unlimited members can get that book for free.  But they’ll have to pay for your other books.  You can lower the price of it.  And then be able to have your work available on other sites

-Stop worrying about success.  I’m not a proven author, and I am not holding the best book ever published.  I have to get my body of work out.  Then grow my audience.  Then I can branch out, and work on success.  If you worry about your brand new, only novel you ever made, you will go mad.  Nobody is successful their first day or week out.  Maybe even their first book out.  It may take a few novels before you gain an audience.  Especially when you self published.

-Check out traditional publishers later on.  After I have a few novels out.  I don’t think it’ll make my book better, but they will have the tools to market the book.  I’m not talking about paying for a publishing package.  Those are ok, but it’s not much different from self publishing.  You get to save a lot of money by self publishing versus paying for a publishing package.  A traditional publisher will give you an advance, and work on getting your book out there.  You still have to pay for the advertising and marketing, but they have the business model and audience to make it worthwhile.

 

So those are a few of my goals.  I had to realize that I’m not going to be successful or rich from one eBook.  I have to work at it.  I have to realize what’s more important.  The writing is why I’m in this business.  I want others to like my stories, and provide universes for people to get lost in.  That’s my goal in the end

 

Copyright 2016. PRP3 The Author Media

5 thoughts on “New Author’s Goals

  1. Marushka – Tampa – I have a Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies -Literature and Writing- from Western New Mexico University. When I find an on-line PhD course, I will let you know. If you know of one with minimal or no residency, let me know. Literature and writing are my passions. I am a freelance writer and correspondent for Harmonic Factory. I am passionate about my family, friends and animals. I am also passionate about politics and religion but rarely share my opinions on those subjects. Thank you for stopping by and reading some of my work. Leave me a comment if you want to. I’d be honored to get feedback and get to know you. Fondly, Marushka
    marushkasplace says:

    Congratulations on publishing your book. What is the title, I’d buy it. I wrote a children’s book and someday I hope to publish it. Good luck!

    1. prp3theauthor – Crystal Coast, North Carolina – I was born in California, but lived in Japan and North Carolina as well. My Dad was a career Marine, and married my Mom where he met her; in the Philippines. I have two sisters, and I am an uncle. I graduated high school in California, and went straight into the Marines. College didn't appeal to me at all. Neither did living in the middle of the desert in California. Nothing could convince me to stay, or go to college. My mind was set to get out of there, and to see the world. I was in from 2000 to 2004. I'm also an Iraq War Veteran. Specifically the Invasion of Iraq in 2003 with the 1st Marine Division. After the Marines, I went to college. I received my AA from Coastal Carolina Community College, and my BA from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. I met my wife while I was a student intern with the US Department of State. If you know any college sophomores, please tell them to check out the State Department website. They have a ton of internship opportunities in the US, and abroad. Anywho, I was assigned to the US Embassy in Manila, Philippines when we met. My future wife worked in my building. Or I worked in hers since I was just an intern. She stayed in Manila while I got a job in Iraq. Without going too far into it in my about me description, I got a job with a company in Northern Virginia. They sent me to Fort Benning, Georgia for civilians working in a dangerous area (CRC). And then to Germany. I got to travel to Switzerland, and Italy as well. Then it was Iraq from 2007 until 2009. I wanted to spend more time with my family, so I transferred from Iraq to Masirah, Island in Oman. I was able to bring my family with me there to a Royal Air Force of Oman air base that had an American contractor for the US military presence. We stayed there from 2009 until 2011. Then I took a transfer to US Air Force base right outside of Doha, Qatar. That was a whole different kind of experience. We lived in Doha while I drove to the base for work. We were there from 2011 until 2014. In 2014, I brought the fam here to North Carolina. I've been to dozens of countries, but I've never been to anywhere quite like the Crystal Coast, the Outer Banks of NC. Take a visit out here in the summer, and you'll see why. And that's pretty much all there is about me. I have a day job but I create content whenever or wherever I can. My proudest content creation are my books, as I have nine and more on the way. I'm getting into the vlogging game now, and I'm enjoying that just as much as being an Author. I'm even getting my family involved. My wife and I have four children, and we like to document our adventures. We go fishing, cast netting, crabbing, and hiking. We hike around the coast, and visit the barrier islands off of the Crystal Coast. We also like to take road trips when the kids aren't in class. We've driven to D.C., Orlando, and as far away as St. Louis. When the kids are in class, we spend our free time at their dance and sports practices, games, and recitals. After the high paced jet setting lifestyle I had, I love putting down roots with the fam. I'm pretty laid back, and enjoy spending time with family, and friends. I love watching football. I play fantasy football, and even have been to see the Carolina Panther's play. I'm actually a fan of the Los Angeles Chargers, but since I live in NC, I go for the closest stadium. That's about it I guess. I like to write. I have stories I want to tell. My plan is to add positivity to the world, and I'm excited to be able to do so.
      prp3theauthor says:

      Thanks! I appreciate you taking the time out to read the blog. At the end of the day, I still can’t believe I wrote something like a novel. I’m just happy with the accomplishment. I would check out other children’s books online, to see who the publishers are. And maybe contact them.

      You could self publish, and spread your children’s book out through your social media accounts, and network. I think people are always looking for a good children’s story. Especially schools.

      My book is called All In: The Globe Trot Shuffle. The eBook is free for Kindle Unlimited members on Amazon. Or $2.99 for everyone else who isn’t part of Kindle Unlimited. It’s an action adventure thriller. A group of US Marines make a discovery during the Iraq War in 2003. And carry out a plan after they get out of the military to make good on the discovery. It spans years, and several countries.

      It’s a niche genre, not many people are that specifically into military books. But if you think you’d like it, then I appreciate you considering reading it at some point. I’m working on book 2 of the series now. It takes place a year after the first book ends, and doesn’t have a military theme because of their new setting

      1. Marushka – Tampa – I have a Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies -Literature and Writing- from Western New Mexico University. When I find an on-line PhD course, I will let you know. If you know of one with minimal or no residency, let me know. Literature and writing are my passions. I am a freelance writer and correspondent for Harmonic Factory. I am passionate about my family, friends and animals. I am also passionate about politics and religion but rarely share my opinions on those subjects. Thank you for stopping by and reading some of my work. Leave me a comment if you want to. I’d be honored to get feedback and get to know you. Fondly, Marushka
        marushkasplace says:

        Ordering it now. All writers should try to support each other when they can.

  2. prp3theauthor – Crystal Coast, North Carolina – I was born in California, but lived in Japan and North Carolina as well. My Dad was a career Marine, and married my Mom where he met her; in the Philippines. I have two sisters, and I am an uncle. I graduated high school in California, and went straight into the Marines. College didn't appeal to me at all. Neither did living in the middle of the desert in California. Nothing could convince me to stay, or go to college. My mind was set to get out of there, and to see the world. I was in from 2000 to 2004. I'm also an Iraq War Veteran. Specifically the Invasion of Iraq in 2003 with the 1st Marine Division. After the Marines, I went to college. I received my AA from Coastal Carolina Community College, and my BA from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. I met my wife while I was a student intern with the US Department of State. If you know any college sophomores, please tell them to check out the State Department website. They have a ton of internship opportunities in the US, and abroad. Anywho, I was assigned to the US Embassy in Manila, Philippines when we met. My future wife worked in my building. Or I worked in hers since I was just an intern. She stayed in Manila while I got a job in Iraq. Without going too far into it in my about me description, I got a job with a company in Northern Virginia. They sent me to Fort Benning, Georgia for civilians working in a dangerous area (CRC). And then to Germany. I got to travel to Switzerland, and Italy as well. Then it was Iraq from 2007 until 2009. I wanted to spend more time with my family, so I transferred from Iraq to Masirah, Island in Oman. I was able to bring my family with me there to a Royal Air Force of Oman air base that had an American contractor for the US military presence. We stayed there from 2009 until 2011. Then I took a transfer to US Air Force base right outside of Doha, Qatar. That was a whole different kind of experience. We lived in Doha while I drove to the base for work. We were there from 2011 until 2014. In 2014, I brought the fam here to North Carolina. I've been to dozens of countries, but I've never been to anywhere quite like the Crystal Coast, the Outer Banks of NC. Take a visit out here in the summer, and you'll see why. And that's pretty much all there is about me. I have a day job but I create content whenever or wherever I can. My proudest content creation are my books, as I have nine and more on the way. I'm getting into the vlogging game now, and I'm enjoying that just as much as being an Author. I'm even getting my family involved. My wife and I have four children, and we like to document our adventures. We go fishing, cast netting, crabbing, and hiking. We hike around the coast, and visit the barrier islands off of the Crystal Coast. We also like to take road trips when the kids aren't in class. We've driven to D.C., Orlando, and as far away as St. Louis. When the kids are in class, we spend our free time at their dance and sports practices, games, and recitals. After the high paced jet setting lifestyle I had, I love putting down roots with the fam. I'm pretty laid back, and enjoy spending time with family, and friends. I love watching football. I play fantasy football, and even have been to see the Carolina Panther's play. I'm actually a fan of the Los Angeles Chargers, but since I live in NC, I go for the closest stadium. That's about it I guess. I like to write. I have stories I want to tell. My plan is to add positivity to the world, and I'm excited to be able to do so.
    prp3theauthor says:

    Thanks I really appreciate it. That’s the same philosophy I have. I’ve been on Twitter and Facebook meeting other up and coming writers and helping them out as much as I can too. Whether its reading their work, tweeting them to my followers, retweeting their tweets, or liking their posts. I’ll follow your blog, and when you publish your children’s book, I’ll be the first one to support a fellow writer

  3. Marushka – Tampa – I have a Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies -Literature and Writing- from Western New Mexico University. When I find an on-line PhD course, I will let you know. If you know of one with minimal or no residency, let me know. Literature and writing are my passions. I am a freelance writer and correspondent for Harmonic Factory. I am passionate about my family, friends and animals. I am also passionate about politics and religion but rarely share my opinions on those subjects. Thank you for stopping by and reading some of my work. Leave me a comment if you want to. I’d be honored to get feedback and get to know you. Fondly, Marushka
    marushkasplace says:

    Thank you, you are very kind.

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