Let’s face facts – these days many people simply can’t be bothered to read a book, especially here in the UK, particularly if its an e-book!

oymgsr-1

There is an old saying – “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.” The same applies when it comes to asking people to read your books, especially here in the UK where e-books still take a back seat to their paperback and hard cover cousins.

The one thing you can never do is force someone to read your book. All you can hope for is to make them aware of its existence by using all of the social media sites as well as word of mouth and emails to advertise its existence. Why is that? Because the numbers currently waiting to be read is quite literally in the millions. So, don’t be too surprised if after all your hard work writing it, plus spending money having it edited and marketed, that apart from the few taken for free on promotions by the growing number of tightwads who begrudge paying money for a book, that any and all interest in it will dramatically fall, often within a single twenty-four hour day once the promotion is over.

Don’t be tempted to beg potential readers to read your book with ‘buy my book’ pleas, or for that matter to bombard every book site you can think of on a daily basis with your titles. Both practices only highlight how unprofessional you are!!! All it does is turn people off, especially on sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Unless your name is Neil Gaiman, J.K. Rowling, Dan Brown or Stephen King etc,etc, like todays painters we have to have another source of income while we’re alive. When a painter dies, normally their works increase in value. In our case, our publishers continue to make money. In both cases neither the former writer or painter benefits.

So do you still want to write? If your answer is yes, be prepared for a hell of a lot of hard work for little gain, let alone recognition.

One thing you must do is maintain a high profile on social media at all times. The other thing I would also advise you to do is to operate a blog like this one. Don’t just talk about all things writing as so many tend to do. Your potential reading public want to know about you, what makes you tick. Your likes and dislikes. But don’t bore them to death…

During your writing career you can expect a hell of a lot of criticism, not only by the reading public, but also by some of your fellow writers, who think they know far better than you how to write your story.Β  TAKE IT FROM ME – THEY DON’T! If you want my advice – grow a thick skin. Turn the other cheek and never stop writing.

πŸ˜‰

Advertisements

16 thoughts on “Let’s face facts – these days many people simply can’t be bothered to read a book, especially here in the UK, particularly if its an e-book!

  1. I think many people do not like to read e-books, because displays are already featuring so big in their lives, they are glad when they can read something printed.
    On the
    “During your writing career you can expect a hell of a lot of criticism, not only by the reading public, but also by some of your fellow writers, who think they know far better than you how to write your story. TAKE IT FROM ME – THEY DON’T!”
    part I really disagree with you.

    Sorry, but I like reading and when I see a book well written with some wit and a good plot I feel joy.

    On the other hand, when the writing is clumsy, the plot does not add up, the characters behave erratic just because the story demands it – but it’s not reasonable for this character, I have plenty of points for criticism.

    Imagination is only ONE of the skills needed by writers. To have a good grasp at logic, to be able to work the language, to have the patience to rewrite and the attention to details are as much needed. And while the content of the story, the theme of the story is not disputable and the sole decision of the author, the way this story is told is open to criticism.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. It always surprises me how so many indie authors seem to think that things are a lot easier now because they can (or ‘we’ can) just publish our own books ourseves.
    I’ve been a booksellers for more than 12 years, a writer for almost all my life and an author for a little less than a year, and honestly I think this is probably the worst time to be a writer.

    Do I still want to write? Hell, yes!
    Do I think I will ever live off my writing? Hell, no!

    But that’s ok. I write because I love it. Because it makes me feel better. And because I love it every time someone likes my stories.
    That’s enough for me. Thank goodness πŸ˜‰

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Pingback: Friday Roundup -23rd September | Stevie Turner, Indie Author.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s