I saw a blog post recently that was like a light bulb going off over my head.
It noted there are many websites about helping you market your book to get big sales numbers through a mailing list and Facebook groups you can join, etc., all talking about how much they’re selling – and asking for a nice big fee from you to show you how to do it – but very few of them ever mention anything about the quality of the stories!
Like you, I’ve looked into certain folks who are known for selling lots of books (and if you buy their course they’ll tell you how, too).
What about writing quality stories? It’s rarely mentioned there.
Then I said, “What about the sites that are devoted to writing?” They’re almost exclusively about craft – and they may never sell a book. Most are very helpful for getting the quality down, but not much help when it comes to selling.
Seems like those two should have more in common, doesn’t it?
Was there no place that would help a writer create the best story possible, and then help market that story so the world can enjoy your masterpiece? (There are a few sites that do both, but my point in bringing this to your attention is not to have you mention your favorite sites that you think help you, but to point out that this should be one!)
Well that’s what I’ve always tried to do here, and we are really hitting our stride with these contests and anthologies. Together we walk through the steps as a team, and the proof is in the number of successful contest winners who go on to publish their book.
We are on the cusp of really breaking out. I’m excited, and you should be, too.
I don’t have all the answers, and what worked for me five years ago isn’t what works today – or what will work five years from now. It’s an ever-changing market, but I am constantly networking with people about such things, and this site is really going to move forward.
Quality writing combined with quality marketing. I don’t know if it gets any better than that.