It’s funny to me that I’ve been a legit “author” now for about a month. I have six books on Amazon and the reason I have so many out now is because I want to be successful. I read an article on how to be successful as an “e-author”. It made an impression because I read it about 6 years ago and I still remember a few of the points that author made.
- Always get your books edited. An unedited book, full of grammatical errors and misspelled words will turn people off your book.
- Make your story make sense. Nothing worse than reading a book and being confused. With so many ebooks, it’s easy to ditch a book and find another.
- Always have good book covers…first impressions and all. As with paperbacks, you need a cover that grabs the attention of the prospective reader. Same point as #3, it’s super easy for readers to move on to the next book.
- Have a very good friend who will be honest about your writing ability. I really think this is important. I printed out my books and sent them to a friend. Granted I didn’t get lots of feedback, but what I did hear from them was they enjoyed my stories.
- Put books out quickly at first-people who like your book may search for others. I’ve been here as a reader. I got a book and after I was done, I would search for others by the author or even to see if it was part of a series. Once I’m hooked, I’ll scour for other books by the author.
I had several books done and edited, with their covers purchased before I put my first book on. I put “Mine” on Amazon in August because I turned 50 that month and I wanted to be published before my birthday. I wanted to hit the big 5-0 knowing I had scratched one item off my bucket list. And I did. Since it’s part of a series, I put the rest out quickly because the first two books kind of ended in a cliffhanger. I didn’t know until after I was done with my books and had the covers in my Pictures file that most hate cliffhangers. That left me in a quandary. I spent hard earned money on covers, so ditching the covers to combine all the books seemed like a bad idea.
I stopped with the cliffhangers for my books but did end with epilogues that hopefully gives the reader an curiosity for the next book in the series. I really, really want to be successful. I really, really want a serious fan base. I picture myself as a success and sitting at Romanti-con talking with fans and hearing how much they like my little Universe.
So, I put out my sixth book and I truly feel it is one of my better stories because of the way my characters interact. They feel genuine to me, and I hope they do to the readers as well. I’ve already put my first book on promotion as “free”. I hope it helps people discover me as an author.