Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Word Of Mouth

Okay, I'll admit it. I get frustrated from time to time when I'm writing books. The reason for my frustration is simple. I put a lot of time and energy into my writing and, so far, it has not resulted in significant sales. When I say significant I mean this: I expect all my books to be selling at a rapid clip. Does this make me different from every other author? No, it does not. Like everyone else, I want my creations to be loved as I love them. I want potential readers to look at my Amazon reviews and say, "Wow! That looks like a good book. I think I'll buy it."
The sad truth is that most readers don't necessarily buy a book based on reviews. They purchase books recommended by friends and relatives. This is called word of mouth and it is the best form of advertising.
Generating word of mouth is easy if you are a best selling author. New novels by these authors initially sell on name value. Then, if the book is a good read, word of mouth kicks in and does the rest.
Independent authors do not have the luxury of watching their latest book move on to the New York Times bestseller list within a week or two of its publication. Instead we as independents must get the word out on our own through marketing and promotion.
Then, after we have worn out our welcome on the internet and book signings (more on that later), we can sit back and wait for our readers to do the rest. Of course if they don't like the book, then all bets are off and your destiny as a pauper is secure.
If they like what they read and begin to spread the word through texts, the internet, and, oh yes, the spoken word, then maybe, just maybe, for some of us writing will become profitable. Until then it will continue to be, as it always has been, a lot of fun.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Randy, I loved your post! I agree with you wholeheartedly. My millionaire ex-husband and I became rich from the word of mouth advertising about our plumbing business. After, we divorced, he was murdered because he was a millionaire. I wrote a true crime story about his murder, which was on national news and TV. He was poisoned to death with arsenic poison. I helped solve the crime and dedicated the book to the devoted sheriff who passed away before he saw any justice in the case. I spent thousands self-publishing my book, because it was that important to me. I sure don't expect to get rich off the sales. But, when someone does buy a book, it helps my ego tremendously. I was blessed in that my debut book is 2010 Book of the Year True Crime and 2011 National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist. I named it "Fighting the Devil" because that is exactly what we had to do. No one could have predicted the aftermath of the murder with its strange twists, unexpected results and unexplained phenonema. Thanks for listening. God bless! Jeannie Walker