(I'm assuming that by now you're all well versed in the way of the IWSG, but for anyone looking for more information, or a complete list of participants, click on the above link!)
This month's awesome co-hosts are: Julie Flanders, Shannon Lawrence, Fundy Blue, and Heather Gardner.
So, I'm totally stuck in the editing doldrums (from which I fear I shall never escape), and the depths of my insecurities are reaching fun new lows each and every day. Yay! Fortunately, amazing author Tara Tyler has agreed to take over My Pet Blog today to talk about some post-publication worries instead.
Take it away, Tara!
Getting published is hard. Once you get there, it's an awesome feeling. But then the real hardships and worries begin. When you've put your baby out there, you are judged, and reviews and sales are your jury. Even after five books, I still worry if anyone will like it and more importantly, like it enough to buy it.
So here are some bits of advice to help you get through the low times, when feedback is scarce and you're feeling insecure...
- Keep writing - readers love to read and you will find your niche of fans
- Keep writing - more books mean more sales
- Keep writing - the more you write, the better you get
- Keep writing - it keeps you from checking sales!
- and lastly, Go to book events - (bet you thought I was going to say... ha!)
- My best sales are at book events.
- Readers love to interact with authors.
- Other authors can give you more tips on how to be more successful.
- You are your best salesperson! (whether to an agent or to an audience)
I wish you luck in your writing journey. We're all in this together!
Thank you, MJ for hosting me today. It's so great to visit your Pet Blog! Still waiting on the next novel! And looking forward to hosting your next book release at my place.
Pop Travel, Book Three
Cooper and Geri are finally in a good place, but their bliss is short-lived when Cooper's rebellious nephew Jimmy moves in with them for a summer internship. He hits the town hard and thinks he's found the girl of his dreams in an fiery, exotic beauty. Against all words of warning, he pursues her and ends up getting kidnapped by her powerful Drug Lord father. Geri tracks him down, but gets herself kidnapped as well.
Now it's up to Cooper to use all his resources to save them, including the hot homicide detective Geri secretly despises, and the latest sketchy gadgets his genius friend Hasan offers him to field-test. Sure, why not? Cooper will do anything to get his family back.
Tara Tyler is a math teacher who writes to share her passion for reading with others. She loves dogs, coffee, and is the lazy housewife, living in a world of boys with three sons and a coach husband. Join her for an adventure!
and be entered for a PRIZE! Drawing and winners announced on December 15th.