Over the years, I’ve read many articles to do with the craft of writing, marketing, promotion and everything else that goes along with being a writer. Now and then, I come across information that is so profound that I get stuck thinking about the awesomeness of what I’ve read.
Confession time: I check my numbers on Amazon almost every day. It’s become another thing I do along with Facebook and Twitter. My numbers are more a steady trickle than a flood, but still I have a peek anyway. If you’re published traditionally, you can relate to not having a clue how many copies of books you’re selling at any given time.
I saw a tweet on Friday, which led me to a post by Dean Wesley Smith. If you write, you should check him out. He has lots to interesting things to say about the world of publishing and has been in that industry since the seventies.
So, I read his article, The New World of Publishing: The Seasons of Publishing. It’s the best thing I could have done for myself. It helped bring back my focus. His advice is not to check sales numbers on any venues more than once per month. Now, for an addict like me, that’s not as easy as is sounds. Not when I’ve made checking my numbers one of my daily rituals. Anyway, he believes writers should focus on—you guessed it—writing the next book. That’s the way to make a name and money, if that’s why you write.
My first search of his name on Amazon netted me over 100 results for Kindle books. I checked again, this time a general search, and found nearly 500 results. Not sure all of those are his 'cause I didn't check through everything. Now, that’s a huge body of work for one author, so he does make an undeniable point when he says a writer can make money writing. Incidentally, he believes that spending time/money on huge promos is a waste of time. Just write the next book and keep your fans reading.
For me, this revelation is also a slap on the wrist. From time to time, I mention just how many unedited novels I have sitting around. All I’ll say this time is that I’ve been writing a plan, so I’m moving on those.
That said, you might have seen mention of my YA novel last week. I have some doubts about one aspect of the novel, but I’m pressing forward at Jamaican Kid Lit. Come visit me there if you have a minute and tell me what you think about violence in YA novels.
Have a productive week and get moving on that other book, if you’re a writer. If you aren’t a writer, get started on that next useful project.