12-24-2011 06:24 AM
I have read a lot about how writers are worried that their books wont get noticed once published o Lulu.
I thought it might help to point out that as a publisher its down to yourselves to do most of the promotion work. Nobody can buy something they know nothing about so blow your own trumpet loud and clear and make sure everyone that needs to know has heard about your books.
I wrote the first of my three novels in 2004 aboaut the life on the road of lady truck driver and went through the laborious self publishing and self promotion route to get them into print and get them into the bookstores. LOTS of hard work!
I must admit that all my hard work paid off and sales went surprisingly well - although I made very little - if any - money out of it all.
I recently discovered Lulu (after ignoring advice from others for years - silly me) and have now re-published a second edition of all three of my novels and have been delighted with how easy it was - and it did not cost a penny to do this! Impressive.
I have read a lot about book promotions and how to get books noticed but as usual I will simply tell the bookshops and Neilsens about the second edition and if the bookshops want discount I will order the books for them using my own Lulu discount. Sounds easy enough.
Right now I am involved in the making of a TV documentary about lady truck drivers and - Deep Joy! - they are featuring my books so thank goodness Lulu will be able to handle the orders and postage for me. It could have well turned into a full time job if I had to do it all myself! So a big thank you to Lulu for being available to writers.
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01-26-2012 11:52 PM
Wendy, your post is very encouraging for those of us being published for the first time! Thanks for the positive note, we need it, because while we're writing the book, all the nay-sayers or as my age bracket calls them, the 'haters', say that we'll never get the book published. Then, after we crack their face and get published, they it won't sell. So keep the positive notes coming!