Romance By Catherine: Write your next book!!!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Write your next book!!!

*On soap box*

I've been doing this awhile know, the writing thing. Been published for several years. With a back list of books and a pile of 'To Be Written' work stacking up, I'm asked all the time this one question.

"Catherine, how do you keep selling so many books? "

To which I reply... "I keep writing more books!"

I've said this over and over so many times yet some people simply don't listen.


I see many writers promoting and trying to 'sell' a book that was released three years ago. Or maybe even a year ago. I want to shake them up and tell them to spend their time writing another story instead of trying to 'sell' their old one. Even if you've taken your rights back and are self publishing your older still need to move forward with new stuff.

Your readers, the ones who pick up every book you write because they 'get you' or 'love your voice' or whatever...these readers are the ones who will talk about your latest novel. But they can't do that if you're stuck online 'selling' your old work.

I'm not saying you can't put a shout out every once in a while about your older books, but don't spend the bulk of your time and energy 'selling' older books.

And by the way...No one, and I mean NO ONE, likes to be 'sold' anything.

*Off soap box*

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Francene Carroll said...

Hi Catherine,
I completely agree. The more books you write, the more you will sell as you start to develop a reputation with readers. One or two books just ain't going to cut it!

Trying to sell one book isn't good for your mental health either I've found, as any criticism cuts straight to the bone. If you have another book in the pipeline you can shrug it off as experience and focus on making the next one better.

Catherine Bybee said...

So very true, Francene. Not everyone is going to love everything we write. It's best to give 'em more to pick from.

E.B. Black said...

It's all about balance.