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robethpublishin...

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Hang in there!!!
Posted: Jul 10, 2012 6:51 AM
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This is to those of you out there who really love writing - the ones who are passionate and are willing to work.

Don’t give up.

I also suggest, don’t expect to make it big with just one or two titles. Chances are, you won’t make your dream of supporting yourself with just a couple of books under your belt. It will probably happen after you’ve consistently published a number of quality books.

Sure, there are a few here who are selling 100+ a day of one or two titles. To those authors, I give high praise. You guys and gals are my heroes.

It is also possible to make it full time with a body of work. I know I am lucky, because it happened relatively quick for me – well kind of. I’ve been writing for over 40 years, so it isn’t like I just started. BUT, I just started serious publishing at Amazon less than ten months ago.

Had I stopped after publishing my first few books, my monthly numbers would be in the single digits.

Good luck, and hang in there. For those of you who are only here because you think this is a get rich quick online scheme – it probably won’t work that great for you.

Bobbi

saxon21

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Re: Hang in there!!!
Posted: Jul 10, 2012 7:23 AM   in response to: robethpublishin... in response to: robethpublishin...
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The great thing about publishing is that one never knows when one book will hit it big. If it does, it will pull all the other works along with it. The best advice I can offer is to know your target audience and the most important promotion is another book.
wildphoenixwest

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Re: Hang in there!!!
Posted: Jul 10, 2012 7:31 AM   in response to: robethpublishin... in response to: robethpublishin...
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Thanks Bobbi,

A little while ago (well, just over a year ago now I guess) I had thought of just putting my stories up on facebook, because I couldn't think of a place where they'd have a home, and I just wanted to know they were out there, somewhere. But I guess that would have really annoyed people, so I didn't do it. And that was about when I heard about Amazon's publishing and Hockness and so forth.

I didn't come here expecting to make money (and that's good, cause goddess knows I haven't made any) I just thought it would be great to know they were out there, and I could find out whether someone had downloaded it or not. Maybe that's an ego thing, maybe not, I don't know.

I'm not standing in some amazing world of fame or fortune, but I look at the numbers I have, and I think to myself that somewhere out in the wide wide world someone I never met face-to-face is reading a story that I wrote. And that's enough for me. That's pretty much all I need to keep putting them out there. Maybe someone will tell me what they thought of it one day, and that will keep me going all the more, but for now, just the thought of them maybe turning those pages is pretty good.

Thanks for the note of encouragement, and I hope things are going upwards and upwards for you.

Patrick
diamondlifestyle

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Re: Hang in there!!!
Posted: Jul 10, 2012 7:32 AM   in response to: robethpublishin... in response to: robethpublishin...
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Can I be your cheerleader?

To all the newbies out there, everything Bobbi and Saxon says is true. Just keep writing, just keep writing...
marylisabob

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Re: Hang in there!!!
Posted: Jul 10, 2012 7:46 AM   in response to: robethpublishin... in response to: robethpublishin...
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Bobbi,

Thanks so much for this thread. I really needed it today.
leoniaauthor

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Posted: Jul 10, 2012 8:05 AM   in response to: marylisabob in response to: marylisabob
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Sometimes we all need a little reminder of the necessity of sticking with something. When the weather is warm and there are so many interesting things to do in life, it's hard to stay at the computer - but when the next book is done, there's no thing quite like clicking the publish button - in and of itself, it make sticking with it rewarding. I hope everyone hangs in there!
martitalbott

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Posted: Jul 10, 2012 8:14 AM   in response to: robethpublishin... in response to: robethpublishin...
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Very, very few authors become an overnight sensation. I've worked for 2 and 1/2 years to get where I am today. I'm not at the top yet, but there is always hope.

The only sure way to lose, is to quit.
docawes

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Posted: Jul 10, 2012 8:22 AM   in response to: robethpublishin... in response to: robethpublishin...
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Kudos!

This forum is good about giving positive encouragement about writing. Also about giving realistic criticism about one's writing. After years of rejection letters without any positive feedback, I decided to write for my own enjoyment, glad I didn't take the rejections to heart, it took seven years to get something published! Now that I have found KDP I have a renewed sense of excitement towards publishing and writing in general.

I've got some really good advice here and let me say; "Thanks to everyone!"

Doc
writeranne

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Posted: Jul 10, 2012 9:26 AM   in response to: robethpublishin... in response to: robethpublishin...
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Bobbi,

Great post and so true! I just have one question for you. I know you do both non-fiction and fiction works; which do you feel sell better for you?
robethpublishin...

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Posted: Jul 10, 2012 9:47 AM   in response to: writeranne in response to: writeranne
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Currently, my erotica pays the bills. As hubby says, sex sells.

Yet, sales are picking up for a few of my non-fiction - my craft book and [i]Havasu Palms, A Hostile Takeove[/i]r. Also, I seem to do more paperbacks with the second. The craft is not offered in paperback, because it would be too costly to produce in full color. Yet, my daughter is bugging me to put it out in affordable black and white print - so maybe.

I will be releasing a non-erotica, fiction - murder mystery/romance in the near future under the McIntyre pen name so hopefully that will give the McIntyre books a push.

Speaking of cookbooks - I am planning on pulling [i]Recipe Traditions[/i], and release an updated version, [i]Recipe Traditions, Next Generation[/i].

So many projects, so little time!

Bobbi :)
robethpublishin...

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Posted: Jul 10, 2012 9:58 AM   in response to: robethpublishin... in response to: robethpublishin...
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@Anne - when I wrote [i]Speaking of cookbooks[/i] - I was thinking of the other thread where you were writing about your cookbook. ;)

Bobbi
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Re: Hang in there!!!
Posted: Jul 10, 2012 11:36 AM   in response to: robethpublishin... in response to: robethpublishin...
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Basically no one sells 100 copies a day at a high price, you have to think.

Stephen King and that lady who wrote 50 Shades sell 100 copies a day at 9.99

yes, you should focus on your work.
robethpublishin...

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Posted: Jul 10, 2012 12:23 PM   in response to: screenwriterjohn in response to: screenwriterjohn
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Indies normally don't price fiction that high. Although, I have several priced at 9.99 and they sell much better at B&N, yet only about 3 a day. ;)

I'm perfectly happy to sell 100 a day at 2.99 - so I get the 70%.

Bobbi
writeranne

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Posted: Jul 10, 2012 1:33 PM   in response to: robethpublishin... in response to: robethpublishin...
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@Anne - when I wrote [i]Speaking of cookbooks[/i] - I
was thinking of the other thread where you were
writing about your cookbook. ;)

Bobbi


Awwww, it's nice to be thought of! ;)
jeanetteraleigh

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Re: Hang in there!!!
Posted: Jul 10, 2012 1:42 PM   in response to: robethpublishin... in response to: robethpublishin...
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Thank you SO much for this thread. It came at a really good time. I had such high hopes for my latest release. I thought maybe I overpriced it at $3.99. I also think it's worth that much, so I'm not willing to reduce.

I spent yesterday submitting it to bloggers, which is nerve wracking in itself. Hopefully that will help get the word out.
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