Wouldn’t it be nice! If the road to fame and wealth a course in miracles book through writing, everyone would find the time. We all want to know how it is done but do you think that someone will give you all the secrets. Not very likely!
However, if you have read this far in this article, you are probably researching the subject. Before discussing my experience, let me tell you that there are in excess of 100,000 new books written in the US alone each year, according to an Internet search. Not all are printed as many books are available only online. The majority of books sell less than 100 copies. The chance of success, without action is very low. In other words the risk of not meeting reasonable sales is high.
There are things that you can do to increase the chance of success. Think about the book market. It is all about people. People buy books. I think it is as simple as that. The key to success is to help the book buying people to discover your book. Unless you are already famous or expert in your field, the book buying people will need to discover you. The truth is that the sales volume may have little to do with how good the book really is!
The marketing people are the ones that will make or break your dream. Someone in the system needs to tell the book buying people about your book. The more you are known the greater the amount of money that will be provided by the publishers and booksellers to promote a new book. For the first time writer, the funds for marketing will mostly come from the writer’s pocket.
It is not the end of the world. There are many things you can do to promote your book. The imagination is the limiting factor. People hear about books through book launches, guest speakers, writers markets, school visits, newspaper advertisements, market stalls and a host of other off-line and online ways. You might be fortunate and have a publisher purchase a book and come to you. It has happened before.
Giving away free books has also been a successful way of generating interest.
Nevertheless, do not be discouraged. If you love reading and you love writing, you will continue in the field. The opportunity to entertain or teach others through writing is the thought that spurs many writers to continue. There is nothing wrong in writing a good book and there is nothing wrong in making a million dollars from your work.