Okay, so you now have written your book, it’s about to be published and your publisher has done all they can do for you on their end. They have connected you to the literary world, put you in a new genre of people, as you are now an author, they have given you all the tools they can to make your experience a great one! Friesen Press has done just that for me! https://friesenpress.com
They are an incredible publishing company, with 10 years of experience, to help new authors get their work out there! https://www.friesenpress.com/blog/2019/7/10/10-lessons-from-a-decade-in-self-publishing?fbclid=IwAR0uKRcL2zPM9re0aK5JuM0kPEnFliIghgkx_PmB9eY7BZ5U4JjsOXyQJTY
Now, it’s my turn! Time to do my part in promoting and marketing my book, my brand…myself! Having worked retail most of my life, I was lucky to have this foundation, this background in totally understanding how wholesale, distribution and making some money as well works! The old adage of you have to spend money to make money holds true in any marketing area! You have to do the legwork, you have to believe in yourself, you have to believe in the product, you have to let people know you are out there!
With that being said, I was also the type of sales person who let my customers know what the product was, ensuring them that I was not pushing it upon them, yet being true to the company I worked for in selling what I believed in! This holds true to my book! I want people to know what it’s about, I want them to get the best opportunity to be able to buy it and I want to do it with grace, dignity and honesty! I have had to do a lot of social media promoting, which is a tool that I was suggested to use, to let people know when they could get the book!
As I was doing this, I felt a bit of uneasiness, as I didn’t want to seem pushy, but at the same time trusting myself to trust my sales instincts! It’s not about being self centred but about being self confident enough to put yourself out there! There will be people who will shut the door in your face, not want your product and that’s okay. It is all a part of selling, distribution and well competing in the sales world!
So with that being said, I am grateful to the people who have put time and interest in my book, my product, and supported me through all the sales and marketing hype I have had to do for myself! Your patience and understanding has been a godsend, and I am truly blessed and grateful to those who have taken interest in my product, my book…in ME!