Saturday was my very first book signing. The event took place at the Barnes and Noble at Bay Plaza in the Bronx. The store was kind enough to take a chance on a self-published author, and ordered 30 of my books. By the time my portion of the event was complete, 24 out of the 30 books were sold! Anyone who purchased a copy of Valentine, received a copy of Valentine 2 from me for free! It was so much fun meeting new people and making new connections, and I especially enjoyed meeting young writers. I’m looking forward to helping them get started in the self-publishing industry any way I can. Thank you again to everyone who came out to the Bronx, purchased a book, stopped by my table, or simply liked my posts online. There aren’t enough words to express what your support means to me.
Pictures from B-Fest will be posted on the Woolaston Entertainment Facebook page later today. I’m happy to announce, I have been invited to return to Bay Plaza for an upcoming event! Autographed copies of Valentine, Our Lady of Righteous Rage, and Our Lady of Righteous Rage: Extended and Uncensored are still available at Bay Plaza, or you can order unsigned copies online or through the store. Plus, you can always order copies of any of my books directly from me.
Being an indie author can be challenging sometimes. For anyone out there who is a self-published author, you know what I’m talking about. Choosing the right company to print your books for you. Finding a reliable (and affordable editor) or editing yourself. Cover designs and page layouts. And lets not forget marketing. It’s tough! And even after you have your finished product in your hands, there’s the really fun part: getting your book into a bookstore. Bookstores look at self-published books as if they contain the plague! But, you have to try anyway. After one thousand no’s, you’re bound to hit a yes. I certainly did.
Barnes and Noble is having a Teen Book Festival known as BFest this weekend, and I am fortunate enough to participate. I will be appearing at the location in Bay Plaza in Bronx, NY on Saturday, June 11 at 3pm. I will be reading from “Our Lady of Righteous Rage”, and signing copies afterward. I will also sign copies of “Valentine”. So, why is this event such a big deal? Simple: I’m an indie author, and BN doesn’t sell books by indie authors in their stores. To get in, you have to work very hard. So, this event is special to me. Will it go well? I certainly hope so. Whether I sell 3 copies or 30 copies, I’m happy I was accepted into a major bookstore.
To anyone out there struggling to get their work noticed by the public, I’m proof that you can’t give up. Giving up is simply not an option. Keep trying. Eventually, you will succeed. Good luck to all of my fellow writers and artists out there.
One of the most discouraging aspects of being a self-published author is the act of promoting your work. It’s hard to get the word out there, if you’re not signed with a major publisher. Does this mean you should just give up? NO!!!! This means you work harder, and create as much content as possible. One of the ways you can achieve success, is by building your catalogue.
Have you self-published a book? Great? How about two? Or three? Or five? You can’t stop at just one. Readers need to see what your range is like: do you write under one particular genre, or several? If you are a science fiction writer, that’s fine, but give your readers some options. If you’ve published a series, consider starting a second series, and then a third. Building a catalogue will help establish you as a writer. I currently have 10 titles available, under different genres, so readers can see I’m capable of more than one style of writing. Plus, as a self-published author, I’m not on anyone else’s schedule, and I’m able to maintain creative control of my work. So, I write what I want, when I want, the way I want.
I believe it also helps to release more titles over time. Don’t allow yourself to get stuck on that one book you published four years ago! Keep writing! Set a goal for yourself: release one or two books a year, for example. This will help establish you as a serious writer.