In the world of independent publishing, we, the reader, are confronted with a barrage of short stories, novellas and novels of every genre imaginable (and even some that aren’t). So how do we choose what to buy and what not to buy?
Well, there are a few ways to answer that. We buy the work of our friends, or of independent authors we have read before and enjoyed their work. We buy because it is the genre we love (I am constantly shocked at how many women buy erotic novels. Seriously, a nipple on a sculpted male torso on the front cover and you’re golden). Speaking of such, we sometimes buy because the cover caught our eye, and the blurb sounded interesting. Also, we buy because the reviews are good. Their is nothing more valuable to an independent author than reviews. Not necessarily all 5 star reviews (though that does help), but reviews are the lifeblood of our careers. Success or failure may hinge on them.
However, all of that aside, there is one thing that drives sales of a book more than anything else, and this is a two parter: The story, and word of mouth.
When I am writing, or thinking of writing, or planning and plotting or scribbling ideas, the one thing I constantly remind myself is story, story, story. You could write the most beautiful, literary piece of prose the world has ever know, but if there is no story, then, for me, the piece is redundant. And once a story is good enough, and if enough people manage to read it, that is where word of mouth comes in. What better advertising for your book than for a complete stranger to tell another complete stranger ‘Hey, you should buy such and such by so and so. It’s value cannot be measured and it’s worth cannot be weighed.
It is priceless.
So then, we have a dilemma. If word of mouth is the best way for people to hear about your book, it only goes to reason, that someone has to have read it first based on other reasons.
And now to the title of this piece. Why choose me? What makes me so worthy that you should pick Fastian ? Why not choose another title by another author whose book cover is even prettier than mine?
The simple answer is, there is no reason. Not a real and conclusive reason anyhow.
But I can’t have that. That’s not good enough. Fastian deserves to be read. He spent years in my mind along with Jacob and Alabaster Shanks and the land of Edgeweir. They deserve an audience.
I could continue on in such a fashion and turn this piece into one overly large and cringeworthy sales pitch but that would be poor on my part, and distressing for you, I’m sure.
So all I say, is that you should take a chance. If you love story (it is a fantasy piece, but not written so as it is only accessible to fantasy readers) then Fastian is worth taking a chance on. If it is good enough, (which I think it is, naturally) then you will want to tell someone about it, maybe tell two people. And so the growth begins. The way every independent author hopes it will when they take the first tentative steps of putting pen to paper.
This is after all, a giant adventure everyone of us takes when we commit to something so mind and time consuming.
So, why choose me?
Well, why not!