I am a new Authour. I just published my second book, Broken, which is FREE to download from Smashwords and Okadabooks. Before that, I published my first, highly anticipated book, The Church Girl on the 1st of May. It is a double book, and it isn’t free.
I say ‘highly anticipated’, because as far as I am concerned, it was! It was originally a series on my blog, and was very popular, especially among my Facebook fans. From the second day of publishing the series, people were already talking about how I should make it into a book. It somehow became a long, never-ending series, when I decided to do an Extended Version, and it was the series that inspired my Seasonal Story Series, ‘A Small World’.
While preparing to publish my book, I opened a group for people who were READY, WILLING and ABLE to buy my book once it was released. The group currently boasts 340+ members (which is not great if you think about it, but if you believe that they ALL intend to buy the book, it is quite a huge encouragement). I continued to hype my upcoming book on my Facebook Page that currently has 11,000+ followers. I got lots of encouragement from my fans and friends about this book that they seemed as excited as me to see released.
However, reality struck when the book was released, and I got the opposite reaction than I had expected. I thought I had an army of fans behind me that will not only buy the books, but help me make it go viral within its first month! Maybe I was dreaming…
I pushed on despite the initial silence about the book and the lack of downloads and pre-orders. I asked people for feedback on why they were not getting the book they all seemed so excited about. One person said she doesn’t use email, and she only registered on Facebook with her phone, so she couldn’t open an account with Okadabooks. Another said the N2000 price is much for now. Everyone else was silent.
I read the Smashwords Secrets To Ebook Publishing Success and their Marketing Guide, and implemented most of their recommendations (still working on others). And yet the downloads continue to trickle in… It makes you wonder.
Yesterday, I reminded a friend of mine who told me she would pre-order at the end of the month. But it appears she didn’t understand the meaning of pre-order. She said she had already pre-ordered, and asked if the printed book was out yet. I asked her “if everyone is waiting for the print before they buy, how will I raise the funds to print?” and said “I need the support and encouragement to print“. She replied that she didn’t realise that my need for support and encouragement was the reason for the pre-ordering of the book.
It made me think… Maybe they just don’t know… I doubt she’s the only one who has been thinking this way, but I assumed it was obvious. I have had enough people congratulate me on the book, but make no move to download. I’ve had others promise to buy and review…and I am still waiting.
I know everyone has their life, and the things that they are trying to get on top of, but this was a real reality shock of the new world I have entered. Nobody really cares about your book as much as you do… There were many who pushed me to publish The Church Girl as a book, and I have to ask – where are you??? And those who said “Any book you’re printing, I’m buying” – where you de?
I don’t really know what I expect to achieve with this post… I know people love happiness, and can’t stand complaints. But heck, I am human, and this has always been my outlet, and my way of communicate with the world and those who I believed were my fans. So, please make me understand, if you care… Why aren’t you buying The Church Girl?
All that said, I want to appreciate those few wonderful people who took a chance and bought the book on Okadabooks.com. God bless you immensely. And those amazing specimens of humanity who decided to pre-order the book. It is coming. God bless you greatly! I will not disappoint you, so help me God.
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