Friday, October 23, 2015

Thank Goodness for Friends

I wish I was better at this marketing thing.  If I was, I would've marketed this month as Cascading Sale Month or Countdown Deal Month or something.  Of course, if I was more heads-up about marketing, I would've realized I needed to have some sales last month and could've planned for all this better instead of leaving it all to the last minute.  But I didn't, so here I am. 

It seems to me that writers are not the best marketers.  We can write pages and pages of entertaining prose.  We can make you think, or make you cry, or make you laugh, or give you the shivers with our words, but when it comes time to write marketing copy (back cover blurbs, ads, taglines, etc.), we freeze. 

I cast around looking for someone to help me.  Thankfully, I have kind friends.  They cast around looking for someone to help them, too.  Because while we are all awesome and insightful with other people's stuff, we suck at our own.  It's tragic, really.  Or it would be if we weren't all open to helping each other.

I mean, we could pay someone to write copy for us.  (And sometimes we do.)  We can't all afford that, though, and I think that finding another writer - one who understand you and what you're trying to achieve - can be a better alternative.  Maybe that's just me. 

But like I said, I'm not good at this.

And on that note, you may have noticed from the image up there that Accidental Death is on sale.  Last week, Dying Embers was on sale.  Next week, Wish in One Hand will be on sale.  Cascading Sale Month.  See?

Gah.  I'm so bad at this.

Thank goodness for friends. 

5 comments:

jblynn said...

I find it difficult to wrap my head around marketing and to maintain any motivation to do it, lol.

I hope that your efforts result in mega-sales!

B.E. Sanderson said...

Ain't that the truth, JB? Thanks! I don't know about mega, but some sales would make me happy. =o)

Silver James said...

Without the help, encouragement, and expertise of kind writing friends, I'd be hiding under the covers.

Here's hoping the Month of Cascading Sales brings you readers and "solds" as prolific as the falling leaves. Or something like that. *crawls back into edit mode*

B.E. Sanderson said...

Exactly, Silver. LOL, yeah, if readers and sales were as prolific as the leaves in just my front yard, I wouldn't have to worry about funding my next dozen books. There's a lot of leaves out there. Good luck with the editing!

Aisyah Putri Setiawan said...

Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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