Think Big

rp_Maria-300x300.jpgBy Maria Vassilopoulos- Organic Books

You are the author of your book (s) and that makes you, by default the king of their world.  Without you, they wouldn’t exist.  If you hadn’t been inspired, nobody would now own your masterpiece.  Correct.

However, now you are king (or Queen) you have to decide how to rule.   There are a few types of reigning authors:

The dictator– You believe your book is the greatest thing ever read and that if people aren’t paying attention to it or doing enough for it they have a problem.

The Laid Back Larry– It’s done, you are sure somebody will read it and you are far too busy to tell everyone about it – that’s what the bookshops are  for – right?

The No Hoper– You don’t think anyone will read it anyway so you won’t make a fuss and people will come and find you if they like it

The self-promoter– You drag yourself across the country visiting bookstores, tweet everyday, you have your own website, things are going ok but you always feel there is more you could do.

Maybe you are a bit of each of these rulers supreme.  You started off making everyone read your book, then you rested a bit and gave yourself a well-earned break, then the fear set in that nobody wanted to read your creation so now you have been running yourself ragged trying to drum up some interest…

This is a common pattern and caused by thinking inwards.  What happens is you lose all sense of planning because the panic of never getting off the ground sets in.  When you suddenly descend into the self-promotion stage, you forget that the world you are promoting yourself to contains all the competition, weaknesses and everyone else shouting about themselves to your potential customers and influencers.

How do you get out of this mindset?  I will start by asking you to think big.  This means making yourself bigger than everything and answering the question – If you had no restrictions whatsoever, what would YOU do to promote your book?  It can be ANYTHING.  Why not take a moment and write down all your ideas then, in another two weeks come back to Novel Kicks and find out how it can help you in the long-run.

 

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About Maria- I have worked with books for 10 years, selling, stacking, event hosting, marketing and even making posters of them!  I have double-stacked shelves at home and want to offer advice to authors that may need some clarity on the book trade from time to time – you are not alone!

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Laura
I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

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