Not everyone is going to love your book. You can’t please everyone and nor should you try. I’ve heard people criticise authors like JK Rowling and Paulo Coelho about finicky little things and it’s always surprised me when people can’t see the big picture. There’s a lot of unwarranted elitism in the book publishing world, and many readers shun books that are a commercial success and label it ‘trash’ – which I think is overlooking the value that some books brings to a popular audience. It may not be your thing, but if a book manages to engage an audience, it is hardly trash.
Many readers won’t even leave a rating, let alone take the time to write a review. And who can blame them? I’ve read a few hundred books and although I do leave ratings, I rarely write reviews. If you contact book review bloggers, they’ve usually got a queue of requests to get through before they can get to your book. So how do you build the momentum for your self-published book as quickly as possible?
Despite all the bad press that Amazon gets, I don’t believe I would have been able to publish my book if not for their KDP program. When I tried to get published the traditional way in 2013, I collected over 200 rejections letters that I imprinted into my broken heart. I said goodbye to my childhood dream and decided that I was better off doing something else.
I’ve had a plethora of messages come through since the book came out. Mostly friends and family asking me a range of strange questions that had me bemused as to what they think I do… Here are their questions.
Now that my book’s been published, it’s time to sell it. Oh yes. It’s time to get THE LITTLE LIGHT into the hands of readers and customers. My ebook was released on 6th June, and the paperback was released on the 8th. It was quite the ordeal to put it all together. Most people have no idea the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes to make your dream come true.
The Sun, the Moon, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Rahu, and Ketu – Celestial Beings from world mythology – bicker and squabble, just like any family. But they’re going to have to put their differences aside to help the Little Light – a wise soul, imbued with insight and curiosity – prepare for its birth on Planet Earth, where it has a great and far-reaching destiny…
I don’t know what will happen when my debut novel is finally launched, but I’ve enjoyed the journey – even the difficult, frustrating bits. I’ve learnt so much about how books are made, and I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with some amazing people to bring my vision to life. It’s been wild. It’s been grand.