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Keep your chin up

Posted by Maria Murnane | January 25, 2012

If you’re reading this blog, there’s a strong chance it’s because you’re an aspiring author, or maybe a published author. Either way, publishing a book is very important to you, whether you do it independently or with the help of a traditional publisher. In fact, it might be the most important thing you’ve ever done or will ever do. It’s definitely the most important thing I’ve ever done, and I’m extremely proud of being an author.

While you may be passionate about your title of “author,” however, not everyone is going to feel the same way. In fact, no matter who publishes your book, it’s important to remember that no one is going to care more about it than you do.

As you set out to promote your book, you’re going to expose yourself to rejection. Not everyone is going to call or email you back. Not every review is going to be great. A lot of your own friends probably won’t even buy a copy. But if you let any of that affect your motivation, you’re going to run into trouble.

I’ll use myself as an example: I have a newsletter to which people subscribe here on my website, and I send one out every month or so. No matter how many new people sign up, the occasional “unsubscribe” notification always hurts my feelings. I know it shouldn’t bother me, but it does! So believe me, I know this advice isn’t easy to take. Just remember the old adage: you can please all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but you can never please all of the people all of the time.

When it comes to book marketing, the best advice I can offer is this: try a lot of things, focus on what seems to work, and stay positive. And when you feel down, remember this: No matter what, you’ve written a book. So be proud of yourself!

-Maria :)

This blog post originally appeared on CreateSpace.com. Reprinted with permission. © 2012 CreateSpace, a DBA of On-Demand Publishing, LLC. All rights reserved.

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  • Thank you for this, Maria. Your blog post is very timely since my first book was released last week and I’m now deep in the PR Zone. It was fun at first, but now I’m starting to feel drained and like there’s too much to do, not enough time, and I have no idea what will work and help me sell more books!

    “STAY POSITIVE” is officially my new mantra.

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