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You’re Published . . . Now What? May 8, 2012

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Writing & Writers.

One reason I’m not focused on getting published is because I’m a writer, not a marketer or promoter. 

Selling my work to an agent, a publisher, or the public is not how I want to spend my limited time on the planet.

I don’t want to hold book signings, walk door to door, or sell store to store. 

Once I’ve written something, I want to move on to the next thing.

Perhaps I’ll publish posthumously when demands on my time are fewer . . .

And I don’t have to worry about losing my anonymity. 

Ah, well, we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. 

In the meantime, for those of you who HAVE published a book or two or three (and who obviously have more motivation than me), here are two articles you might be interested in reading:

 * How To Promote Your Book For FREE! (Global Mysteries)

 * How To Write A Press Release For Your Mystery Novel (Global Mysteries)

Nancy Curteman, the blogger behind Global Mysteries, is writing a series of novels featuring Lysi Weston as she solves mysteries around the globe ~ the Wild West, Australia, South Africa . . . hey, what about Scotland? 

Imagine Lysi wandering heather-clad hills and discovering a kilt-clad Scot with an empty bottle of Scotch beside him . . . DEAD. 

Was he poisoned with liquor?  Or was it . . . the Haggis?     

Kristen Lamb’s blog is also a gold mine of information for recently and to-be-published authors who need additional marketing ken. 

Selling Tip #1 ~ You must toot your own horn. 

Or, if you really want to garner attention at the next Book Fair . . . play the bagpipes! 

And wear a kilt!

Let’s practice. 

If YOU have published a book or e-book of ANY genre that is currently for sale somewhere in cyberspace, please include a one or two line summary  of the book’s premise in the comments below.  Add a link for interested readers to follow and find more  information about you and/or the book.

Off the top of my head, look for comments and links from:  Vivian (Show Me How), Christine (Dancing in Heaven), Marie (Beyond Inspiration), Nancy (Lysi Weston series), William (two novels ~ titles below), Renee (Invisible No More & Saving The Best For Last).

But why stop there? 

If you’ve made progress on a WIP (work in progress) and are starting to “shop it around” . . . share that with us as well.

No book?  No problem. 

Tell us about your writing blog, your brand new photographic blog, your painting blog, your cooking blog, your quilting blog, etc.   

C’mon . . . toot your horns!   

Aah . . . that’s better!


1. terry1954 - May 8, 2012

i have to admit, I sometimes wonder what it would be like to walk into a book store and see my name on the shelf

nrhatch - May 8, 2012

Yes! Or to visit Amazon.com and see your book jacket displayed prominently in cyber-space?

2. ryoko861 - May 8, 2012

This is an interesting view point. The line that stood out for me was “Toot your own horn”.
I have a friend who has written an ebook and has had it published in hardbook form as well.
I was drolling on one day about how I needed to get out of the house and get a job…etc…and he throws this “proposal” out to me (he lives in AL, I live in PA). He said he would ship me a bunch of his books, business cards and any supplies I might need and I could go to the various places in my area that would be interested in my book (It was a baby boomer humor book-he thought the assisted living and senior communities would be good places).
Are you kidding me? No. I told him thank you but I’m not a salesman. I don’t have those qualities. I felt alittle used for the moment. I mean, he has a computer obviously, and he lives in the south. I’m sure there are MANY retirement communities and assisted living residents that he could tout his book too. But from what he’s told me over the months, he’s never done any of that. I told him I could do what I could on the computer for him, but I wasn’t going to be a door to door salesman. He said he would pay me 50%. Still, it’s HIS book, HE should sell it himself.
I know what it’s like to try to promote something on the internet. It’s not easy. Especially when the market is flooded with the same thing you have. Persistence is the key. Almost being a pain in the arse.
Great post!

nrhatch - May 8, 2012

Thanks, Ryoki. Maybe he thought it would be a Win~Win . . . book sales for him and a chance for you to get out of the house and spread humor and good cheer to the seniors in your neighborhood? 😀

ryoko861 - May 8, 2012

Maybe. He seemed indignant when I told him no thank you. Honestly, though, I don’t like living here so I didn’t have any real inspiration to want to canvass his book to the local centers. If it was in my old hometown, then I wouldn’t have thought twice about it.

nrhatch - May 8, 2012

People should feel free to ask for the occasional favor and WE should feel free to say, Sorry, No. (without guilt).

3. suzicate - May 8, 2012

I’m right (write) there with you. I’m not into the marketing etc…

nrhatch - May 8, 2012

I’ve been published in a few anthologies. . . essays and poetry. Once each book arrived, I glanced at it (briefly), stuck it on my bookcase, and went back to writing. 😀

The same thing happens when something I’ve written finds its way into a newspaper or magazine ~ I look it over, stick it in a file, and turn my attention back to the JOURNEY of writing.

Painting is the same. Artists spend their weekdays painting and their weekends sitting in tents at Art Festivals to sell their work.

I don’t have the “selling gene” in me . . . except for the “once in a blue moon” yard sale.

4. William D'Andrea - May 8, 2012

Thank you for inviting us Nancy. I have two published novels:

1. “We the People Are Good to Eat”

“In a fatally overpopulated future Earth, all that the people have to eat is each other and they thank God for every meal.”


2. “A Gatored Community”

“Pearl thieves and environmental terrorists attack a pearl farm, where an alligator is used for security”


nrhatch - May 8, 2012

PERFECT, William! Exactly what I had in mind. I hope that a few readers find your words “good enough to eat!” 😀

William D'Andrea - May 10, 2012

The problem is that my books are just two among the buffet of millions to choose from. At least here someone might catch a whiff, and his mouth begin watering for what I’ve added to the menu.

5. Naomi - May 8, 2012

Ah…wise words, Nancy 🙂 Thank you for sharing this insight, especially since I have been feeling disheartened about not yet finding a publisher for my book (http://www.outofair.com/). Instead, it’s been rewarding to create our new photographic blog/website at http://www.ovpimaging.com. It’s amazing how swiftly the goalposts can shift, and grounding to be reminded of the broader perspective. Thanks again!

nrhatch - May 8, 2012

Thanks for the links, Naomi! I hope that the right publisher is right around the next corner. In the meantime, keep sharing your gorgeous photography with us! 😀

6. Life in the Boomer Lane - May 8, 2012

The truth about publishing is that you do have to market yourself. Every single day. I tell people that all the time. Finding satisfaction in blogging or in non-published writing is a great way to nuture the creative spirit. But, that said, there sure is a thrill to be had when we see our name in print or when someone says, “Wow, I read your book!” It’s an even greater thrill when the person isn’t related to us.

nrhatch - May 8, 2012

I thought of you, Jean, and Joyce when I got to: I don’t want to hold book signings, walk door to door, or sell store to store.

If I wrote a book, like yours, that I felt would truly BENEFIT those who read it . . . I would find it easier to strap on my “selling shoes.” 😉

nrhatch - May 8, 2012

Or STOP TRAFFIC with various and assundry signage (or cleavage). 😀

7. l0ve0utl0ud - May 8, 2012

I like your philosophy – it looks like you write because you love writing, and not because you want to make a name for yourself or because you see writing as a way of getting rich. If you write for love, then by writing you already fulfill your desires and your destiny. The rest is up to God to take care of.

nrhatch - May 8, 2012

Yes. It’s the JOURNEY of writing that keeps me at the keyboard with no pre-determined destination in mind.

I’m just letting the path unfold before me.

Of course, IF a compelling story like Harry Potter, Nanny McPhee, Mary Poppins, or Peter Pan surfaced, I’d probably feel compelled to share it with others. 😀

8. sufilight - May 8, 2012

I was invited to a book signing but, but, with the recent hearing loss, I couldn’t see myself interacting with a crowd, but it’s okay, I am appreciative of the opportunity!:) And, wow, thank you for opening your blog to share our work!

“Beyond Inspiration” is a compilation of musings, affirmative prayers and affirmations that are spiritual but without dogma. It’s a handy book to use daily to awaken the sacred within you.


nrhatch - May 8, 2012

Thanks, Marie. I’ll edit the post with the correct name. I was in a rush to get to Water Aerobics this morning and didn’t have time to “get it right.”

I hope that readers in need of positive messages find your book.

9. clarbojahn - May 8, 2012

Not in Amazon, kindle or Nook yet and prints on the way but as an E version my basic concept book about a little girl who celebrates her birthday with an adventure every hour is on the publishers web site store


as Annie’s Special Day by Clara Bowman-Jahn. Don’t know how to add the cover here as it’s on a jpg on my computer. But thanks Nancy for this chance to toot my own horn. this book is meant to help teach kids how to tell time on both analog and digital clocks.

nrhatch - May 8, 2012

Thanks, Clar! That sounds like a wonderful book for kids . . . designed to hold their interest while teaching them a valuable skill.

And, as an added bonus: once they learn to tell time, M&D can tell them to stay in bed on Saturday mornings until a “suitable waking hour.” 😉

nrhatch - May 8, 2012
clarbojahn - May 8, 2012

thanks for your kind words, Nancy.

nrhatch - May 8, 2012

My pleasure, Clar. I would like every author in my acquaintance to find his or her target audience at the first possible opportunity. 😀

10. Crowing Crone Joss - May 8, 2012

I published a book, in January about my journey with chronic pain and all the lessons it taught me. http://wp.me/p1MRW5-M
and, no, I haven’t gone door to door to promote it. heh heh. But I have sold close to 100 copies now which is pretty exciting.

nrhatch - May 8, 2012

Yes! I remember now ~ What I Know About Fibro. I’m so glad that your book is making its way into eager hands.

And, now that you’re headed on your European Adventure, you’ll probably have even more stories to share and tales to tell.

Crowing Crone Joss - May 8, 2012

yes, I’m starting to explore how I might earn a bit of an income by writing as we travel.

nrhatch - May 8, 2012

That’s what Warren and Betsy Talbot are doing as they travel around the world ~ three books thus far and 5 continents (all but Africa and Australia).

11. Three Well Beings - May 9, 2012

I think I’m with you on this. I seemed to get my satisfaction with a few published academic chapters…and even those were co-written. It was fun to see my name in print. But my friends who have published their own work have had to work so hard for it I figured they had some kind of “fire” I just don’t have. I love to write, but the idea of the promotion just doesn’t sit with me. My friends each found that their publishing house launched one party and one book signing, and then expected them to book all their next events. I admire those who really want to pursue the life of published author, but it is not easy! Debra

nrhatch - May 9, 2012

It used to be that the hardest part of writing was sitting down to write. Now, that’s the “fun” part of the process . . . followed up with the on-going effort to sell those words.

Like you, it’s a “fire” I just don’t have. Blogging is enough for me . . . at least for NOW. (And what else is there?)

nrhatch - May 9, 2012

I write because I enjoy writing.
I play the piano because I enjoy playing the piano.
I paint because I enjoy painting.

The destination (to me) is far less important than enjoying the journey from HERE to there.

Write on!

12. Maggie - May 9, 2012

Sometimes I don’t really think publication is the right thing for me. I dislike marketing, promoting and talking about myself or my writing. I love writing just for writing’s sake – just to tell a story and get it out of my head and in a more “concrete” form on paper.

nrhatch - May 9, 2012

You’re wise to consider your motivation for writing, Maggie.

I’ve seen many who are anxious to get an agent, then a publisher, then see their book in print, then sell more copies . . . and they seem perpetually dissatisfied with the process.

They believe they will be happier as soon as they reach the “next rung on the ladder” (and they are . . . but only for about 5 minutes).

Sometimes the effort and climb is worth it. Other times, it’s not. We need to evaluate what WE really want from life.

nrhatch - May 9, 2012

I just received an interesting piece of SPAM:

It’s not whether your work appears on the eviscerated remnants of a tree or on the electronic representation of a page that makes you a writer . . . it’s whether your words move and/or motivate.

Writing helps me clarify who I am and what I think . . . and moves me to share that essence with the world.

Rather like the quote I shared the other day: The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe. ~ Gustave Flaubert

Maggie - May 9, 2012

Very intelligent spam. I’m impressed. 🙂

nrhatch - May 9, 2012

That’s what I thought! 💡

13. Paula Tohline Calhoun - May 9, 2012

Over the years that I have been writing, I have discovered that the real secret to getting published is to submit something for publication. Not doing so, at least so far, hasn’t worked for me. I might decide to go another route. . .

Good and helpful post, Nancy! Thanks.

nrhatch - May 9, 2012

I’ve discovered exactly the same.

Getting published is a lot like the lottery . . . it won’t pay if you don’t play. 😀

14. souldipper - May 9, 2012

Thanks, Nancy – it was great to learn about all these books that people may or may not be marketing.

I love writing. I don’t love selling, promoting, bragging or tooting.

An artist friend challenged me the other day – “So, what now, Amy? You’ve proven you can blog. What next? How are you going to stretch that creative streak?”

Do I need a stretch right now? I thought.

Another blogger told me about a link where blogs can be assessed to see what someone would pay to own it.

But I didn’t start my blog with a view to selling it! I thought.

I’m heading for a transition, but it’s not selling my writing! 😀

nrhatch - May 9, 2012

I feel the same, Amy. I’m not planning to sell SLTW . . . it’s a FUN place to share thoughts with the world. I am thinking about doing more painting. And maybe more with the guitar/singing.

We’ll see what appears on the horizon as the path unfolds before me.

15. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - May 10, 2012

It was Col. Mustard with the haggis in the cloak room.

nrhatch - May 10, 2012

That’s what I think!

And Professor Peacock saw the whole thing . . . through a Scotch induced stupor . . . and doesn’t know if it was an hallucination, or not. 😆

Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - May 10, 2012

You are too funny!

nrhatch - May 10, 2012

Right back atcha! 😀

16. Perfecting Motherhood - May 11, 2012

Everyone I hear who gets published complains about how my self-marketing they have to do while the publisher does nothing to help. I think that’s why so many people now self-publish. Why cut so much of your royalties for a publisher who won’t do anything to sell your book? But I understand self-publishing has its own issues too. Nothing’s perfect!

nrhatch - May 11, 2012

I expect that some authors imagine that their books will “fly off the shelves” IF they only find a publisher. The truth is rather far afield from that image.

17. Stephanie - May 12, 2012

I’ve actually started to enjoy the marketing… but I do things like go teach the Master Gardener group how to cook and preserve herbs.

Anyway, self-promotion:
One Bowl: Simple Healthy Recipes for One by Stephanie Bostic

One Bowl is a “stylish resource” for anyone cooking for themselves, and trying to eat healthfully. In addition to recipes and guidelines for stocking a kitchen, One Bowl has a nutrition section with interactive worksheet to help the reader assess and potentially change his/her eating habits. It’s a great graduation gift, or for any solo cook.

nrhatch - May 12, 2012

That sounds like a TERRIFIC book, Stephanie. It’s so easy to stop cooking when only one will be eating . . . but we all benefit from a bit a variety. Thanks for sharing the link.

18. cuhome - May 15, 2012

Writing, for me, is sort of like planting seeds in my garden… I don’t know why I have to do it, but it thrills me to no end when I see a sprout emerge from a seed–even if it doesn’t bloom! I had fun planting it! And it wouldn’t even be a sprout, if I hadn’t planted the seed! 🙂

nrhatch - May 15, 2012

Lovely analogy, Janet. I feel the same. Planting our ideas and watching them bloom is some FUN.

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