My book has been in sales for four months now, and I experience a bit of “cold” number of sales these days. I wasn’t worried in January, because everybody knows that the first month after our Christmas shopping is a slow month most all over. February was a short month, and I sold quite well after being at the reception at my publisher’s house.
Today we write March the second, and I see that I need to improve in my job of being my books first spoke person. I need some new arenas, while the local bookstores haven’t bought my book as we were hoping. “Poetry doesn’t sell” they say… Well, I did sell 400 books in two months before Christmas, so I guess “that depends..”
If you should be one of the persons that want to buy my book, you can do so here. Or just contact me. 🙂
Writing on my other book projects has been a bit inconsistently lately, and I found myself dreaming instead of writing this morning. So I had a look for some inspiration, and I did find these great writing advices that I had written down from someone, not noting were or who they were from. Anybody knows? I would appreciate it if you could tell me.
Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
Every sentence must do one of two things—reveal character or advance the action.
Start as close to the end as possible.
Be a sadist. No matter sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them—in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.