Like many authors, I’m sensitive to overselling to my readers. I work hard to earn their support. I give away a free box set in exchange for their emails in joining my newsletter. I do monthly contests so they can win prizes. I give them a gift on their birthdays. And on Christmas every year they get free books from me. In exchange, I ask them to take a look at the books I write and if one of them sparks their interest, to buy it. That seems fair to me. But if you still need convincing, here are 10 reasons why you should consider embracing an author’s occasional request to buy a book:
99.99% of authors are introverts and marketing is our Achilles heel, so when we make an attempt to sell something to someone, we’re actually performing step five in our Introverts Anonymous program. No really. I’m holding my 2 Year chip in my hand right now. I’m about to plunge it into some onion dip.
We must sell books to support our coffee and chocolate fetish.
Writers are unrepentant liars (see number 10 above) and writing is the only acceptable job where we can legally lie (unacceptable options include lawyer or politician), so we really need to sell books or we’ll end up living in our parents’ basements and blogging all day in our underwear. (trust me, nobody wants to see that!)
Writers have very…shall we say…interesting search histories on our computers. Only the fact that we actually put the information we discover in story form and sell it keeps us out of jail.
We’re desperate to keep our writing jobs because of the dress code. The writer’s version of Casual Friday involves flannel pjs and bunny slippers!
If we don’t sell books our husbands/wives will make us get real jobs.
Being an artist explains the weirdness and strange tics…like talking to invisible people…all writers are inflicted with.
Despite what some people believe, most of us don’t write books as a hobby and we are NOT independently wealthy! (I wish.)
If we don’t sell any books there’s no excuse for spending copious amounts of time on social media.
There are only so many relatives, neighbors and blackmail subjects we can sell to. At some point even the most victim-prolific author has to reach out to actual readers to sell his/her books.
USA Today Bestselling Author Sam Cheever writes romantic paranormal/fantasy and mystery/suspense, creating stories that celebrate the joy of love in all its forms. Known for writing great characters, snappy dialogue, and unique and exhilarating stories, Sam is the award-winning author of 50+ books and has been writing for over a decade under several noms de plume.
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