Welcome back to another blog hop, with #OpenBook. Here’s this week’s prompt.
Even if you knew you would never sell another book, would you keep writing?
The short answer is yes, I would. For one very simple reason.
The concept of selling my novels doesn’t really interest me. I don’t assume that someone would automatically want to buy anything that I produce. Or that I should try and somehow convince them to do so.
At the moment I rarely sell more than ten books a month. That’s not a problem; I’m not in it for the money. I’m really doing it for no other reason than because I can. It’s a hobby; some people play golf or go fishing, I write and self-publish.
Sure, it would be nice to sell books in their thousands, but I suspect I would have to do a considerable amount of hard work to get to that level. Which I’m not really prepared to do. I spent a long time working hard, now I’ve retired I just want to relax.
Even with those low sales, I still get the odd positive review, so what I write must resonate with the people who have read my work, and that’s an incredibly good feeling.
To be honest, at this stage of my life, I’ve become very lazy and lack the motivation to start learning how to market my books. Having never had to sell anything in my working life, it’s all a bit alien to me. I was once asked for a refund on a paperback in a crowded room at a literary event, it soured me towards the whole idea of interaction and selling.
I’m not a big fan of salesmen (women) anyway, I find the whole pushy, buy my book thing annoying and slightly false. As a naturally shy person, who suffers from social phobia, I don’t like others to think that I’m boasting or showing off by shouting from the rooftops when I publish a new book or get a good review, so I tend to keep quiet about it. If someone else reads one of my books and wants to tell everyone, that’s greatly appreciated.
I have tried a bit of Facebook and Amazon advertising (because that’s anonymous), but with little success so far. I very often give my books away.
To return to the question.
The characters seem to want me to tell their story, why else would they flood my brain with their words and images of their lives?
As long as they keep doing that, I’ll keep writing them down.
Because I’m doing it for myself; as long as the stories are in my head, I will continue to write and publish them, where they go after that is not really important to me.
You never know, perhaps I’ll be really famous when I’m gone. My grandchildren might reap the benefits.
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