Advice for the Beginner Author by Pat Sawtelle

Once you start writing a book, friends and family will push you to finish it with promises to buy the book, confident you will get rich. However, when the day of publication arrives the number of those people who actually buy it is very slim. They have good intentions, but their lives are just too busy. Now you have to find a way to get other people to buy your work.

Authors can easily get distracted by scanning the internet looking for sure bets on how to sell their books and get rich. While the proverbial celebrity lightning strike will strike someone, everyone else has to work hard to make a few dollars. Here are a few tips to help you on your way:

1. Don’t believe everything you read. Check the dates on the postings. Articles on the internet are many times outdated soon after they are posted. Google, Amazon, even bestseller lists, change their processes and algorithms regularly to prevent scams and take advantage of the latest search and buying trends.

2. Don’t stop writing. You got into this because you enjoyed letting the words form into sentences and paragraphs. Set aside time to write on a regular schedule to maintain the fun.

3. Read. Make time to read works from other writers. It will improve your own writing.

4. Give Back. Take time to post an online review for every book you read. Without reviews, books languish at the bottom of the list forgotten like a rough draft stuck in the back of a drawer. Really like it? Take time to post a review on multiple sites like Amazon, Goodreads, BookBub, and others.

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