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What's Your Biggest Challenge with Your Book?

I'd be interested to learn what authors/publishers on this network think their biggest challenges are with their book. I wonder if there's any common, pervasive challenge we all face.

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This seems like a pretty good idea to me, but wide open to abuse. Perhaps a ring bound copy of the first two or three chapters with relevant information clearly visible seems a better idea to me. Perhaps even a free gift offer?
If you name is Mark Twain, or Hemingway, don't bother to read this.

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I have copies in the office of my dentist here and also in Florida. My family doctor has a set and several restaurants have them in pie cases. I regularly visit a used car lot, a clothing store and I have also been in a pharmacy which asked about my books but we haven't done anything there yet. Every delivery unit that brings my boxes of books, (I buy them fifty at a time), gets a book. My mailman has one of each, etc. As you know, when you buy books directly from the printer and sell them through your own channels there is no way for people who are searching you out on Amazon to see your true sales numbers or standing. That doesn't bother me, I seem to do much better on my own anyway. Hey, come to think of it, you have a set too. I keep about 500 books on hand at all times.

It is just as easy to give out the cards as shown in my previous post (above) and I can carry a bunch of those at a time.

I also haven't mentioned that when I find a charity looking for items to auction, I visit the chairperson, he or she is so happy to see me coming with books in hand.

I have a labeling machine called a printer, and I print labels which sometimes go inside the book and sometimes on the cover, depending on where I am displaying my books. I put the labels on the cover for college nights and book shows.

I have said this many times, but I will say it again. There might be two to five percent of us who make a profit from this work. We do it for the love of doing what we do. If a person has the potential to earn fifty to seventy dollars an hour doing something else and it takes that person a year to write a book. (NOT ME), put that into dollars and it is obvious that most people won't even make minimum wage after all the other costs.
My biggest challenge is marketing.
Oh, yes. That, too! Completely agree.
If you want to stay in the writing game, you not only have to become a part time author, but a full time marketeer. Postings all over the internet will get you a few rewards and that is what most of us are looking for. I spend three our four hours a day marketing and about two hours writing on my next book and I have many. Right now I am about ten books ahead of my editors who take a good month editing each one. This rather determines my future and work day. There is no sense in finishing up a book today, when we have so many in the market and so much plugging to do.

Here is an example of how I advertised my books yesterday and I use this method often.

Good luck to you authors and we are many.

Dr Robert E McGinnis
A recent article published today
For practice, I write for many different groups on the net, this is but one example.
Dr Robert E McGinnis
Finding a good publisher.

God bless, J
Be your own publisher, then you are working with someone you can trust. Indie publishing is something that you do for yourself and there are many avenues. I use Creatspace and my contact person is Allison Boozer. Good luck, we may be seeing your book here soon. Dr Robert E McGinnis
Thanks, Paradise. Joy just finished her first book by Dr. McGinnnis, A Beckoning from Paradise, and love it!
Thank you so much, tell your daughter I appreciate the comment. I write for good people just like her.

Today I am building a special coffee table out in my workshop and a big red convertible pulled up. One of our local townspeople came to get a copy of every book I had on hand. They liked my coffee table too. I would love to place a picture of my progress on the coffee table here but I just found out, I have to close all windows first. I may put it here later.

I know you as an author love the comments, but they are so much more wonderful from the young people that I write for.


The above are the sub assemblies that I first cut out and below, it the trail fit.

Keep in mind, this is not anywhere near complete. I still have to sand, finish the edges, add the trim and then stain and varnish.
I cut the wood from my property by hiring a sawmill to come in to make boards out of trees blown over in a hurricane. I have enough wood cut into boards for a lifetime of fun. I have sold these to business in town and there is always someone wanting something special made. I am retired and not looking for work, but somehow, work is always looking for me.
Dr Robert E McGinnnis
Oh, you can see some of the trees in the avatar. The wood in this tree came from clearing the land between where the avatar picture was taken and my house in the background. My workshop is over on the left right behind the introduction on the back of the book cover.
Why not be your own publisher"? See my link below and maybe it will give you an idea or two.


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