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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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Great advice, Paradise. One thing I know is you can lose your shirt in marketing and not sell a single book. It puts authors, particularly new ones, at a disadvantage. You just have to work hard at building a platform. Add a lot of Facebook author contacts, twitter, blog, and comment on other people's blogs. It's a process. Don't lose heart. Nothing worth having ever comes easy; sacrifice is the price for all meaningful endeavors. You can also look at it from the perspective that never before has the opportunity been so great for an unknown author to have his writings seen by others. The Internet has made what was a few years ago impossible easy. You hit the send button on the computer keyboard and your latest blog, comments, like here, or picture goes all over the world. I am glad I am an author at such a time as this. The possibilities are so great for those who don't give up. And if you don't try, you will never know how far you can go with it. Good luck!
Your advice is always welcomed and well taken. You are a model to live by. Thanks.
My problem is spending more on promoting than I'm making. There's only so many free places where you can promote your novels.
There are tons of free ways to market a novel. If you are paying for listings, you are on the wrong sites.

John Kremer, author, Book Marketing Magic
http://www.bookmarket.com/novelmarketing.htm
Not only are there many free ways to market our books, but believe it or not most are better than those you pay for. This John Kremer website is one of the best.

E-Book by Brandon Jones
http://www.amazon.com/Capturing-Life-Virgina-Biography-ebook/dp/B00...

A SERIES OF BOOKS (first series all published) READ IN ORDER

The Paradise series in this order. (all in paperback & E books now)

(1) A Beckoning From Paradise (2008) (E BOOK) and paperback
(2) Secrets Of Paradise (2008) (E BOOK) and paperback
(3) Paradise Is Where You Find It (2009) (E BOOK) and paperback
(4) Paradise Grows (2009) (E BOOK) and paperback
(5) Raised In Paradise (2009) to be (E BOOK) and paperback now

Second Series called The Little Eagle Series (these are with the publisher with expect publish dates noted)
(1) Indian Summer April (2010)
(2) Christmas With Little Eagle August (2010)
(3) Little Eagle Saves A Spy December (2010)
(4) The Golden Cross February (2011)
(5) White Panther's Legacy March (2011)

Third Series, The White Panther Series (all written and awaiting edit, proof and final) Complete set expected out by 2011 but we are saying 2012 to be safe. O'Bannon Castle is out and ready for purchase.

(1) O'Bannon Castle Published in e-book and paperback June (2010) (E BOOK)
(2) The following will be available in (2012)
(3) A Spy Saves Little Eagle (2012)
(4) Upholding Family Traditions
(5) White Bird Returns

A fourth series is underway. Titles in this section are subject to change.
(1)Steam Valley or alternate title Paradise Valley (Ready for rewrite to update.)
(2)Robin Long Bird (finished) to be entered in a contest early next year.
(3)Wisnook Treasure
(With more to come.)
--
http://paradiseseries.embarqspace.com/#

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B002CB3V24

A book by my son, the other Dr--Professor McGinnis
http://www.amazon.com/Transformation-Julius-Caesar-Hendrix-Thunder/...

http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/109379

A book by my daughter Professor Cynthia McGinnis
The Art and Mystery of Math

MARKETING and PROMOTION!!!  I never expected to have such a heavy load of doing marketing and promotion after being accepted by a publisher.  After all, isn't this what an in-house marketing/sales team is for?

 

With my husband and daughter's help, we created book covers, bookmarks, videos, posters, flyers, website, and list goes on.  It got to the point I decided to go self and leave my publisher. If I'm doing this much work, I might as well get paid better than a few cents on the dollar royalties.

 

Shawn Lamb

Author of Allon - an epic YA fantasy series

http://www.allonbooks.com

http://www.allonbooks-thekingdomofallon.blogspot.com

Love your website! Looks like a great read!

If Steve says it is good, I know it must be. He is a very good man.  Dr m

Thanks to both. :) It's all homemade. My husband put it together and my daughter did all the artwork for the characters and videos.

We have a family affair too. My wife is a first reader, my daughter is first editor and her husband (my son in law) is my second editor. They are expensive. These two kids are both English majors and both graduated top of their class, but hey what can I say, they are young yet.  Dr M

 LOL, Paradise.  My daughter is a film major, thus a starving artist and works for food. :)

I went to school in Missouri with a family of Lambs. I seem to recall a girl in grade school in Illinois with that last name too.

 

I have four children, all authors. It runs in the family.

--
E-Book by Brandon Jones
http://www.amazon.com/Capturing-Life-Virgina-Biography-ebook/dp/B00...

A SERIES OF BOOKS (first series all published) READ IN ORDER

The Paradise series in this order. (all in paperback & E books now)

(1) A Beckoning From Paradise (2008) (E BOOK) and paperback
(2) Secrets Of Paradise (2008) (E BOOK) and paperback
(3) Paradise Is Where You Find It (2009) (E BOOK) and paperback
(4) Paradise Grows (2009) (E BOOK) and paperback
(5) Raised In Paradise (2009) to be  (E BOOK) and paperback now

Second Series called The Little Eagle Series  (these are with the publisher with expect publish dates noted)
(1) Indian Summer April (2010)
(2) Christmas With Little Eagle August (2010)
(3) Little Eagle Saves A Spy December (2010)
(4) The Golden Cross February (2011)
(5) White Panther's Legacy March  (2011)

Third Series, The White Panther Series (all written and awaiting edit, proof and final) Complete set expected out by 2011 but we are saying 2012 to be safe. O'Bannon Castle is out and ready for purchase.

(1) O'Bannon Castle Published in e-book and paperback  June (2010) (E BOOK)
(2) The following will be available in (2012)
(3) A Spy Saves Little Eagle (2012)
(4) Upholding Family Traditions
(5) White Bird Returns

A fourth series is underway. Titles in this section are subject to change.
(1)Steam Valley or alternate title Paradise Valley (Ready for rewrite to update.)
(2)Robin Long Bird  (finished) to be entered in a contest early next year.
(3)Wisnook Treasure
(With more to come.)
--
http://paradiseseries.embarqspace.com/#

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B002CB3V24

A book by my son, the other Dr--Professor McGinnis
http://www.amazon.com/Transformation-Julius-Caesar-Hendrix-Thunder/...

http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/109379

A book by my daughter Professor Cynthia McGinnis
The Art and Mystery of Math


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