Tuesday, January 8, 2013

How to Sell Your First Novel

-By RaeBeth McGee-Buda

Writing a novel is a great goal and ambition. After you take the walk down the creation path by writing your first novel, there are several key points to selling it once it’s ready. First and foremost, don’t skimp when it comes to the editing. Bad grammar within a book can hurt its sells. I have come across books where it was hard to read them because of the mistakes an editor could have caught. So remember editors are helpful and there to polish your novel up to the best it can be.
You can create a press release which will then be used for newspapers. The press release should include your books information. Such as its release date, topic, genre, etc. Press releases can also be sent to bloggers who may want to add the release to their topic friendly blog.
Once the press release is sent the next goal is to get your novel available online. There are several places a self publishing author can do this. One of the most popular is with Createspace from Amazon. Authors also use Smashwords to have their ebook distributed to Barnes and Noble, Apple, and Barker and Taylor. Don’t forget your ISBN during this step. Each version needs its own ISBN number.
After your book has been approved for the online markets of your choosing, begin planning social events- such as Facebook release parties, blog tours, etc. There are many creative ideas out there. Use them. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. There are loads of people out there that are willing to help authors. Don’t be afraid to ask.
Even after your novel is released and the parties/tours are over.. don’t stop promotion. Promotion is the key to selling your first novel.

About the author

RaeBeth McGee-Buda was born in southwestern Pennsylvania in 1987, the second daughter of Rachel Yost and Arthur Curtis McGee. RaeBeth grew up loving to read and write poetry, as well as short stories. Her childhood dream was to become a teacher. Rae Beth’s dream of writing was created in her eleventh grade literature class where writing became her passion.
RaeBeth married in August 2012 to her husband, Gregory Stephen Buda Jr. and resides in a small Pennsylvania town of Fairchance. RaeBeth is a full time mother of one and is expecting her second child.
She graduated from American Intercontinental University with her associates in business administration. She enjoys spending her time writing and feels that connecting with readers is her main goal.
RaeBeth published Silenced under her maiden name but plans to continue writing under her married name with any other works.

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