It was bound to happen. As #LitRPG has taken off, more writers (looking to capitalize on the trend) are getting their hooks into this new(ish) genre. Personally, I don’t see a problem with it. I think writers should be able to write what they want. Let the market decide. If readers buy it, the sexy side will stay-if they don’t; the writers will eventually move onto something else.
A glance at /r/eroticauthors on Reddit will quickly tell you the market is already saturated with erotica authors. Most are looking for the newest and most profitable kink. And, the pressure to write and produce content is tremendous. I guess it was only a matter of time before they found LitRPG.
Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.
Some erotica authors are just looking for a quick buck. And, their catalog suffers for it. Others have been around since before KU 1.0. Either way, it comes down to one telling face: is the book good? Does it fit the genre? Or, is it just written for a quick buck?
Hint: looking at the sales of this author and glancing at a few others, there does seem to be a market for LitRPG sexy time. Hell, I even read it. And, yes, some writers deliver some good prose.
In any event, it gives a different meaning to leveling up! You be the judge. Peace out.
For the last year we’ve been running a monthly round-up post called “Book Marketing Shots in the Dark“, in which we’ve shared some terrific advice from self-published authors around the world. Some of their success stories were arrived at almost by accident, following counter-intuitive ideas that had turned out better than anyone might have expected. But a growing number of them have resulted from intentional creativity, so from this month, I’m changing the title of the series to do better justice to the authors responsible.
The inventiveness of the indie sector is often a source of inspiration to the marketeers at trade publishers these days – go, indies!
Now on with this month’s collection of top tips – feel free to lift them for your own marketing plan.
In the spirit of the 12 Days of Christmas, I’ve compiled a dozen tried-and-true tactics for holiday book sales. These are 12 of the most effective plans and strategies we’ve seen authors use to hit it big at the cash register.
Whatever your flavor of celebration, the rapidly approaching holiday season is a great time to sell your published eBook or printed book. After all, it’s a $3 billion business for booksellers at the end of the year, and according to Dominique Raccah, CEO of Sourcebooks, 25 percent of trade books are bought as gifts.
How do you get your share?
In the spirit of the 12 Days of Christmas, I have I have a dozen tried-and-true selling ideas for the holiday season. These are 12 of the most effective plans, strategies, and tactics we’ve seen BookBaby authors use to hit it big at the cash register.
1. Plan Your Launch Around Your Goals
Whatever your goals for publishing a book, the way you promote it needs to fit around them. For example, if you want to make the New York Times bestseller list, you have to sell thousands of copies of your book from vendors who report their sales to the NYT, and you have to do it within a specific time. Your strategy could include offering a bonus to people who pre-order the book (since pre-orders count towards the first week of sales).
2. Build Relationships Before You Need Them
Start working on your book launch at least six months in advance, because that’s the minimum amount of time you need to build relationships.
Get under the radar of influencers by supporting them. If you have your own platform, like a podcast or blog, interview them and give them exposure. Sign up for their programs and be one of their success stories.
When the time comes, send influencers copies of your book, and ask for an endorsement and/or a review. If they like the book enough, they may even promote it to their audiences.
3. Engage Your Audience
Begin drumming up interest in your book by engaging your audience throughout its development. Hint that you’re up to something. Ask for their inputs on the cover design. Tease them with excerpts.
You’ll also want to keep building your audience through blog tours, interviews, and media exposure. Try signing up as a source on HARO.
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Behind most Self-publishing success stories, there’s a trail of rejection. Some writers – including very successful ones – like to add “luck” as one of those things that played a part. Much like Hugh Howey – author of the award-winning Molly Fyde Saga along with the best selling WOOL series.