Writer has to become a marketer
by Heath Jones
The Lost Treasure of Persia (The Adventures of Skye Belle)
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You are certainly right, how times have changed! I've been writing for many years, mostly just for the creative enjoyment. But I recently decided to self publish a children's ebook for 8-12 year olds, The Lost Treasure of Persia
Going through the process of Amazon was much easier than I had ever thought, so once the book was up there, I breathed a huge sigh of relief then waited for the buyers to come along.
As expected (in hindsight at least) nothing happened. A couple of friends and family bought the book, but otherwise nothing. (Part of the problem is probably due to the fact that I am a writer and not a graphic designer, so the ebook cover I created reflects my lack of talent in that area.)
But I was certain that the ebook was the way of the future and that the future was with us now.
But this is a children's book, so children are the audience, and although the market of kids who read ebooks is growing, it is certainly not the same as the adult population who read ebooks.
So now, after having some really encouraging feedback from kids who had read the book (even kids I don't know, which is always better!) I am investigating the traditional print publishing route.
The weird thing though is that most applications etc. to publishers want to know about your plans for marketing the book. I thought that was what publishers did!
So, now as a writer I have to learn to become a marketer - not least of all to get the attention of a publisher. But, I have a passion for these children's stories, and wanting kids to know the truth about what they believe so that they will continue on in their faith as they grow, so I'll keep persevering.
Best of luck to all of you who want to encourage children in the Lord through stories.