The Intro: Well, folks, it’s been a long weekend. I’ve just finished working three long days (12hrs) back to back over the bank holiday weekend and I’m bloody knackered!
Anyway, I’ve managed to get through all of my emails, respond to loads of tweets, answer comments, but I still have yet to catch up on my blogging. However, having done the above, I felt I must write this post first.
The Digression: I’ve had several negative emails and comments etc. in the past regarding, What’s the point in doing interviews? What good does it do? What a waste of time! and even, What’s the point? Period! It’s terrible when folk get so easily discouraged. Believe me, I’ve had my fair share of discouragement both as a writer/author and in life generally, as some of you well know. I won’t sympathise with these folk, but I do empathise more than they probably will ever know. So for those of you who would become so discouraged, I wanted to share the following uplifting news:
He finally gets there: First, I had a wonderful email from one of the authors I interviewed a couple of weeks ago. He thanked me for the interview and said he’d had very positive response and someone even bought his book! He is ecstatic about it! The person who bought his book also emailed him telling him how pleased they were with both interview and book and had gone so far as to request their own interview with me.
Now this is not the first of such emails I’ve received over the past couple of years. I have had several similar stories and they are what keep me doing Kev’s Author Interviews. 🙂
Second, You all know I’ve only had my trailer page up for one week. Yet a couple of folks have already let me know that other’s bought their books, or they bought a couple of books because they loved the trailers that they watched on my site! I couldn’t believe it! Now, I’m ecstatic!
In Conclusion: So, Why am I telling you all this? No, not to boast, because in all honesty and to be very frank. Boasting is so NOT me.
I’m sharing this with you in the hope that you will realise, it’s not all useless, interviews are not a waste of time, and there are positive outcomes to interviews and other types of promotions.
Uh, oh… The Soapbox: As authors we need to be vigilant and positive about promoting our work. We can’t expect to sell a book from one interview. If we sell one book from doing a dozen interviews, it’s one book we wouldn’t have sold had we done nothing. Interviews are a way of us saying, hey, we’re here, we exist and here’s what we’ve created! And this, my friends is the kind of attitude we need to strive to adopt.
If the world doesn’t know that you exist, how can you expect them to know you’ve written a book? And if you don’t tell the world you’ve written a book, how can you expect to sell a copy? If you do nothing, you will achieve, absolutely just that… Nothing!
So get out there and do some good!
Having said that, don’t just settle for Kev’s Author Interviews, get yourselves over to Chris, The Story Reading Ape’s blog, get yourselves over to Sally’s Sunday Show, Get yourselves over to IndieBooksEmporium… to name just a few!
Well, What are you waiting for! 😀