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Will My Book Sell?April 15, 2009 by Sam Henrie, President
A question I am frequently asked is, “Do you think my book will sell?”
Even if I absolutely love your book, I still don’t know how well it will sell. I know I’ll buy a copy, but that’s all.
You, the author, have the key information that will tell you if your book will sell.
First is, what are the likely buyers of your type of book looking for, what are their buying habits, where can they be found, and how many of them are there? In almost every case, the author of a book is also a likely buyer of similar books. What do you look for in a book?
Wheatmark does offer some tools to assist you in this area. We have a Marketing Analysis service to help you determine how well you book will sell in a given market. We also offer an Editorial Analysis that will help strengthen your book.
The second part of the equation, though, is how committed you are to building your author platform. Only you can determine how much time, money, and effort you are willing to spend on marketing your book. Even if your actual market will be an easy one to crack, you’ll still have to work diligently to get your book in front of the right readers.
There are hundreds of thousands of reader markets out there, and you, the author, know the tastes and habits of the ones you are writing for. If you don’t, you need to find out fast. No one can do this as effectively as you, the expert in your content. Wheatmark can help you narrow your focus, but in the end, the success of your book will be up to you the author.
So be your own acquisitions editor! Decide if you have a great book, know its potential buyers, and be committed to doing the work needed to connect with them, and then take the plunge into your next chapter as a successful author!
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