Carina Press author and RU founder Adrienne Giordano gives us an update into her life as a newly published author. Adrienne highlights the detours, the switchbacks and the necessary pit stops on the road to marketing her books. www.AdrienneGiordano.com
To all the RU faithful out there, you know I’ve been fairly open about my struggle with my rankings addiction. Well, I’m pleased to say I’m making great strides in my efforts to battle back from this energy zapping, time consuming, emotionally draining problem.
After I outed myself about my rankings addiction, I knew I had to get control of my tendency to refresh my Amazon page every hour. Looking back on it, I shake my head because that behavior was incredibly destructive. If the ranking went up, so did my mood. If it went down, so did my mood.
That’s when I got lucky and ran across an article in my Twitter feed. I think every aspiring author should click here and read this post by Bob Mayer.
Go ahead, I’ll wait…
Now that you’ve all taken a moment to read the post, I will tell you the first time I read it I sat a little stunned, like someone had whapped me on the head. I read it again. Then again. Finally, I yelled “Yes! Thank you, Bob Mayer!”
My husband found this a bit odd, for reasons I’m sure you can imagine, but I quickly explained myself.
The title of the post may be “What Does It Take To Succeed in Self-Publishing?” but I think the overall message is important. The message I heard was that success in the publishing world does not come overnight. No matter how hard we think we’ve worked.
Looking back on the first month after my release, I think my expectations got wildly out of whack. During my release week, I saw Man Law soar in the rankings.
That early success poisoned my thinking. I figured since I’d gotten some nice ranking results that the book would magically stay there. Not so. I have since watched the rankings on my books go up and down like an escalator and have been forced to get comfortable with it.
I’m slowly learning that a reader base is built over time and, low and behold, each time one of my books has launched, my rankings have gone up. It seems so simple now. With each book, I pick up more readers. If they like the book, they tell their friends and their friends buy a book. Pretty basic stuff.
This past weekend, I was lucky enough to see my second book, A Just Deception, land in the number 56 spot on the B&N top 100 Nook books list. I have no problem admitting it was a rush. It’s the thing every author dreams of, isn’t it? Seeing your book on a top 100 list somewhere? It’s like hitting the jackpot. For me, what comes with all that exhilaration though is preparing myself for the eventual slide down the list. I’m thrilled to say my recent rankings addiction recovery has taught me to accept that this is part of the process.
I’m trying to force myself to look at my publishing journey the same way I looked at graduating from college. When I graduated from college, I didn’t expect to get a job as a CEO of a Fortune 500 company. Nope. My first job out of college was as an administrative assistant to a guy who threw staplers at me. I worked hard though and was rewarded with a better job. And then a better job after that.
With that in mind, I have Bob Mayer’s answer to what it takes to succeed in publishing taped to the board next to my desk. In case you missed it, here’s his answer: Good books. A lot of hard work. Focus. Consistency. Accepting that marketing is an integral part of being a writer.
I’m hanging on to that. How about you? What do you think it takes to succeed in publishing? Tell me what you think and I’ll enter your name in a drawing for a copy of Risking Trust.
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Bio: Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and women’s fiction. She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her work-a-holic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). She is a co-founder of Romance University blog. For more information on Adrienne’s Private Protectors series please visit www.AdrienneGiordano.com. Adrienne can also be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AdrienneGiordanoAuthor and Twitter at http://twitter.com/AdriennGiordano.
Adrienne’s books available at:
- My Dirty Secret, by Adrienne Giordano
- Congratulations Adrienne!!
- The Best Advice
- Weekly Lecture Schedule for November 14-18, 2011
- The Road to an Agent with Adrienne Giordano