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Marketing a Novel

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Re: Marketing a Novel

Post by Margaret » Fri November 16th, 2018, 3:31 am

I still think the best way to go is the old-fashioned way of finding a good agent who can sell your book to a good publisher. That said, there's so much competition out there, that to succeed that way the book has to be really, really well written--not necessarily in the literary sense, though that's certainly a great thing, but it has to grab and hold a reader's attention from the moment they see the title, cover and blurb. So that's the reason there are a lot of self-pubbed authors out there, whether because for whatever reason they don't want to pursue the lengthy route of finding an agent (which can take years for a first-time author, even for a book that will ultimately be successful), or because they've been down that lengthy route and were unable to find an agent and/or publisher.

As a reader and reviewer, I totally agree with Lisa about the need for a cover that looks professional. I've reached the point where if I can tell the book is self-pubbed because the cover looks even slightly amateurish, I won't bother with it. But I did once apologize to an author who published with a small press that gave her book a klunky cover. Many months later, I picked it up, got hooked by the opening pages, read it all the way through and loved it. That publisher did her a terrible disservice with that cover.
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