In celebration of her new release, Releasing Rage, Cynthia Sax has graciously stopped by to talk about some things she’s learned from publishing a book. If you don’t know Cynthia, why not? She’s brilliant, hilarious, and one of those people you just can’t help but love. Her Dear Wonderful Hubby (DWH) post on Facebook keep me entertained and she’s quickly become an author who’s style I admire. Psst … check out her Seen Trilogy, it’s well … it’s HOT!
Dena had a great post about the ten things she learned from publishing a book ( you can read it here.) Because I enjoyed that post so much, I decided to share five additional lessons.
1. If a writer is passionate about a book, the book is more likely to sell well.
I’m super passionate about Releasing Rage, my latest release, a sizzling cyborg SciFi erotic romance. Because I’m excited about this story, I talk about it ALL THE TIME. I talk about it when I should be promoting other stories. My enthusiasm is contagious. Reading, reviewing and blogging buddies get excited too.
Readers, if you see a writer is super enthusiastic about a story she’s written, that story might be one to put on your to-be-read pile. There’s a reason why the writer thinks this story is special.
2.You could be the exception but you’re likely not.The average writer builds her readership one reader at a time.
I was discussing this with a writing buddy today. I believe I’ve personally touched (in a good way – no bad touches here – grins) just about every reader who buys my stories. I’ve talked to readers via blog comments or Facebook chats or private messages or emails. This is one of the reasons why writers love conferences (that and it gives us an excuse to drink). We can ‘touch’ hundreds of readers at one event.
Readers, please know that we care about you. We truly do. You matter to us.
3.You could be the exception but you’re likely not.
When I first started this journey, a wonderful writing mentor told me that the average romance writer takes 10 years of consistent releases (about 3 releases a year) and consistent promotion to build a readership large enough to pay the bills.
I decided I was going to be the exception. I’d be the Stephenie Meyer (Twilight) or the E.L. James (Fifty Shades of Grey) and make it big with my first trilogy (though both of these writers worked their a$$es off, growing their readerships).
5 years and 90 plus releases later, I realize I’m well on my way to being the average romance writer. (grins) In 5 years, I hope to be able to pay the bills with my writing. Until then, I rely on my sugar daddy (my dear wonderful hubby).
Readers, the average romance writer will be writing books for you for a long time. If you love a writer, please consider reaching out to her or him and saying hi. Sign up for her newsletter (mine is here – http://tasteofcyn.com/2014/05/28/newsletter/ – I’ll be giving all of my awesome newsletter subscribers a free story in December). Friend her on Facebook.
4. Everyone is busy. We have to ask for help.
If a writer or reader or blogger asks me for help, I usually help her. If she doesn’t ask, I don’t normally help out. I figure she has everything under control or she has a bigger release in the future she’d prefer I help with or heck, I’m simply clueless and don’t notice she needs help.
Very few folks volunteer to help (Dena is one of the exceptions). We have to ask for the help we need. Then, when we ask, we should assume that some requests will go missing or will be misfiled or forgotten (we’re writers, we get book brain). Facebook will hide the message or email providers will decide the request is spam (my editor’s urgent emails ALWAYS go to spam, even though she’s on my contact list and has been sending me emails for years). If I need 1 author/blogger/reviewer/reader to help me, I contact 10. That’s usually a good number to start with.
But folks WILL help… which leads to the fifth and final lesson (from me).
5. Readers, the love always flows both ways. If a writer can help you with an event or something else, ask!
There are some wonderfully generous folks in Romanceland.
Writing is a team sport. This is why writers often boast about successes—because these successes belong to a group of people, not simply to her or to him. Editors, cover artists, formatters, publishers, agents, reviewers, bloggers, readers, fellow writers, and a zillion other people contribute to the success of any book. They don’t do it for fame or for money (laughs). They do it because they love Romanceland.
Readers, thank you for everything that you do for us. (big hugs)
Dena, thank you for inviting me into your online home (more hugs).
Such wonderful advice, Cynthia! Thank you so much for stopping by. And now, check out Releasing Rage.
Rage, the Humanoid Alliance’s most primitive cyborg, has two goals—kill all of the humans on his battle station and escape to the Homeland. The warrior has seen the darkness in others and in himself. He believes that’s all he’s been programmed to experience.
Until he meets Joan.
Joan, the battle station’s first female engineer, has one goal—survive long enough to help the big sexy cyborg plotting to kill her. Rage might not trust her but he wants her. She sees the passion in his eyes, the caring in his battle-worn hands, the gruff emotion in his voice.
When Joan survives the unthinkable, Rage’s priorities are tested. Is there enough room in this cyborg’s heart for both love and revenge?