From author Gwen Bristol:
This past month the local writer’s group I’m a member of held its own book-fair at one of the local parks.
For the first hour, I went, mingled with my fellow writers and watched the band and food vendors set up for the weekly Fridays on Vine concert. Everyone seemed excited, hopeful that the concert and the sign welcoming the public to come meet local authors would bring a stream of locals through the pavilion.
No one said it aloud, but we all watched people gathering on the grass and at the picnic tables as if we might know some of them. As if they might see us, come running in (with their friends, of course) and buy books.
Only a handful of visitors trickled through while I was there, and I don’t think more than a few books got sold, but I still consider the night a success.
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I overheard one author say to another, “I don’t know. Sometimes I think we’re all just buying books from each other.”
That may be true. I came home with stacks of bookmarks and two books from my fellow authors, but here’s the deal:
To succeed, self-published authors and traditionally-published authors with little or no marketing budget must be united.
We need to sell the works of other authors as well as our own writings. We need to pass out those bookmarks to every potential reader we meet.
In a world where Talkers and Sneezers make ideas like great books go viral, we need to form tweet teams and street teams that will actually pound the pavement occasionally.
We need a village, and we need to sell to the villages we live in.
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