Written by Sabrina York
What a topic. There is so much that I could share on this! But in the interest in time and space, I’d like to address the most important thing I have learned in my journey as a published author: The Secret to All Success in Everything Forever.
A Little About Me
But before we get to that, a little about me so you have some context.
I am fairly new on the scene. My first book, Adam’s Obsession was published in April of 2012, which sold as the result of a contest. Since then, I have released over 20 titles, contemporary & regency romance, and fantasy, ranging from short stories to novels. Most of my titles are with publishers like Ellora’s Cave, Decadent Publishing and Cleis Press, but I also have a self published series about a group of friends getting into all kinds of sexy situations on (the fictional) Tryst Island in the Pacific Northwest, where I live. I approached self publishing as a tool to expand my brand and bring readers to my backlist.
It’s been quite a journey—I’ve tried to use both the good and bad to chart my course. I’ve had books hit #1 on Amazon, and books that sank into the pit of despair right out of the gate.
Publishing is a fickle mistress.
But in 2014, after less than 2 years as a published author, I hit Amazon’s top 100 Erotic Authors List.
Don’t get me wrong. I don’t have any illusions I will stay there, in fact, I’ve probably sunk below the surface by now. But I did make an appearance, and I am taking that as a win.
If I want to get there again, or rise higher, I know there is one powerful tool I need to continue to hone.
The Secret to Author Success
One would think the only thing you need to be a wildly successful author is a well-written book.
One would be wrong.
To be a successful author in the market today, you need much more. For example, your well-written novel must be edited to the hilt, you must have a beautiful cover and a scintillating blurb. You need exposure, discoverability, reviews, a platform, the right categories, meta data, tags and keywords… and the list goes on. You need a memorable pen name, one that’s not too much like someone else’s and, for heaven’s sake, easy to spell. You need a website and a blog and an account on Amazon’s Author Central, Goodreads, Pintrest, Instagram, Twitter and a thousand other sites.
It seems, at times, a little overwhelming.
It need not be.
If you have the well-written book, and one other secret element in hand, everything else falls into place.
Nothing has greater potential to launch your platform into the stratosphere.
Nothing can get you where you want to go faster than this one tool.
What is it?
No matter who you are, or what you write, or where you sell, relationships are the secret to success in this business…and every other.
Relationships with Readers
Without a doubt, your most powerful relationships will be those with your readers. They are what it is all about after all. With loyal readers come advocates. People who will share the word about your work for you. Post, communicate, blog for you. Write reviews for you. Tell their friends.
In a world where millions of books are fighting for reader dollars and thousands of authors are shouting to be heard over the fray, often the strongest voice is the whisper of a friend.
In a recent poll I took on Facebook, readers overwhelmingly reported that they rely on book referrals from friends, favorite blogs or reader networks (such as book clubs) when they choose their next read.
There are many ways an author can leverage this trend, but they all boil down to cultivating, fostering and maintaining quality relationships.
A group of readers who love your work and want to share—because they like you as well?
Nothing is more powerful.
Stay tuned for Part Two on March 9, 2014
About Sabrina York
Her Royal Hotness, Sabrina York is the award winning author of over 20 hot, humorous stories for smart and sexy readers. Her titles range from sweet & sexy erotic romance to scorching BDSM. Connect with her on twitter @sabrina_york, on Facebook or on Pintrest. Check out Sabrina’s books and read an excerpt on Amazon or wherever e-books are sold. Visit her webpage at www.sabrinayork.com to check out her books, excerpts and contests. Free Teaser Book: http://sabrinayork.com/home-2/sabrina-yorks-teaser-book/ And don’t forget to enter to win the royal tiara!
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