I couldn’t argue with him… it’s not like my novels are flying off the (digital) shelves, after all. I’ve gotten some decent ratings from my books, but never compliments on my covers… and very few sales overall. I have to consider that the quality of my covers may be a major stumbling block in selling my work.
It’s no secret that I’ve been holding off from writing anything new lately, as I’ve been concentrating on the flagging sales of my existing books. I’ve also been spending time discussing the issue on various forums. Unfortunately, most of the advice I’ve gotten hasn’t been very helpful—mostly variations of “suck it up and write, already” and “you’re crazy to want money out of your books.”
Though many of the responses have been essentially negative, I haven’t been chased out of the writing biz yet. Nor have I changed my mission, which is to create a stable of books that contributes in some small to my bottom line. However, I have also not altered my plans to work on improving sales of my existing books; if I can’t get the present ten books, many of which have 4-5-star reviews, to sell in this marketplace, I just can’t see a good reason to write more books that won’t sell.
So, the mission continues: Writing is taking a hiatus while I work on marketing and promotion; and if anyone has some good ideas for my marketing and promotional efforts, helping me to get back on track sooner (and that includes any efforts made to spread the word to new readers), there may be something in it for you.