We authors , and I’m including all writers and bloggers, are big business. We may never be best sellers or make much money. But a multitude of businesses make money from us.
Marketers sell reports and how-to courses for promoting book and article sales. Educators teach how to write a book that sells. Illustrators design the irresistible cover.
Free webinars always have an upsell. That gift report always has a must-have offer you need to buy to make it really useful. Author services come at a cost. The costs ratchet up.
In the good old days, writers just wrote or didn’t. Some went on the rampage instead.
Publishers bore the costs and the publicity–even lent them money.
The great editor Maxwell Perkins nannied authors as varied as F.Scott Fitzgerald and Hemingway. He persuaded them through the bad times, celebrated the good.
Now, whether we are traditionally published, small press published or Indies, sales are up to us.
Author Services–Do You Need Them?
I was dead against it. I couldn’t afford extra costs. I wanted my book to pay for me, not me to pay for my book.
I started with the intention of Indie publishing but decided that trad was the best way to kick off my writing career. Many associations like the CWA, the MWA, and the equivalent Romance organizations still do not accept self-published books. It also meant I had access to a great editor and cover artist for free. I did not have to prepare and format my own manuscript. I did not have to upload it and hawk it round various distributors.
I have help and advice on promotion and a network of fellow writers for support. All I have to do is collect reviews and sell my book…
All I have to do…
It takes so much time, I can hardly get my work done, far less write the next book. So, I’m voting for Author Services. Do you agree?
P.S. If you’re going the same route, just don’t spend money you don’t have.
Today’s Tips: Author Review Sites
Awesome Gang: free and low-cost book promotion options.
Author Marketing Club: free options but has a well-reviewed premium option. Pricey but if you hunt around, you can find a lot of free help and advice too.
Al today’s images free from Pixabay. My heartfelt thanks.