Saturday, May 11, 2013

How to sell loads of books

In case you don't recognize the man, that's Russell Blake, a writer's writer.  For twenty-three months, he's been on a writing quest that has taken him to amazing heights in the business and his venture is burning brighter today than ever.

Not only is Russell a master of the art of writing, he has also mastered the connected-at-the-hip art of marketing what he writes.  But the best part, from my point of view, is that he is always willing to help another writer - I know.  I've gone outside, turned toward Mexico and called his name many times - he has not only answered every question (with answers that work) and shared his trade contacts, he even let me use one of his characters, Captain Romero Cruz, in my soon to be available book, Southern Investigation - Tucson.

May 7th Russell posted a blog that he called, How to sell loads of books.  I just added the 60th Comment to the post.

Here's the opening passage:

Over the last week, because of my burst of posts on the Kindle Boards, I've gotten a number of PMs from authors asking for counsel on one matter or another, so I thought I would take the time to lay out my thoughts so that the info is available to everyone.  Obviously, this is intended for authors.  Readers, just skip over this, it's all technical crap you won't be that interested in, unless you're a masochist.

This does not represent the only way to do things, but it's my way, and is the synthesis of everything I've learned over the last 23 months of self-publishing:  finish on Russell's site:

There may be better advice for independent writers out there in the ether, somewhere, but never in my voyages through the universe have I seen it, or even gotten a whiff of it.

Thank you my friend - you are a class act.