Marie Rose Dufour got me to thinking about this after I read her Tuesday post. So...thanks a lot, Marie!
The first book I ever published continues to be my bestseller. I have no idea why.
Is it the best book I ever wrote? Yeesh, I hope not. To think I peeked there and have been going downhill ever since is depressing.
But I couldn't tell you which of my other stories would be better. Seems like the "one I just finished" is always the best because it's freshest in my mind. But if your stories are like your babies, then you really can't have a favorite; they're all special in their own way. And to me, they are.
So it's very hard to watch one of my books get more attention than the others, especially the first one. I see it succeed, and I get to thinking, "I did it once, I can do it again." Then, I don't do it again. And hmm. What went wrong?
So my new mission in life is to publish a NEW story that will sell more copies than The Stillburrow Crush.
Still don't know how to do this yet, but...I have a few ideas.
-A rocking book cover.
-Affordable price (seems like 99 out of the top 100 books in the bestselling list on Amazon is $2.99 or cheaper)
-Great story, of course.
-A blurb that pulls you in and make you want to start reading NOW!
-Getting the word out about it.
-Writing something that readers are currently buying like crazy.
Can you think up any other factor that makes a book SELL?
Writing just for the pleasure of writing remains number one priority to me! Selling really is secondary--REALLY! I'll keep creating stories, no matter what. But beside all that, this will be a new side goal for me. Do you ever make side-goals for yourself?
Another one of my side goals is to write a book that will sell in an actual real-life book store some day.
Well, that's all I have to talk about today. Have a good Friday!