The book business keeps changing, just like everything else, with the exception of Earth’s orbit around the sun. That, so I understand, will continue for another five billion years. Give or take.
Though it wasn’t always so, these days an author is expected to do the marketing of their books, and therein resides my discomfort.
I am a writer. I am not a marketer.
Some writers can wear both hats and do it well, but I’m not one of them. I detest trying to sell anything, most especially me or my books, so I simply won’t do it.
But really, marketing books boils down to one major task: letting people know the book exists and where they can buy it. The rest, so the pundits say, is best accomplished by ‘word of mouth.’
About six or seven years ago I learned how list my books for sale on Smashwords and Amazon in ebook form. I’ve now learned to use CreateSpace (Amazon’s book printing arm) which means that print copies can also be ordered online.
So far I’ve done one book, Deception Bay, and it’s listed on Amazon. I just checked both Amazon.com and Amazon.ca and the print version is listed on a separate page from the ebook version. I thought both versions would be on the same page. Perhaps they would have been, if I’d done both at the same time.
So this learning curve had a nasty little surprise at the end! Of course, if you’re only interested in a paperback copy you can go direct to CreateSpace for it.
And this particular learning curve means I have a lot more work to do. One book down, eleven to go!