When you wish to end your career, stop writing, and look back on your life, what thoughts would you like to have? I doubt I will ever stop since I have been doing it for so long already. But, if I did, I would like to think about all the people I had met, the adventures I had, the people I may have helped, and the friends I made. I have had more worthwhile experiences with my writing than I have from any other careers that I may have experimented with.
If you could leave your readers with one bit of wisdom, what would you want it to be? For this particular book, it would be if you want to be an author these are the things you can do to market your work. Think outside the box—use your imagination. I have found out that imagination can actually be applied anywhere not just to fiction writing and art.
Do you have any advice for writers? Number one—don’t give up! The marketing part of the process is truly a marathon. I’m still a rising author, and I’m not “there” yet, and I have not yet accomplished all the dreams and goals I have set for myself, but someone must start in the game somewhere. I may have started way back in the “bush” but I started somewhere and have come a long way with little or no help. I may have done it the hard way and had to teach myself about 90% of what I know about writing and marketing, but that’s okay. Number two—always start the marathon run with a quality product (cover, formatting, and editing). Don’t start the marathon run with a crappy product or the time, money, and sweat will be for nothing. Do not cut corners on publishing—go the extra mile here (readers will appreciate it—trust me). You will be marketing this work for the rest of its life which is now forever thanks to the digital age.
What are some of the best tools available today for writers, especially those just starting out? If you can start your platform before your book release. I had no one to talk with to know how to start so I had to do it the hard way, teach myself just about everything, and play catch-up. I did it the hard way so maybe others don’t have to. Remember to network both on and off the Internet. Utilize both new age and traditional marketing techniques whenever you can. Innovate and use your imagination!
Will you write others in this same genre? Believe it or not—yes! As I mentioned I already have an outline for another nonfiction book about bullying: Rising Above the Ashes. It will have some part of my life mixed in with metaphoric prose and poetry that also will hopefully provide hope and awareness about bullying and why it kills people and maybe save lives. I don’t know if there may be others that may come around, but it’s a possibility.
After crash landing into self publishing with nothing but the clothes she had on, author AK Taylor fought for survival with trying to market her books on a small budget. After two years of trial and error, reworking, refining, and reaching out, she has created the first survival guide for book marketing compiled of great tools and resources that can be used by any author during the rough times.
Comparing the book marketing wilderness with the real wilderness is how Taylor viewed the publishing world around her. Growing up in the woods and learning survival skills has given her this unique viewpoint for a different kind of world. When she started her search for information, a book marketing survival guide didn’t exist—until now.
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Genre – NonFiction
Rating – G
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