Tips of the Trade
I’ve been a published author for eleven years and have learned a thing or two that have made a difference for me with regard to interest and the sale of my books. I honestly believe there is no fail proof formula that you can follow that will make you successful. Success is in the eye of the beholder. Since I’ve never looked at writing as anything more than a hobby, never had any great expectations, I feel successful with every royalty check I receive that proves some of you enjoy my books.
I wanted to share two of the things that I’ve noticed have made a difference.
Covers – an eye-catching cover done professionally is very important. However, there are times when even that doesn’t seem to draw interest in your book. So occasionally I’ll give my books a face lift with a new cover. Then promote it. I’ve noticed it generates new interest which adds up to new sales.
Title – Happy Birthday, Baby! has done terrible for me, and it’s really a cute little erotic story about a woman letting her hair down on her milestone 50th birthday. The cover is okay, but when I search ‘happy birthday baby’ on Amazon the book comes up among a page of children’s birthday books. You have to add ‘by Tory Richards’ to get the book to come up. Right now the book is with a publisher so I can’t make any changes.
For that reason I Google my titles before I decide on one, plus I want to see how many other books have the same title. I don’t want a title that will be in competition with a hundred other books, unless it’s a title I really have my heart set on.
I know that these two tips seem to be a given, I’m just sharing my own experiences. Could be coincidence but those little changes have made a difference with regard to generating new interest in some of my books. Ebooks are out there forever. They have no shelf life. So you should be constantly promoting them.
A Soldier’s Promise used to have a different book cover, and the title was The Promise, when it was with a publisher.
Here’s the blurb from A Soldier’s Promise
Keeping promises is important to Ryan, but keeping his promise to his younger brother David will be hard. David’s final wish is for Ryan to watch over his wife and daughter, but Ryan’s been in love with Shannon for years. This holiday season, Ryan will learn he can keep his promise and still have his heart’s desire.
“I wasn’t going to dance with him.” Their gazes held for a long moment before Shannon asked softly, “Can I ask you a question, Ryan?”
“Is the only reason we’re dancing now because you felt duty bound to protect me?”
His surprised expression revealed it was the last thing he expected her to ask, as they swayed slowly beneath the dim lights. The wood dance floor was crowded, forced them to remain in a tight circle, and Shannon closer against him. The masculine scent of soap and man assailed her senses, drugging her until she was under his spell. Desire began to weave slowly through her system, intensifying when she felt his arousal.
“What do you think?”
She took a deep breath, as though to draw courage from it. “I think you’re a very honorable man. And because of that you’d protect anyone weaker than you, even someone you don’t particularly like.”
His gaze narrowed on her like a hawk zeroing in on prey. “You think I don’t like you?”
Shannon’s first thought was to say no, only how could she say that when his arousal was pressing against her? “I’m not sure what you feel about me, after all, we don’t know each other very well. But I get the impression that you don’t want to like me. Does being around me remind you too much of David? I know it must be painful…”
The mention of his brother’s name turned his expression to stone. A muscle began to twitch in his taut jaw. “Don’t mention David’s name again when you’re in my arms, Shannon,” he muttered through clenched teeth. The glare in his eyes held her captive. “You think I don’t like you? What is my body telling you?”
Tory Richards is a fun-loving grandma who writes smut. Born in 1955 in the small town of Milo, Maine, she’s lived most of her life in Florida. Today she lives with her daughter and her family. She has her own woman-cave which she shares with four felines whose main goal in life is getting as much cat hair on everything that they can.
Penning stories by hand and then on manual typewriter at the age of thirteen, Tory was a closet writer until the encouragement of her family prompted her into submitting to a publisher. She’s been published since 2005, and has since retired from Disney to focus on family and writing.
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