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A few weeks ago I signed up for Google Book Search as a way to help market Fear Not! Discovering God’s Promises for Our Lives. According to Ray Robinson of Dog Ear Publishing, “Authors involved in Google Book Search – all authors have this option – had sales far above the authors who chose NOT to have their books included.” From what Ray said on the Dog Ear Publishing site about Google Book Search it would:

  • create new ways for potential readers to find your book
  • give readers the opportunity to browse a small portion of your book
  • show readers where to buy your book
  • let you find new ways to sell books and earn income from your book

So why wouldn’t you want to be a part of something that would boost your sales? Here’s my take on it so far:

  • It has given a new way for potential readers to find my book. In fact I’m #2 if you type in the entire title. However, if you don’t know the entire title, best do an advanced search for the book or you won’t find it.
  • For some reason I have yet to figure out, my book doesn’t have the browse feature. It doesn’t even have a preview of the cover! If cover design is one of the most important aspects of selling a book, then tell me, what chance does a book with no cover preview have? This is something I’ve got to see if I can work out.
  • Indeed it does show you where to buy the book. I was psyched to see that Fear Not! Discovering God’s Promises for Our Lives is now available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble (though, again, no cover image on B&N and apparently it’s “out of stock”).
  • As for “new ways to sell books and earn income” I’ve yet to discover any.

I can’t say that I really expected a huge jump in sales, but I was very disappointed in the total lack of results. After taking a look at the entry in Google Book Search for Fear Not! Discovering God’s Promises for Our Lives, though, I’m not at all surprised. I’m certainly going to look into improving what I can, but I have to wonder how much Lulu has to do with the dismal appearance. Then again, it could be a simple thing to overcome just like my store link was.

As always, this Independent Author is continuing to reach out to potential readers in anyway she can on The Road to Writing.

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I admit it. I’ve been slacking lately. Other than blogging, I’ve done very little work on my book or anything else of much value (except doing a bit of marketing stuff). Mostly I’ve been reading Gayle Greeno’s Ghatti books. They’re really good, but somewhat difficult to read (not exactly page turners like Erin Hunter’s Warrior books). You’d think I would be able to put them down easily enough, but I can’t. I wasn’t sure why until a couple days ago when my husband gave me a kick in the pants by asking me what he could do to help me get back on track with my writing. (That’s his way of begging for the next chapter to read. :D)

I began asking myself what, if anything, could my wonderful husband do for me. Suddenly I realized I had been hiding from the blank page, cowering in fear of what might come — nothing. It’s not a pretty thing to think of, yet it affects nearly every writer I’ve ever heard of. We fear the blank page. We fear we may not have anything “good” to put on it. If it’s not “good enough”, we wonder, should we even attempt sullying the page with ink?

Yes. We should. Let me repeat (again!) what Brenda Ueland says in her book If You Want to Write: it doesn’t matter.  She dares each of us to try to write the worst story we can because she believes even in the worst we can find great stuff.

On the bright side, I did discover something useful during my “goofing off” phase in Gayle’s books that I hope will help me write better. She has a wonderful efficiency in scene description. In a battle scene in the second book, Mind-Speaker’s Call, she doesn’t go into detail about how a ghatti was killed. She simply states that it’s skull was crushed and moves on to the next thing that happens. There’s no blood gushing, no screams of anguish, no minute descriptions of how a tail is severed. The battle just is. For me the scene felt a lot more shocking, disturbing, than if she had went into flowing detail. (Thanks, Gayle!)

It’s not a bad thing to stop and smell the wildflowers, so long as we’re not trying to hide from harmless shadows in the process, on The Road to Writing.

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