Not sure where I read this but it went like this:
70% of people have the idea for a great book
20% of the people will write it
10% will market it
If I flip this over, I would say:
10% of the job is writing a book
20% is publishing it
70% of success is marketing your book
I have a healthy respect now for writers who actually publish in print (sorry while ebooks are good, isn’t the same). There is a lot of hard work that goes into getting a book printer.
BUT, successfully marketing your book is a different beast altogether. Sure you use word of mouth, Facebook, blogs, business cards, flyers, etc…
But what actually works?
Well if you know comment here, lol, because I am still working this out.
I have posted for 25 reviewers on http://www.goodreads.com, feedback is essential for the success of any book. Get all your friends and family to read your book and post feedback. Where should they post:
http://www.amazon.com (post for all formats of book: hardback, paperback, kindle)
http://www.goodreads.com (make sure your book is listed there, you can do giveaways also)
http://www.smashwords.com (great place to get your ebook published to the main suppliers)
http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/home (for Canadians)
Amazon is by far the most important; you want to build your rating there.
I am sure there is a lot I missed, so comment away with your ideals for success…
(Parts 1-3 can be found at my other blog)