What do you expect?
I was going to save this for the end of the year but I’d thought I’d give you mid year update on sort of what it takes to successfully promote a new book guerilla style.
What does that mean exactly? It means risking everything to make yourself, your story and your book a success. It’s June 4th, approximately six months since my novel, Thomas Riley, came out. So far, I’ve been to 20 different cities, had 25 events, been to 2 countries, traveled 16,150 miles (that’s and average of 88.5 miles traveled every day for book promotion only), and stayed in 17 hotels. This is just 2010 mind you. Below is a map of the states I’ve had events in so far:
By year’s end the map will look more like this:
The point of all this is there are massive amounts of books published every year. I’ve heard anywhere from 100,000 to 250,000. How many of those books are actually successful? Not many. The idea here was born out of a touring band mentality. If you work your butt off, risk everything and have a good story, you can’t be ignored. You have to do things that other authors won’t do or are afraid to do. For those serious about making an impact with writing, fear begats failure. Do everything you can. Sacrifice will become your motto. If this is a labor of love then you should enjoy every bit of it. My reward has been ten fold compared to what I’ve given up. I’ve seen the country, I’ve truly met the most amazing people on Earth, and I’ve sold a happy amount of books along the way.
So go forth, believe in yourself like no one else will and turn the world upside down.