First, the celebration.
JAICO, a superb publishing company from India, has just published an authorized edition of “The NEW Power of Face Reading.” Available now all over India!
This is a tremendous honor, and a great opportunity for you Blog-Buddies in India to purchase an inexpensive edition that has been done just beautifully.
And now for…
My Wish — The WHY Behind It
As you read this, my literary agent is preparing to represent my books at the year’s biggest event in publishing, the Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF).
In recent years, the number of new foreign contracts for my books has been far lower than previously. Maybe no coincidence: More than before, publishers all over the world are counting on book reviews. Literally. Counting.
Not just reviews by the biggies, like Publisher’s Weekly, where I am disqualified from ever being reviewed, due to being a self-publisher. Even little reviews at Amazon and Goodreads count for a lot. They are counted. And, for all I know, drooled over.
With more and more books published each year, most publishers today work really hard at promoting their authors. In addition, their authors can spend thousands of dollars promoting each book.
Ironically… Leading-Edge Content Makes My Book Harder to Sell.
A Post-New-Age writer isn’t exactly what most publishers seek. (Yet.) Oops.
Writing on a range of (related) topics doesn’t help, either. It hurts me, marketing-wise, that I don’t specialize in just energy READING skills, energy HEALING skills, Empath Empowerment® skills, or Enlightenment Coaching.
Face reading, for instance. I don’t have the full-time job of competing against all the other face readers who are publishing today.
Sure, you may know that all these skills fit into a system, Rosetree Energy Spirituality (RES). Publishers don’t care about that. They evaluate one book at a time. Beyond that…
International publishers today are behaving a lot like the traditional New York publishing establishment in America. They think in terms of reviews and numbers, book sales and how many reviews.
For this FBF, I began by updating my book catalog for 2015. Then I was going to prepare fact sheets about my books in print. I was prepared to spend about 30 hours doing it this week. Then we had a bit of chaos over here at the blog, related to the higher volume of traffic. Something that took time to resolve, along with writing blog posts and monitoring the group for empaths on Facebook.
Pouf! There went my 30 hours and my chance to make the deadline.
No repining. This is my higher priority. Can you blame me? Still, foreign publishers and agents don’t care the least bit about a writer’s blog community.
Anyhow, I emailed my agent to ask if he could still represent me properly if I didn’t supply those special fact sheets. He’s a terrific agent, really professional. To my relief, emailing back, he answered yes. He still could represent me. (Represent me as well? Well, maybe not. That isn’t what I had asked.)
In closing he wrote, “Have fun with your blog.”
These words really stung. It brought home to me that, with this agent as well as today’s foreign publishers, I don’t act like a serious author or publisher. Because they are in the business of promoting like crazy and, especially, getting reviews.
What am I to them, a silver-haired senior with a writing hobby who likes to putter around with her little blog? You know, “Just having some fun.”
Reviews and book sales are all that will impress them. That’s just how it is.
So Here Is My Wish
Please write a short review at amazon.com. Write one for every book of mine that has helped you.
Even a couple of sentences, plus appropriate star rankings, can help RES spread. More than anything else you could do, probably.
Did you know this about posting a review at Amazon?
- Not required: That you purchased that book from Amazon.
- Not required: That you have read every page. You just need enough to have formed an opinion. (Heaven knows, some pretty nasty reviews are posted at Amazon by people who don’t appear to have read much at all.)
- Not required: That you write anything much fancier than a Facebook “Like.”
- Even a sentence counts as a review.
Please, help if you would. It felt hard, tricky, for me to ask. But, there, I’ve done it.
Thanks, of course, to those of you who have already taken that bit of time to do me such a big favor.
If you’re feeling bold and sassy, comment below with which book(s) you reviewed. One easy way to get a big thank you from me!