Are You a Writer? Most of the Followers of This Blog Are…

why does my book not sell I am too, have been for nearly 30 years.  I also own a Writing and Editorial Consultancy firm, Margaret Langstaff Editorial. I work every day with writers trying to make their books better before publication.

But even the best book in the world, one people really would like to read, fails in the marketplace if it receives poor promotion.  This fact of life is true for both conventionally published books and self-published books.

Publishers make a lot of marketing promises to get you to sign a contract and all too often fail to perform once you do.  If you are self-published, you are even more vulnerable.  For if your self-published book is not marketed properly it does not have a chance at all.  And what do most self-published writers know about book marketing?

Almost nothing.

Look at Twitter, look at Facebook. It’s pathetic how many writers shoot themselves in the foot every day all day long. Turn off potential readers, dig themselves ever deeper into a hole of oblivion.

Someone in the biz urged this book on me, said it would help my clients.  Well, I’m all for that!  But I was skeptical.  There is so much half-baked garbage out there by self-styled experts, I usually turn a deaf ear. So I wasn’t expecting much.  But she delivers. I was surprised.

I’m not going to write a full blown review of WHY DOES MY BOOK NOT SELL? 20 Simple Fixes by Rayne Hall. There are plenty on Amazon.  Check those out. I’m just going to say she has the creds (publishing, marketing) and has earned her stripes. She’s practical, knows what works, what doesn’t, and she makes a lot of sense.

I recommend her book to any writer who wants a decent return on his or her investment. It’s not the last word, but it’s a great start, the best brief to the point guide I’ve yet seen.

About Margaret Jean Langstaff

A lifelong critical reader with literary tastes, a novelist, short story writer, essayist, book critic, and professional book editor for many years. A consultant to publishers and authors, providing manuscript critiques and a full range of editorial services. A friend and supporter of all other readers and writers. A collector of signed modern first editions. Animal lover and tree hugger. Follow me on Twitter @LangstaffEditor
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5 Responses to Are You a Writer? Most of the Followers of This Blog Are…

  1. Rosie Amber says:

    I’ve read this book and also recommend it to writers, I’ve also found lots of useful info in a couple of others from Rayne’s writers craft series. I’ve read “Twitter for Writers” and “The Word Loss Diet”.

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  2. bowmanauthor says:

    As a writer/editor working most of my life to improve other writers’ media, especially journalism and government documents, I’m finally retired and writing my own fiction, my personal love and passion. I too have found many self-proclaimed coaches and promotional experts lacking in the trite and repetitive info they use to sell their own books and programs. I’m pleased to see you have found some real meat in this book. I can’t wait to check it out! With so much volume in the self-publishing field, much of it inferior quality/unreadable, I’m glad to see there’s some worthwhile material out there. Thanks!


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