You must LEARN in order to EARN.
Nobody can be an expert in everything, but this does not mean you should not attempt to learn a little about THE BUSINESS OF BEING AN AUTHOR, and the book publishing world as a whole.
Even though I have decades of experience in the marketing game, it does not mean I have it all figured out. New avenues and technologies are ever changing and next to impossible to stay on top of. I recently marveled at an author friend’s ability to manipulate the algorithm at Amazon to push her books up the visibility ladder. This requires a level of knowledge, technical sophistication, prowess, and a willingness to pour over data that I will never have because I am not willing to LEARN it. What I did learn from our conversation was just how important meta data, categories, and keywords are when putting your book up on Amazon, Smashwords, Kobo, Ingram Spark or any other sales or distribution sites out there. I want to thank my publisher here for totally f@cking up that part of their job. A job I paid them to do. Their mistakes not only kept my book in the weeds for a year, because they made it almost completely impossible to find, but I also had to invest a couple days of my life to LEARN how to correct their errors. Now, you can pretty much type “sandwich” into the search bars of those sites and my book will pop up. Thanks again Kat.
Why did I use this very carefully researched Author Services company?
Because I was not willing to LEARN about publishing.
I was excited and in a hurry to get my book published. Two mistakes I am continuing to pay for to this day.