Sunday, March 21, 2010

Tis NOT the Season!

Oh, as the e-mails come in with a steady flow of sadness—“My book is just not selling!” I can clearly sympathize. In past, I have always been relieved that even during this “spring slow season” my books have been good sellers; not this year. Is it the economy or just lack of interest?

Traditionally, book sales slow just before Christmas and the drag typically continues through early spring. I can’t even begin to explain and pin-point a specific reason for this, it just “is what it is.” I think this year especially, we can blame it partially on economic causes. People just don’t have the money for books this year, and if they do, they are pinching it tight “just in case.” A poor economy scares everyone—even those financially well-off. They get the “what if?” attitude.

So my advice to authors is to hang in there and try to hold out until summer—don’t give up. Book sales come and go and so does a strong economy. Have faith.


Joanne Olivieri said...

Sorry about your sales, I hear that from many authors. I guess this was not the time to have my new book published. It will be ready in about a week or so.

Carrie Cooper said...

Carrie @

Thanks for the advice. Im still in the rough draft stage but have a serious time line for May as being DONE. Hopefully sales will be better then.

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Glynis Peters said...

The current climate is a problem for many authors I believe. I hope things improve for you asap.

Carlene Rae Dater said...

Sales are slow, that's why I have several books published and available. That way I always have SOME money coming in. Right now, I have eight books with five different publishers, and number nine will be out in May

myletterstoemily said...

i guess there are ebbs and flows
in every market.

but for all you authors, summer
is just around the bend. sales
will pick up soon!

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