Note: In case you’re wondering, this post is a followup to this (which received a bucketful of comments). I respond to each and every comment, BTW].
Ok…so I’m getting a LOT of emails/comments from readers upset with me about that cliff hanger in my previous email and blog post.
Sorry about that…
Anyway, as I suggested in the last post I’ve been feeling reluctant to talk about something.
But it’s *niggling away* so here goes…
As you may or may not know, this whole ‘helping writers’ thing we do has gotten WAY out of control (in the best possible way).
When we first started BubbleCow over 5 years ago . . . We never in a million years DREAMED we would have the opportunity to positively impact so many writers.
We have been blessed to have helped thousands of people starting on their writing career.
And I’ve been deeply touched by all the emails and letters you’ve sent us over the years (and from all over the world).
Perhaps the best thing for me is the amount I have learned. Each day I speak and chat to writers and each day I learn something new about your needs, problems and possible solutions.
For example, only last week a writer talked me through the process of how she had tested ‘tags’ for her Amazon listed self-published books. She explained that including the word ‘wolverine’ (her books are fiction about wolves), significantly increased the ranking of her books!
So here’s the thing…
- Nicely asked.
- Strongly encouraged.
- Pleaded with me . . .
…To share the accumulation of what we have learned over the last years (and to share and teach the art of writing your own books and then selling enough to make it worth your while).
I am in a unique position, since I not only have an agent and published books (giving me insight into the way the traditional publishing world create and sell books), but also have tonnes of experience with self-published books and how to sell them online.
And then there’s BubbleCow. After all, BubbleCow lives on the internet!
We have never paid ANYTHING for traditional advertising. Instead, we have used the internet 100% to grow our business (I know numbers can be meaningless but we have 11K Twitter followers for @bubblecow and 700+ Facebook followers).
For YEARS I’ve resisted teaching this stuff.
I made the usual mundane excuses like, “I don’t have enough time” and “I’m too busy with editing writer’s books.”
I also wondered if I was even capable of teaching everything we had learned over years of doing this. Concepts and big ideas are great, but you need practical step-by-step guides that will REALLY help you to take the actions you need to sell books. (Day in and day out, now, I’m realizing just how small this kind of thinking was).
Oh. And I’m also a bit of a 100% guy.
Ok “a bit” is a understatement . . . I’m a FULL BLOWN perfectionist.
I have realized that I simply cannot go half-way with this. As far as I am concerned – its **all the way** or not at all.
If we are going to put BubbleCow at risk, then I need to provide the ‘perfect’ solution to writers.
So… I’m Seriously Considering Doing This
Despite my fears I am seriously considering pulling back the curtain and showing you just about everything I know about how to market and sell your books in a way that will bring you success.
And sharing stuff I’ve never publicly shared with ANYONE about how we have used Twitter, Facebook, blogging and emails to build an online presence.
These are techniques that really work… (BubbleCow is proof of this, remember we have never spent anything on advertising).
(I would have LOVED to have had this training years ago when we were just getting started).
If I Do This, It Will Be A LOT Of Work.
I’m excited about sharing stuff with you, but I’ve been around long enough to know that my small projects quickly get out of hand and turn into big ones (I am the big 40 remember!)
So I only want to do this if there’s enough interest.
So I want to know . . .
- What do you think?
- Should I do this?
- Would you be interested?
Your feedback and thoughts are gold dust to me at this point. They will either throw fuel on this idea or kill it dead in its tracks.
And I don’t want to even think about doing this unless there’s enough potential interest.
Anyway, if you have a second, please leave a comment below and let me know what you think.
It would mean a lot to me, and I’ll do my best to respond to each and every comment.