I had no interest in doing serious marketing or having writing be my full-time career so I didn't worry too much about it; I left it enrolled there for the entire school year. Now that it is summer and I am doing some more serious research and marketing (in between summer camps and lesson planning) I can't wait for my book to get free of KDP Select.
Hopefully once that is through I can use a lot of these marketing strategies that you have all been talking about to go out there and make a bit more of an impression. Since I am a teacher, it isn't about making money to me, it is about touching students. So many of the kids I teach need better role models, need books that touch on specific interests, and that's what I hope to give them.
A lot of the things you are saying about writing I have no problem with; many of the elements of good writing are taught in high school senior English. I was such a nerd in high school that I kept everything from that class, used it in my college English classes, and so on. I also have an endless array of people who are willing to proofread, edit, and discuss anything I throw at them. It is the marketing side I have a lot to learn about.
I think it needs to be a balance of good writing and good marketing. If you write an amazing book, that doesn't just mean that everyone will automatically pick it up and read it. And vice versa, if you market like crazy but your book is worthless, people are going to realize it is worthless and say as such. Good discussion. I'm taking it to heart.
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