So I received TWO emails back from two DIFFERENT publishing houses interested to learn more about my book. Let me just say that I am ecstatic I didn't think I would hear anything for months and it would probably be negative. So one wanted my full manuscript- no problem. The other (a larger company) wanted the next three chapters and ideas for my marketing plan.
Marketing Plan? What the hell is that? So I've been doing some research and trying to figure out what I'm going to say back to this woman. I don't want to sound like an idiot! So I ask for your help? Firstly, here's what I've found.
Number One- Figure out your goals!
At first I thought, well obviously I want to sell my book. It's more than that. Do you want to be a best seller or just get your book out there. I had some trouble answering this question. I mean I want my book to do well but I don't have crazy goals. I guess I just want people to like my book.
Number Two- Audience!
It is completely unrealistic for all of you people who say your book is for everyone. It's not. Best sellers sell around two to three million copies. That many only reach three percent of the reading population. The odds that your book relates to everyone is very VERY slim. If you narrow down your audience and appeal directly to them, the odds that your book does well is high.
Number Three- Budget :(
I hate this one. I wish there was a way to get around the money aspect but there really isn't. You have to spend some money to get your book going. Whether that be buying adds, ordering books for free copies, creating a book trailer. All of that will pay off. The more you put in, the more you get out!
At first I didn't think this was important. I mean really who cares what the theme of the book is. They read it for the drama, the story and if there is a moral so be it. I am wrong, just for the record. The book shouldn't just be there for the story. You want your reader to gain some understanding, to learn something or to witness something important. Theme is important to establish because you can do a lot with it.
© Taylor Lavati 2017
What Readers Have to Say...
"An absolutely heart wrenching read that shows us that at times no matter how much we hope, darkness will find its way to win. "
-Blogger's From Down Under for A Reliant Love
"So this book is the ultimate love story. I like how two ordinary people who is so different and still so alike in so many ways can overcome everything together."
-Angelica Berglund for For The Love of Hockey
"I never thought I would read a "zombie book", much less love one. The Last Legacy really surprised me. Even with the whole people-eating-people thing, it was a fantastic book"
-Melannie S for The Last Legacy
"I could not wait to start book two. If this book was as good as book one, then I knew I wouldn't be disappointed. It wasn't as good as book one...it was better. "
-Keely Retchloff for Finding Sam
"The powers, the love, the excitement, the drama kept me so enthralled. If you are looking for a GREAT series about true love and mythology, look no further... I wish I could rate 10 stars! Definitely recommend this whole series to all my book loving friends!"
-The Book Blog for A Curse Books Trilogy
"For the Love of Ash" by Taylor Lavati was a rare 5-star read for me. I honestly find many typical romances rather dull and predictable. This was not the case at all here; there was nothing average about the romance, overall storyline, and the long list of supporting characters."
-Summer's Book Blog for For The Love of Ash
"Wingless isn't what I would normally pick up and read, but thought I'd try it out and I am so glad I did. The characters and "worlds" she creates are done so well that you can actually picture them and feel like you are there right along with the characters."
-JLH for Wingless
For The Love of Hockey | January 2016
The Price of Love | 2017