Published!

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My ebook is done and published, available for the world to preorder on Smashwords.com, Apple, and Barnes & Noble.  So now, you might think, I can kick back with a mint julep (I’ve never had one in my life; don’t even know what it is, but it sounds a good, kick-back beverage.) If you think this, I hate to disappoint, but you’re wrong.  Now that I’m published, the real work begins. 

Yes, writing a full-length memoir was certainly challenging, but I didn’t write a book to gather dust on a shelf, or in this case, to type forgotten pixels. I wrote this book to entertain, bring encouragement, educate, and healing to as many people as possible.  It’s time to get my message out.  It’s time to market.

But doesn’t the publisher market the book for the author who is already contemplating ideas for her next book? Some do, but not like in the olden days when publishers initiated sales through pricey marketing programs and author-speaking engagements. Today, most publishers ask the author to join the marketing team, if they even have a marketing team. And in my case, since I am the publisher, I am the person who rolls up her shirt sleeves to find readers and speaking engagements. I will get on the phone to call local pastors, many whom I have never met.  I will convince them to invite a stranger to speak at their church or conference venue. I will convince this person that I am a woman of talent, integrity, and sound knowledge. And they will trust me to “feed” their followers.  

In the publishing book business, this is called “platform.”  Building platform is an essential step for  author success, especially for nonfiction authors.

It’s a good thing I’m not shy anymore.

A Note About Preorders

The following text was borrowed from Smashwords.com and was written by Mark Coker, founder of Smashwords.

With preorders, an author’s ebook is listed in advance of the official “onsale” date. During the preorder period, customers can read a sample teaser of the book and place advance orders. The book accumulates orders leading up to the official release date. On the day the book officially goes on sale, the reader’s credit card is charged and the book is released to the customer.

Here is info for purchase a book on Smashwords:

How do I purchase a book?  First, register for a free account. This allows us to create a permanent online library where you can access your purchased books in any format. At the top right of every book page is a shopping cart logo. Simply click on it to purchase the book and then enter your credit card information and follow the simple instructions.

How do I sample a book?  We offer two online readers that allow you to sample books, and we also allow you to download book samples in various ebook formats. The author determines what percentage of the book is available for sample. If you like the sample, please support the author and purchase the book.

for more info:

https://www.smashwords.com/about/supportfaq

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/marshasusantracy

With preorders, an author’s ebook is listed in advance of the official “onsale” date. During the preorder period, customers can read a sample teaser of the book and place advance orders. The book accumulates orders leading up to the official release date. On the day the book officially goes on sale, the reader’s credit card is charged and the book is released to the customer.

How to Purchase an ebook from Smashwords.com

Some of you want to know how to purchase or preorder a book.  See the instructions below.Happy Reading, Marsha

How do I purchase a book? 
First, register for a free account. This allows us to create a permanent online library where you can access your purchased books in any format. At the top right of every book page is a shopping cart logo. Simply click on it to purchase the book and then enter your credit card information and follow the simple instructions.

How do I sample a book? 
We offer two online readers that allow you to sample books, and we also allow you to download book samples in various ebook formats. The author determines what percentage of the book is available for sample. If you like the sample, please support the author and purchase the book.

for more info:

https://www.smashwords.com/about/supportfaq

https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/marshasusantracy