Lot’s Cave believes in providing our authors and readers with the best experience possible. To do this, we’ve learned a few tricks. Maximizing the potential of each book an author produces is only part of what we do. Over the years we’ve collected feedback from our readers, listened to our authors, and improved with the times. Now, we’d like to share a few secrets along the pathway to success.
Know What You’re Writing
This may seem like a simple step, but Lot’s Cave often receives manuscripts that fail to sell themselves. Before an author submits a manuscript, or even sits down to write their first story, they need to understand the basics. Writing what you enjoy, or even think readers will enjoy, isn’t enough. Basic knowledge of the market is essential. Remember, you can write what you want, but publishers don’t have to accept it. Increase your chances at submission by working smarter not harder.
Know Your Sales Potential
Writing only for enjoyment and think you can skip this step? Think again. Everything boils down to sales. Those writing as a hobby or for the love of writing need to understand the sales dynamics involved. Lot’s Cave wants our authors to succeed along with us. To do this, we want authors to make the most of their time. What we’ve come to learn is that while many authors don’t care about getting rich off their books, they do care about the number of books sold. Because authors often use their sales to judge reader acceptance, it’s important to know the popularity of your book’s theme. While it goes without saying, certain sub-genres sell better than others. Think about whether you’re prepared for your book selling more or less in its competitive niche.
Know Your Sub-genre
Lot’s Cave gets its fair share of manuscripts. We tend to notice when an author or writer knows to pitch their book’s sub-genre. Sure, there are sub-genres within sub-genres, but authors need to know their particular theme. Writing Romance isn’t enough, nor is there a formula. Authors looking to get the most out of each and every book nail down a sub-genre. In an ever growing industry, knowing your book’s niche matters more than ever. If you’re expecting a reader to buy your book, you better tell them what they’re getting ahead of time. Yes, you can still be creative in the process. We promise.
Know How To Pitch Your Book
Don’t like begging readers to buy your book? Then let your book sell itself. In the day of eBooks, there’s one rule above all others: title, cover, blurb. If you don’t know how your cover, title, and blurb work together, start learning. Great books fail to attract readers every day because of lackluster titles, covers, or blurbs. Many authors feel their work ends at a first draft. Don’t fall into this trap. Lot’s Cave is always willing to help our authors maximize their metadata. However, we need a foundation. If you, the author, don’t care enough to lay a foundation to work from, why should we? The first step in selling your book is first not selling it short.
Know What You Don’t Know
Writing is a journey, and you can’t expect to know everything right away. If you’ve laid a basic foundation for your catalog, start writing. Will your first book be perfect? No. The important thing is it’s a start. From that humble beginning, authors have risen to learn a great deal about themselves and readers alike. Starting with your first book, ask what you can do better. Filling in those gaps in your knowledge will be what leads you to success. There are great resources available online, smart and successful authors utilize them!
Unsure of how to start getting the most out of your catalog? Try reading or taking a look at the questions below:
- Who represents my average reader?
- What category and sub-genre am I writing?
- Where do I want my writing career to go?
- How do my books satisfy readers’ expectations?
- Why am I writing?