Many first-time authors apply Wizard of Oz marketing. Once their book is published, they start with whirlwind activity but soon find themselves in unfamiliar territory. Initially, they are not sure where they want to go, but eventually find a path to reach their goal. There are many obstacles along the way, but there is also support if they look for it.
Authors soon learn they need to think through the journey, create a plan and learn new skills for marketing and sales. They also need the courage to do what is necessary to reach their goals, such as moving out of their comfort zone to call buyers and overcome rejection. They also need heart, with enthusiasm, self-motivation, creativity and commitment.
Once they reach their goal all the activity becomes familiar and routine, and they feel at home with their new-found intelligence, bravery and passion. Yes, there is no place like home.
Brian Jud is the Executive Director of the Association of Publishers for Special Sales (APSS – www.bookapss.org), and the administrator of Book Selling University (www.booksellinguniversity.com) Contact Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.premiumbookcompany.com