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- Publication Date: June 30, 2017
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B071HVZD1G
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Relaunch Your Novel: Breathe Life Into Your Backlist (Write Faster, Write Smarter Book 6) Kindle Edition
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Did you get that exclamation mark? Because I won't be shouting at ya' anymore.
I have one incomplete series to my name and it sells. I write for Paranormal Romance readers, and have a strange approach to my genre but it's somehow working out for me. So now, why did I need to read this book? It does not apply to me. I have nothing to relaunch. Right? Wrong.
1. There's this UF series on my back burner, and I am debating a relaunch - this book assessed the second genre problem I have been wondering about. It showed me specific examples and launch strategies I knew but couldn't put together in a cohesive manner. Chris ALWAYS delivers a cohesive read I can follow.
2. The series SellThrough - Relaunch points out possible issues with book 1 that will help you figure out what happened there. You might die a little but damn it, don't read writing books so you can get the ego stroked, read them to learn and read them for answers to your questions.
So now...you know that book you have and it does not sell? You know that series that is underperforming? Yeah, you have one, I know you do, don't lie to yourself. =D
This book will:
• tell you why your book is not selling (you may need some Victoria Secret therapy after reading. Go on and do what you must.)
• tell you if you should make it sell or leave it on the back burner.
• talk about backmatter and how to best utilize it (embrace your inner-dork because you gonna get numbers)
• teach you how to project sales
• provide examples of sales figures, a launch plan, and income from releases
Best of all, it will tell you how some people sell books!
Relaunch your novel is beyond relaunch your novel. I would say it is a great compliment to Launch to Market. Inside the pages, Chris Fox says—and I paraphrase—you should have at least one book in your backlist for this book to be relevant to you. That's modesty. THIS book is relevant even you are working on that first book. Why? Because it's gonna save you precious time in doing the things that don't fit with what you want to be writing two years from now. That is smart writing what you love and writing it to market.
Awesome sauce. Delivered. Click it.
Now that I've waxed poetic about the author and his other books, I'll talk about this one in particular. As eager as I was for this book, I wasn't sure it was applicable to me. I only started publishing in January and currently have two books for sale as well as a new story in an anthology. Both of those books are coming down in July and being put into boxed sets. Which means, I don't actually have much of a backlist, nor do I really need to relaunch those titles right now. But I plan to when rights revert back to me.
So why did I buy a book that may not be applicable? The reputation of the author. Is it applicable? Yes. Chris states at the beginning of the book that you should have at least one title for the book to be useful. Otherwise his other books like 5k words per hour, Lifelong Writing Habit, Write to Market, Launch to Market, and Six Figure Author, are better buys for those just starting out. I agree with this. Only have one book out? Buy this book. Have a hundred? Buy this book. Making seven figures a month? You're probably good to skip it. The rest of us mortals will find something useful, though.
This book wasn't what I expected. Okay, some of it was, but as a whole, it was far deeper than I thought it would be. And more useful. Way more useful even for a newbie like me. The beginning of the book focuses on evaluating your backlist. Figuring out what isn't working and why. Everyone can benefit from this type of evaluation, even bestsellers. For me, this evaluation (which I'll be doing after I write this review) will allow me to make the changes needed for my three stories when I do relaunch them at the end of the year. It will give me confidence not to make the same mistakes.
There is also a section on prioritizing your projects. This seems like a bit of a no-brainer, but sometimes desperation to kick-start a book that is no longer selling overrides the value of actually spending the time and money to do so.
In that vein, Chris goes through several different kinds of relaunches. From the minimal to the power-house relaunch that includes a complete revamp of a book as well as the option of throwing thousands of dollars at it. Chris also goes through when it would be valuable to do something like that and when it's not. I'm a data driven person, so the tidbits about finding out your read-through, as well as, understanding your ROI and what to do with that information, was quite useful.
The final section goes through how to keep breathing life into your backlist. This section alone was worth the price. Heck, he could have broken up the book in 3: evaluation, relaunch and this one and sold each separately, and each book would have been worth the price. Without sharing spoilers (just read the darn book), Chris lays out a great way to evaluate which books to focus on and how, the how being the most important.
All in all the book took less than an hour to read, but of course will take much longer to implement. The best part? It will keep being relevant through the rest of my author career. While sales tactics change, a lot of the teaching in this book is evergreen. It will never not be a good idea to evaluate your books.
For most of us, not all series hit it out of the park. Back list, when not tended, tends to die unless we feed the machine frequently. How frequently depends on genre, but voracious readers in genres with a healthy supply of great books will quickly forget about an author, no matter how much they like them to begin with. Plus, there are millions and millions of readers. Finding them all the first time, isn't possible. There will always be a deeper well, especially if you write in a genre that has a passionate audience.
It's hard to pick my favorite Chris Fox writing book. Six Figure Author changed my mindset about what it means to sell. But this book? It contained more useful information for me than any other one I've read of his. It might even be the #1 book on publishing that I own. There really isn't another book like this out there.
I'm combining Fox's advice with tips I gleaned from Finish Your Book in Three Drafts: How to Write a Book, Revise a Book, and Complete a Book While You Still Love It . (The latter is NOT the best-written book in the world, but the concepts in it are brilliant, if you have a stalled novel, or one that never really sold in the first place.)
A few points in this book didn't ring quite true. I'm still thinking about them.
However, Fox provides enough truly useful advice to make this a worthwhile read for any author with one or more books that just aren't selling.
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Buy the other ones, skip this one, and read Chris blog.
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