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Posted by CreateSpaceBlogger on Oct 15, 2012 6:16:14 AM

This may sound like a familiar tune if you're a frequent visitor to this blog, but it is such an important concept in today's highly connected world, it bears repeating over and over again. If you want to succeed as an author, your most valuable marketing tool is your interaction with your readers.

 

We live in an extraordinary time as indie authors. Gone are the days when we were denied access to distribution and readers without an intermediary. We are our own gatekeepers. We are free to write and publish and reap the rewards of doing what we love. But, as with all freedoms, this comes with a great deal of responsibility and work. We can't just idly publish and wait for sales; we have to go out and earn them. You do that by connecting with your readers. You connect with them by interacting with them in whatever way you can.

 

This was never more apparent to me than when I received an email from a reader who took issue with one of my books. She was unhappy with something, and she let me know it. I replied in an appreciative tone and tried to clarify a few things with her. She sent me back an email stating she was simply astonished that I would take the time to reply to her. She had written authors before, and they all just ignored her. Needless to say, I was astonished that those other authors hadn't taken the time to contact her. She was sincere and pleasant, and frankly, a passionate enough fan to let me know her opinion firsthand. I'm happy to have her support and her criticism.

 

Don't ignore your readers when they reach out to you. Let them know that you appreciate their interest and advocacy. Respond to them, and they will be even bigger supporters of your work.

 

-Richard

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Richard Ridley is an award-winning author and paid CreateSpace contributor.

 

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