UPDATED Thursday, November 13th: A remarkable 598 free copies of my book “Norwich Heroes” were downloaded in just 24 hours from Amazon on Veteran’s Day. Thank you! I’m thrilled that so many people are interested in the gripping and inspirational battlefield stories from our exceptional Norwich grads. If you were one of those people who […]
There is nothing like gathering with fellow grads, current students, parents, and friends of the university for a Norwich event – especially on the Hill during the brief Fall months. Eager spectators mingle on the sidelines as the artillery section mans its guns and the biggest Corps of Cadets in history forms up on the Upper Parade […]
True or False: After you publish your book you should work on building and nurturing a following.
The time to start building your following is long before you publish the book (i.e. right now). If you endure the writer’s journey and then merely release your work to the world without first building a following, it’s likely that your work (no matter how good it is) will be met by the sound of crickets.
Let’s assume you’ve already written your book and you’re ready to share it with the world. Now you have a couple of options. First, you could try to go the traditional route and take your book to one of the big publishing houses. Just keep in mind that those companies typically lose money on most of their books, break even on a few, and rely on the remaining few to hit grand slams and pay for their editors’ expense accounts and performance bonuses. Also keep in mind that they don’t actually like to talk to authors, so all business is conducted through literary agents so you’re going to need one.
Rob Pincus (NU 94) is one of the country’s most well-known and successful experts on reality-based defensive training. He has authored six books, shipped over five million DVDs, and his online training videos have accumulated millions of viewing minutes. He is a prolific industry writer, an experienced television personality, and a sought after guest who […]