You Can Rise Up Trodded a Successful Path in 2013
You Can Rise Up was self-published back in May 2010. I knew the storyline was powerful and intriguing. I was especially convinced of this when Trafford Publishing had asked me if I would allow them to include it in their Hollywood database, in hopes of it being pulled forward by movie and film producers. I agreed with them that the book included themes such as murder, mystery and passion, but I guess with me not being impressed by the physical look of the book at the time, I put it on the back burner and instead proposed my other novel, Let My Soul Bare. For the next two years nothing significant happened with You Can Rise Up, but all that would change in 2013.
At the start of 2013 I approached the local publishing company CML Publishing and asked if they would consider republishing You Can Rise Up. They accepted. At first I didn’t expect much, just that the book would now gain greater local publicity and a few sales.
Prior to 2013 You Can Rise Up had not even existed in the local bookstore. I knew that getting the book published locally would have helped me get the book in the store for sure, and then I could focus on other aspects of the marketing later.
You Can Rise Up was republished in May 2013 with such an amazing cover design compared to the initial May 2010 version. I was blown away. It seemed almost instantly that the sales began. My first sale came through Amazon, by one of my friends. Then, not only did the local bookstore accept to carry the book, but they allowed me to invoice them for an initial five copies and the cheque was forthcoming very soon thereafter.
I had planned for my book launch to be in early June, and in the last two weeks leading up to the event I got surprise after surprise. First, there was the request for an interview with the Cayman Compass. Then there was the 30 seconds segment on the evening news. Then followed the Daybreak interview which allowed me to explain to the public more in depth what the book was about and the intended target audience.
By October 2013 You Can Rise Up was one of a few books showcased at Cayman’s first home grown book fair, allowing me and other authors the chance to provide tips to other new and upcoming local authors on how to go about being published. Leading up to the book fair I also had a chance to speak about the book on a radio interview.
With the help of the publisher, the book was accepted by the main supermarket chain, which accepted over 20 copies of the book, of which five were sold within the first two weeks of hitting the shelves.
The year also ended well for You Can Rise Up, when the bookstore manager was so kind to purchase a copy of the book and provided it to a parent as an act of charity.
In total, I have sold over 40 copies of You Can Rise Up since the June 2013 launch. As a new author I am very happy with the book’s progress so far, and I look forward to continued success in 2014.