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Summary: Learn this easy, three step, guaranteed process to make your first sale --- and it doesn't matter what you're selling.
Category: Writing, Small Business
Get Your First Sale!
Copyright © 2003 by Angela Booth
Nothing beats joy of your first sale. You can plot, plan, market and dream all you want, but until you get that first sale, you're not sure that you have a real business. It's 25 years since I sold my first book to an international publisher. I walked on air for days. To my mind, because real writers wrote books, I was real writer at last.
Your first sale legitimizes what you're doing to others, and not least to yourself. When you've got that sale, you get a lot more than money: you get confidence, feedback, and ideas on how you can make next sale and next.
How do you make that first sale? Here's how:
=> One: Give yourself a deadline
Although I'd made writing sales I didnít sell a book until I gave myself a deadline. I gave myself a long deadline, ten years. I didnít need that long, it took a year. However setting a deadline turned selling a book from a dream into a goal. If I hadn't given myself a deadline, I would have fudged for years: making outlines, doing research, writing a chapter here and there, and convincing myself that I was trying to sell a book, when I wasn't doing anything of sort.
Give yourself a deadline to make your first sale. You'll know how long deadline should be. Donít make it ten years unless it's something where you need to learn a lot of skills first before you can produce a product.
Your deadline must be serious. The ten years I gave myself was absolute cut-off date. If I hadnít sold a book by then, I intended giving up writing book-length material forever.
=> Two: Ask for sale!
Once I'd set ten-year deadline, I knew I had to ask for sale. This meant submitting partials to publishers. A partial is a fiction proposal. It consists of a synopsis, a chapter outline, and first chapters: around 50 to 100 pages of novel. I wrote a partial every two months, and sent them out.