Long Term Author Career is Built on Backlist

Long Term Author Career is Built on Backlist

Real Title: Mind Blown…didn’t know backlist was so important. Tell Me More

By: Scribes Unleashed

No Expert or Guru Statement

I see so many times author talking about their new book. The up and downs of release is all over my feed. Yet what I don’t see as often is them showcasing or talking about the most important part of their author career.


Every book you write at first is new but then it becomes backlist. Backlist is the way you build and have a long term author career. So next time your new release doesn’t do as you expected remember it is backlist to add to your catalog of books. That catalog is what will sustain your author career.

Even if you release rapidly those book will become backlist and again add to you books. Add to your full body of catalog you have to sell.

We are in an awesome age that our books are available far and wide. That you can have those books as backlist for a long time. Those books will make you money. Well…they will if you keep them in circulation by talking about them. Market/promo your backlist. There are tons of readers who haven’t discovered your books yet. When they do make sure you hook them with your books both new as well as that all important backlist.

Your author career shouldn’t be built on your new releases or next release, it’s built on backlist. That is how you’ll grow and be an author in this dynamic book business for a long time to come.

Long Term Author Career is Built on Backlist

Now you know it’s coming. Here it is.

Blueprint Lite ~ Action Item:

Whenever you see “Blueprint Lite ~ Action Item” that means this is something for you to do.

Take a hard look at your backlist and how you are utilizing it. And if you are not showcasing that backlist love then why not? Evaluate ways to build on it.

Backlist Love! Gimme that Backlist Love!

First step if you don’t have it already create a list of all those backlist books. There are many ways to do it. I have a list (excel….spreadsheets are my jam) and list books in order ie I have book 1 then list all first books in my series under that then once done then book 2 and list all second books and so on and so on until I have all books so far for my backlist. I add books as they are released. 🙂

Then for next step love that backlist.

For some ideas on ways to give your backlist the love it deserves….

Check this blog post Backlist Love – Part 1 which has ideas you can use to unleash that backlist love.

And even more…

Ready to unleash your Backlist Love Challenge Warrior —> Get more info and sign up for the free Backlist Love Challenges ~ Newsletter.

And that’s your Blueprint Lite ~ Action Item. See not so bad.

Now go out there and kick butt getting stuff done.

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