I've been spending some time on Laurence O'Bryan's blog because he has so much information for authors about book marketing. Having published a series of thriller novels and developed his own tried-and-true marketing techniques, O'Bryan is an author worth getting to know. Many thanks to Laurence for taking the time to share some of his wisdom with us at the Book Pound.
You've been in the book business for over 7 years. What do you think are the biggest changes you've seen and experienced in the industry?
The biggest change is the ease of publishing. Even 7 years ago people talked about book formatting for print and I remember paying over $400 for one book to be set up. And after that, the never ending growth of Amazon. I expect they'll be buying a big publisher soon.
How did you get started with fiction writing?
It's a cliche, but I always wanted to write. I started writing in 1999. I was bored with being a cog in a big wheel. I had no idea what I was doing too. I had to buy a shelf of writing books to work it all out. The second book I started I finished, but it was never published. The third, The Istanbul Puzzle, was published in 2012 by Harper Collins and translated into 10 languages. Never give up is the simple lesson from that story.
What writing projects are you currently working on?
I finished a 5 book series and now I am resurrecting that earlier second book, Imperatrix, as it's a Games of Thrones meets Gladiator type story and we're all allowed to put sex in our books now, after JRR Martin, aren't we?
I spent 25 years in sales and marketing, mostly in IT. I got an MBA in marketing and I was always fascinated by marketing. This is why I started BooksGoSocial, to help authors by doing their marketing for them. Not every author wants to be their own marketing expert.
What's next for you?
I hope my new book will do well, but what keeps driving me forward is expanding BooksGoSocial. We do free promotions now for authors and we have free team support and training, free blog tours and more. And we have a Chrome Extension and a Chat bot!
Is there anything else you'd like to share with Book Pound readers? Any advice for new writers?
The key is persistence. There are more opportunities than ever for authors. If you love writing, stick with it! You never know what's coming for you!
Find Laurence O'Bryan in the following places:
Website: Books Go Social