The FUD Factor

For those of you who have never heard of FUD, it stands for “Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt” and has long been a tool used to sell things or coerce people into making a decision.

In my case, the FUD factor is more about the upcoming launch of my debut novel, Mik Murdoch, Boy Superhero. Now that the book is done and totally out of my hands, those common doubts are surfacing: will people enjoy the story? will they even know the book exists? will it sell?

I know of good, well-known authors who have done everything in their power to spread the word only to have their book fall flat sales-wise. It wasn’t a fault of the book, the cover or anything else I’ve been able to pinpoint. It simply didn’t sell. Will mine be any different?

I’m trying not to lose any sleep over it. After all, there really is only so much I can do without driving people away. All I can do is gently push it in the right direction and hope for the best. That means continuing to offer up Advanced Reader Copies in exchange for reviews (hopefully positive) and offer myself up for interviews.

So, if you are interested in either of those things, please drop me an email at: author at michellplested dot com.



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