It’s very exciting to shine light on the books from other writers who also share the love for writing. I love interviewing success stories here on ALST (A living series talk) since I sincerely believe aspiring writers can learn from their journeys.
And today’s ALST spotlight is with Tom Wilson
A brilliant writer who writes inspiring thought provoking topics of God and Life after Death as he feels that writing is a contribution to the world that will remain long after you are gone.
Hi Tom, I’m very much pleased to have you here on A living series talk please tell us a little about yourself?
First, I would have to say that I don’t really consider myself a writer. I am in this to try to share what I know to help others. I figured there is no better way to share knowledge than by writing books as my written words will last longer than I will on this Earth. I feel that writing is a contribution to the world that will remain long after you are gone. My primary topics are God and Life after Death. I address the subjects and work to bring people peace by bringing them knowledge in a non-religious way. What I provide is mainly for the non-religious people that “need” something that they can actually accept. I wrote a book titled “God & The Afterlife Proven” and am getting close to releasing my second book on the subject in the very near future. I also wrote a book titled “Finding Happiness” to try to assist people in bringing more happiness into their lives. I have a couple of other books planned on different subjects that will be in the “self-help” category, but I am not sure when that will happen.
Thanks Tom for sharing your valued insights with us, and glad to know your down to earth thoughts that are inspiring as well. Let our readers know do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?
I read a lot. I can’t get enough of it. If I am not reading books, I am reading articles on the internet. I have read so many great books it would be hard for me to narrow it down. I do want to say that I’ve read your book and enjoyed it. You have heart and it shines through in your writing. I have met so many great people in the author circuit that there wouldn’t be enough room in the interview to try to mention them all.
Thank you for your kind words Tom and indeed author circle is filled with awesome great writers and I agree this room is too small to fit them all. Moving on to the core of book realities and exploring more insights for our readers what’s your views on social media for marketing and indexing your books ? Does it help boost up with the sales?
It is an absolute must! Personally, I only spend time on Twitter, but any social media would be fine. You need to get the word out about your books. I suggest to anyone thinking of writing a book to start a social media account long before the book, it doesn’t matter if you don’t even know the name of your book yet, you are getting on there to build a network and then when you’re ready, you can let them know about your book. One thing I will say is that you will meet some great people and make new friends and even if it doesn’t work out selling books, you have met some great people.
Yes, I do agree that we need to get the words out of the books so people are aware what’s the book about and marketing book content via social media enhances the visibility of the books. Which social network worked best for you? Any tips on what to do and what not to do?
I use Twitter, but any would be fine, people are people no matter what social media site they are on. What you should do: be active and engage, spend time regularly on the social media, work to find friends not customers, help others promote their books. Figure out who your target audience is and let them know that you and your book exist. What you shouldn’t do: don’t make it only about “you” (help others, it is a two way street). Don’t message people with links to your book, especially through private messaging, no one likes that. Don’t think that you are “too good” to follow people back or to accept them as a friend, that rubs people the wrong way and you will surely lose that person as a potential customer.
Well that’s a great tip Tom I’m sure aspiring authors must have quickly noted down. Why do you think that other well written books just don’t sell?
I have read some really great books that I could not believe were not on the world radar. I think the problem is that there are a lot of books out there. The market is flooded and good books just get buried among the overwhelming supply of books. The sad fact is that most books will never get the attention that they deserve. There is hope though, although it is slim, if the right person reads your book and it is really good, then they may recommend it to their following and if their following is a large one, that could put your book on the map. The other reason would be that the author is not a salesperson. Writing is the easy part, selling is the hard part. Even if it doesn’t feel right to do, you have to bring your book up when you can and spend time promoting it.
Yes I do agree with you here Tom writing is much more easy but while it comes to market your books you’ve to give in your best to make it successful and do you think that giving books away free works and why?
I believe in it, but I haven’t seen any great results from it yet, but that is not to say that they won’t come. The main thing that you want to keep in mind is that you are trying to get readers first, not money. If you are going to write a book in hope of making money, you will most likely be very disappointed. Write because you want to write. If you enjoy what you are doing, you are successful whether you make any money or not. Don’t be afraid to give some away and even more importantly price your book right. I see so many new books come out and they are so overpriced that they will never go anywhere.
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
To be a good writer you have to first be a reader. Build networks on social media. Read everything that you can regarding advice for authors. Don’t write for the money, write because you want to write. Don’t worry about failing, even if your book doesn’t sell at least you had the courage to attempt it. Keep at it and don’t give up, it can take years to get things going. The more books that you have out, the more readers will find you. Make sure that you do a digital version in addition to paperback, more books sell in digital format these days. Self-publishing can be a fine option, so do some research on that. If it would make you happy to write a book, then do it! If you are a new author and could use some help getting the word out about your book, find me on Twitter and I will try to help you spread the word.
I can be found on twitter @TomWilsonAuthor and my books are found on Amazon
God & The Afterlife Proven
GOD Life after Death
Thanks again Tom for taking the time out of your busy schedule and being a part of A living series talk.
It was absolutely amazing and great to hear from you.
I wish you abundance of success for your future plans and projects.
Same here Kaur
God bless you dear!