Are You Hungry?
By Tilly Rivers
I have often been asked how as an author newbie (now 5+ years ago) sold over a 100,000 copies of my book in 14 days. The answer is simple, I was hungry.
I didn’t wait for my agent, publisher or publicist to book me gigs, or book signings, I didn’t sit back and wait, the mistake that so many new authors do, thinking that now they have written the book their job is done, it isn’t…far from it…writing was easy.
I contacted EVERY person I could think of six months BEFORE the book release–from the smallest media bloggers to the largest book reviewers, to the hottest and not so hottest adult publications and forums, I had a plan-Step One: building a profile. People needed to know who I was, and what I was doing. –Step Two: I moved away from traditional thinking and decided NOT to do book signings at book stores; instead I contacted clubs and hot spots in NY and asked if they would be interested in sponsoring me for an evening. Because I write erotica I went to adult novelty stores and any where-where even the most remote link to sexual content existed and asked if they would be interested in hosting a fun night at their retail location. Each one was more than thrilled too!
The result? Record breaking sales in days!
Today I have been blessed to have won many awards, including the NAWA award 3 years in a row, an almost unheard of feat for not only an erotica writer but a major rarity for an anthology writer! Now I have written many best sellers and met so many wonderful people, I have gained international celebrity attention, my resume includes public speaking, host of two radio shows, modeling and was CEO for my own business, two years ago I started Main Street Magazine, my new passion.
I was BORN to write, it is as part of me as breathing, and I wanted to show the world that not only was writing part of me, but that I was good at it, I wanted to SHARE my words, I was HUNGRY for others to look into my soul and experience the cravings, passion, memories and sexual insights I have.
In one interview I was teased about having studied sex more that a sexual therapist. When I am passionate, when I am hungry, I give it my all, my full and devoted attention! In yet another interview the person remarked that I have a way of projecting the reader into the fantasy, that I was a sensual master! Needless to say, I did not ‘walk’ home that night, but floated along in my happy cloud.
I didn’t wait for another, I didn’t listen to those that said it would not work, I did not let the possibility that it might not work stop me, I was not too proud for a small internet blog just beginning or a on-line radio show that maybe no one heard of, instead I took EVERY opportunity to get my name out there, and was thankful for them! I still am!!!
As my mom would say, I never got too big for my britches!
The result? My name “Tilly Rivers” is now used as a tag word for major search engines such as Google and Yahoo.
So, how did I do it? Like I said, simple, I was hungry.
Now here is my question my friends….are you hungry?