How many followers should a book have before I take the next step with it?

Created almost 2 years ago by Jesse West with 12 comments
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A legions of hell coming through the forrest Reader Writer · Reader · added over 1 year ago
I wonder how many followers you needed before you think about putting out a sequel or produce a series?
Sci fi abides Peter Ryan · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 1 like
Absolutely what @Evan Graham said. And remember, you’re a decent person, selling a quality product - just go for it!
 nzkhmgt Evan Graham · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 5 likes
Tell everyone you know about it in real life, individually contact every friend you have on facebook and twitter, email everyone on your contact list...just generally bug the heck out of everyone you’ve ever known.
Unholy pursuit poster A. White · Author · added over 1 year ago
How do you bring your own followers?
Imlnct1j Jamison Stone · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 1 like
As @Evan Graham said, you will have to bring your own followers, and might as well do this when they can actually "buy" your book to save them time. The random followers on Inkshares don’t really mean much until you take off, and even then you will be bringing the vast majority of your own orders from outside of Inkshares. 
 nzkhmgt Evan Graham · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 3 likes
You kind of have to figure that the majority of your followers on inkshares aren’t even going to be people who have an actual interest in your book at all, but rather people looking to connect and get followers for their own projects. That’s kind of the nature of the beast around here. Not to say you won’t have followers who are genuinely interested, because you certainly will, but they’re going to be the minority. You won’t start to see real engagement until your campaign takes off.
Imlnct1j Jamison Stone · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 3 likes
IMHO @Jesse West your initial pool of followers should not be your deciding factor, aka, they will be there if you launch now, or in three months. The #1 most important question of when to launch, is "Are you ready to market the heck out of your book NOW?" This will take a HUGE part of your life for the next 1-3 months, and if you are ready to invest that time, then GO FOR IT! If not, then keep planning and wait until you are in a place when you can push your book, and push it HARD. 

As always if you have any questions, let me know! 
Vvrmleq2 Whoa · Author · edited over 1 year ago
Sci fi abides Peter Ryan · Author · edited almost 2 years ago · 1 like
I had around 30, I guess. Followers are great but your pre-orders will be mainly generated from outside Inkshares . As Billy said, when people pre-order, they follow at the same time. I found I learned a lot more about marketing/selling my book  by jumping into the campaign for real rather than trying to get big numbers in terms of followers before funding. 
1909219 502696633173711 1380711121 o Jesse West · Reader · added almost 2 years ago
Thanks Billy. That’s great advice.
Img 1188 Billy O’Keefe · Author · edited over 1 year ago · 6 likes
For whatever it’s worth (and I’m sure this is the exception rather than the rule), my book had 2 followers when I opened pre-orders.

I’m sure there’s an upside to having a base you can send an update to when you open pre-orders, and some folks would argue it’s prudent to amass dozens/even a couple hundred followers before starting a campaign, but I personally believe it doesn’t make the difference between a successful campaign and one that doesn’t make it. The vast, vast, vast majority of my sales were people who followed and ordered the book all at once while I was in campaign mode.

I think if you’re unsure, give your campaign some extra leash. Inkshares recommends 90 days for your campaign, but there’s no reason you can’t go with 120, 150 or even 300 days and then amass followers while the book is on sale. I think there’s a significant benefit to getting people to follow the book when they also can pre-order it, because then they’re making one trip to your page instead of two. 

1909219 502696633173711 1380711121 o Jesse West · Reader · added almost 2 years ago

I’m curious. I’ve been promoting the chapter I have up for one of my drafts and it’s been getting some good feedback. The followers keep building as well and just yesterday Inkshares sent me an email to start taking pre-orders. I’m curious to know how any of the other authors may feel in regards to this situation or if any have some words of wisdom that may help me decide.

How many followers should a book have before I attempt pre-orders?

Does it even matter?

Does it hurt me if there’s very little followers and I start selling pre-orders?

Any feedback is helpful. Thanks a lot.