Inside info: one major rule that all first-time authors have to live by …

Most people haven’t had the opportunity to work with the book publishing industry and they don’t know how it works. I’m going to let you in on a secret: There’s a really, really important rule that all first-time authors have to live by (if they want to write another book).

Before I get to that though, I’d like to note how thankful I am. I’ve been given the opportunity to write and publish Confessions of a Happily Married Man: Finding God in the Messiness of Marriage, a book I really believe in. There are many authors who will never get the chance to be published. Fortunately for me, I’m working with a wonderful company (Hachette/Worthy) that has invested in the book, believing in the message and also believing that there’s an audience for it.

But let’s go back to the very important (general) rule that all first-time authors have to live by if they want to write another book. Here it goes — the big reveal — brace yourself for it: If you’re going to get additional book deals, people have to buy your book. 

Surprise.

While I’m sure that publishing companies would love to hand out their books for free just to help people, they would go out of business if they did that. So if you enjoy the work of a particular author, please keep in mind that you actually have to buy his or her book if you want them to write more books.

With that in mind, if you’ve enjoyed any of the hundreds of articles I’ve written over the years, head on over to your favorite retailer and buy Confessions of a Happily Married Man, and if you enjoy it, post a positive review online. Thanks!