Should You Update Your Old Book, Or Write a New One?

Should You Update Your Old Book, Or Write a New One?

An author wrote in this week, asking if I thought updating her book would give a boost to her sales. Her book is a memoir.

If a book is in the how-to genre, yes, it should be updated when necessary. But, that would not apply to this author’s book.

Since the book deals with decades of life stories, updating it with the highlights from the last two years of her life isn’t going to make that book start selling. Instead, her book simply needs a marketing reboot.

The book in question sold well in the beginning (it was published in March, 2020), but, as with most books, it appears the author got bored with marketing, and simply stopped.

Now, she has some time on her hands and she is considering whether to update the previous book, or publish a new book of fiction.

If an author is not going to promote a book consistently, updating that book will be a complete waste of time. If nobody knows your book exists, you can update it until your fingers bleed but that’s not going to sell copies. Instead of going back to the writing and editing process, leave your memoirs, historical book, or fiction as-is, and spend your time promoting your existing book(s) instead.

Many writers don’t realize that book promotion DOES involve a lot of writing! And, that is FUN!

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And, finally, it’s always best to have more books for sale rather than fewer. Having two books on the market doubles your chances of attracting readers. Having four books on the market quadruples your reach in the market. It’s common knowledge that authors with multiple books on the market make more money than authors with one book on the market.


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About The Author


Angela Hoy is the publisher of, the author of 19 books, and the co-owner of (one of the original POD publishers that still gets books to market in less than a month), (print and ebook design for authors who truly want to self-publish), and Abuzz Press (the publishing co-op that charges no setup fees).

Angela has lived and traveled across the U.S. with her kids in an RV, settled in a river-side home in Bradenton, FL, and lived on a 52 ft Irwin sailboat. Angela now resides on a mountaintop in Northwest Georgia, where she plans to spend the rest of her days bird watching, gardening, hiking, and taking in all of the amazing sunrises. - the free marketing ezine for writers, which features new paying markets and freelance job listings every Wednesday. - According to attorney Mark Levine, author of The Fine Print, BookLocker is: "As close to perfection as you're going to find in the world of ebook and POD publishing. The ebook royalties are the highest I've ever seen, and the print royalties are better than average. BookLocker understands what new authors experience, and have put together a package that is the best in the business. You can't go wrong here. Plus, they're selective and won't publish any manuscript just because it's accompanied by a check. Also, the web site is well trafficked. If you can find a POD or epublisher with as much integrity and dedication to selling authors' books, but with lower POD publishing fees, please let me know."

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