Thursday, September 10, 2009

How to Sell More Copies of Your Book - Simple Marketing Tip For Writers & Authors

Rich writers understand that writing a book is only the beginning, not an end in itself. They are often marketers first and writers second.

Marketing may sound like a dirty word especially to literary or academic writers. I understand that. I used to feel the same.

But let me ask you this. What's the point writing a book if you can't sell the darn thing?

If you really want to make a successful career as a writer, you can't afford to ignore marketing.

What I recommend - if you haven't done it already - is to think about 'joint ventures' to sell or promote your book. Don't be put off by the business jargon - this just means looking for other people who can help sell and publicize your book for you.

So, for example, if you've written a book about childcare, are there any professionals who could promote you to their list of clients? If you've written a book about dogs, are there online vets or dog schools who could promote your book to their customers?

Why would they do it, you might ask? Simple. If your book aligns with their service, they are adding value to their clients by telling them about you.

Now listen up - some businesses have 'lists' running into hundreds of thousands, sometimes millions. Most mainstream publishers on the other hand are happy if they sell five thousand books - this is considered a 'successful' print run!

Do it today. Right now. Write a list of 50 potential joint venture partners.

Feeling nervous or a little intimidated? Yes, we all do. Even with 20 years experience, I still get butterflies at times. But if your goals aren't making you even a little scared, you're probably not setting yourself big enough goals!

Breaking through that 'fear barrier' is what separates out bestselling authors and millionaire writers from the rest. Even if 40 business owners say 'no', and 10 say 'yes' this could make a massive difference to your book sales.

Is this book your passion? Does it make your heart sing? If so, can you afford not to take this step today. Try it - what have you got to lose?

Stephanie J Hale is a leading writers' coach and publishing scout. She's worked with bestselling authors and top literary agents for over 20 years. She specializes in helping writers get the publishing deal and readership they deserve.

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