How to Sell 10,000 Books in a Week—Part Two

How to Sell 10,000 Books in a Week—Part One is here if you missed it. 
When you’re self-published, just what does it take to sell 10,000 books in one week? Hard work, dedication, a well-written book, or none of that!

dollar-544956_1280.jpgCongratulations. You’ve just worked out why you haven’t made the book sales. It’s because there are only so many people within your inner circle who are interested in buying your book, even if you cajoled a few into buying it just to do you a favour. 
So, just how do you sell 10,000 books in a week? This is part two of a humorous two part series. If you haven’t already read part one, start here. 

1. Be a millionaire.

If you’re a millionaire you can buy a publishing house or media company. You can promote yourself until you become a celebrity, without ever doing anything, much like the Kardashians. You’ll also have the cash to spend on a media campaign, or offer your book for free, as you don’t need the income.

• Donald Trump
• Bill Gates
• Steve Jobs
• Richard Branson
• Alice Walton

2. Have a book on the top 10 bestseller list.

The Handmaid’s Tale
The Mortal Instruments
Aqua Marine
Pet Sematary

3. Own a media company.

Whether it’s a television station, cable network, film company, radio station, magazine, or newspaper, own it, or be married or related to someone who owns one of these media outlets. You’re guaranteed to get some free promo for your next published book.

• Disney
• New York Times
• WHTZ-FM – Z-100 – New York
• Time

4. Offer your book for cheap.

Even if you offer your book for cheap, or better yet, free, you may never sell 10,000 copies in a week. This is for the same reason as selling a book with a cover price—you are simply not famous enough. I even offered one of my short stories for a free download on Smashwords, called Evacuation. In two years’ time I’ve had 322 downloads. That sounds pretty good for most of us self-published author, but I haven’t been paid for any of them, and that is still a far cry away from 10,000 per week.

So, just how do you promote a book if you’re not on one of these eight lists? Please stay tuned, as we’ll examine some special self-publishing techniques in the next few articles.

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Unusual Book Marketing Tips Outside of Social Media Part Two

no-more-social-networking-for-indian-cricket-playersThe experts say that social media marketing doesn’t work. Here are a few tricks to get your new book out to the masses while bypassing social media. 

by Mel Dawn


Flash and Sell

Have your book loaded on your device and keep it open at all times. When you’re on transit read it and tell your seat mates how great the book is, and how people should read it. Simply show them the screen of your smart phone, tablet, or other device and brag about how great it is.

If you’ve reached the point where you have printed copies of your book, you can try a similar technique. People may comment on the book you’re carrying around, or the book lying on your desk or lap. You can tell these admirers that you’re the author, and give them a short summary of your book. When they say that they’d love to check it out at their local bookstore, pop one of your books out of your bag and say you have one for sale.

The Allusion of Success

Many independent writers test the water with an e-Book first. If it does great, they’ll offer it in printed form. Have a friend help you out by taking photographs of you clutching your book at prominent locations around your city. Set up a reader’s group and have them ask their local shops if they are willing to sell your book. This could lead bookstores to finding your author’s website and asking if they can purchase a few printed copies.

You may also wish to ask your local library if they’re willing to take a free copy of your book, as many readers purchase the books they love.

Utilize a variety of book marketing methods as not all your potential readers are going to be on Facebook. Increasing your book’s exposure is important, as it will be those first few sales that encourage you to write your next novel.

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