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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