We are almost ready to put Camp Hope by Sara Foust on pre-order. I’m ready to place it with the printers/distributors. This is a great day for us. Sara has worked hard getting the book ready to publish, and it’s a very good book. Her writing has improved with each book. This book kept me in suspense until the end. A good twist at the end. Thanks, Sara for writing a great book. I don’t want to reveal the cover until Sara does, so I’ll wait until we can say it’s on pre-order and reveal all about the book.
Yesterday was a holiday, and I took the day off. I began searching about what makes a best seller. Some of these things I will bring in my podcast on Thursday, but I’ll share a little today about what I learned.
How do you become a #1 Amazon Best Seller in print books? Sell 2,250 books in one day. That’s today’s figures, and the amount changes hourly. To be #1 Amazon Best Seller in ebooks, you’ll need to sell 6,390 books today. We’ve had some pretty good sales with our books, but never that many in one day. Thursday I’ll give you some hints on how to increase books sales. If you think you’re doing great selling ten to fifteen books a month, you are not. A first time author sells around 250 books in the first year. When you publish your first book, don’t quit your day job. It takes time and a lot of marketing to get to that #1 spot.
I’d also suggest to be comfortable with your marketing. Marketing is something most of us hate to do. It does take time, but it’s time well spent. I look at marketing as a job. When I worked a regular job, there were things I absolutely hated to do, like filing. I hated to file anything, and I still do. But it is part of the job, so it must be done. Marketing is part of the job of writing, so it must be done. The best way to overcome something you hate to do is to do it each and every day. I now file when something comes out of my printer to file. I don’t dread it now.
Also make time. Set aside time in your scheduled tasks to market. It will pay off. Be personal with your blogs. Be yourself. One reason I like podcasts is because you can hear me, and my hillbilly accent. We all have accents of some kind. Even those who think they don’t do.
I’m telling too much about my next podcast. Maybe it’s enough of a tease that you’ll listen, maybe.