I can’t stop selling for the life of me. Really, it’s like I was born to sell. I do it with everyone, everywhere, at all times. I used to be ashamed of it. I used to not even understand what it was I was doing. When I was a little girl, I learned to survive by talking people into selling them on the idea of not hurting me. I had to. So I practiced it every day, from very early on. Then, when I understood I could make money with it, I was told it was an egoistic, capitalistic desire that was shameful, and I shouldn’t be selfish, and I’d never be able to do it, and I must be altruistic and self-sacrificing, and on and on and on, the glorious bullshit of patriarchy teaching me to be subservient and non-ambitious and mediocre and quiet and compliant.Read More
Many of you have asked me in the last few weeks about how I use Patreon and how to do it if you’re just starting out, or how to grow your audience if you have none, or how to grow your small audience THIS MUCH BIGGER.
So here are my thoughts.
Number one: I’m learning as I go, so all wisdom I’ll dispense here is “wisdom in process.”
Number two: My Patreon is slowly growing at a rate of about $100 a year (so 3 years ago it was at $100 per month, and now it’s at $300 per month). It's growing because I haven’t given up and keep posting there weekly, but I also haven't been focused on growing it. Who knows what will happen once I do.Read More
And here comes the third and final (for now) part on skyrocketing your book sales. I’ll do more as I get closer to releasing the Author Book Selling Guide That Will Torture You into Selling More Books or Else (yes, that is the title for now).
Let me rehash the two previous posts here, the first one on selling yourself as a brand, and the second one on learning to sell your books on your own.
You're selling yourself before you can sell your books. That’s how you start. At first people don’t know who you are. You’ve got to have a brand, some kind of a feeling you evoke in your potential readers for them to buy into the idea of you. I know, easy to say but hard to do.
Don’t fret!Read More
I'm just about to launch my own book (in December) and I'm looking at selling options. I know you sell your books directly off your website, and I've been wanting to do the same, but I wasn't sure exactly how the process works. I've heard if you sell them yourself, you get to keep 100% of the profits, as opposed to letting people go through Amazon and lose a huge cut.
So I'm guessing you just buy up your own books from Amazon (or where ever yours come from) and then resell your stock through your website? Do I have to have a license or anything to resell them? And do you have any wisdom on how to system the process out? I want to be as wise about it as I can from the start. If you could go back and tell your start-up self anything, what advice would you give?
Thank you for this wonderful question, Annie. I'd give myself one word of advice.
LEARN HOW TO SELL YOUR BOOKS YOURSELF.Read More
I'm about to hit you with the truth that will make you scream. You can agree or disagree with it all you want. It remains a fact.
IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW GOOD OR BAD YOUR BOOK IS.
It doesn't matter how well it's written, or how long you slaved over it, or how poignant its theme is, or how urgent its story.
It doesn't even matter if some prominent industry names stand behind you and hail your book as the latest masterpiece from every rooftop until they're blue in the face and their tongues turn purple and fall out.
What matters is how you sell it.Read More