How to attract more book sales

It’s silly, and annoying, but I often find good ideas and great information on attracting more sales then by the time I’ve clicked through to the next page I’ve forgotten them so I decided to make a collection of them here.. Feel free to add any of your tips and advice – it would be much appreciated! Here goes.

  • Remind people you exist. Constantly. Don’t spam but offer free giveaways, offer useful advice, gentle nudges that you are you and you’ve written a great book
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  • Offer a free gift with your book. A music download voucher, a small item of jewellery ….
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  • Follow your own stats so you know what you’re doing to increase traffic to your books and pages.
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  • Don’t write only one book (lol) One hit wonders tend to fall by the wayside and experts seems to agree that you need four or more books before sales really start to take off. So get writing.
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  • Keep an active Blog with useful, funny, intriguing stories with your books easily visible.
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  • Tweet – a lot. Send people to your blog and and to other USEFUL websites that are USEFUL and informative.
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  • Take advantage of Free promoting. Find some authors that you would or could work with a cross promote. Actively promote their work and they do the same for you. Not all authors will make a similar effort but if you do the best you can on their behalf it gets around and pretty soon people are offering to promote your book in the hope you’ll help them out too.
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  • Post SIX SENTENCES on six Sentence Sunday  http://www.sixsunday.com/faqs/
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  • Do a Thursday thirteen at http://thursday-13.com/
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  • If your books feature animal rescue or gardening or… whatever remember that people who like gardening may read a novel that featured gardening – don’t think you have to restrict yourself to marketing in areas where writers and readers hangout. My book is features sailing so occasionally I tweet about sailing or yachting forums etc Every book has at least two key demographics: genre and subject.
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  •  Contact people who review books and ask them to review yours.
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  • Have a professional looking cover. Do NOT ask your kids arty friend at school to do one for you unless their work is truly superlative. Just because its a ebook doesn’t mean it isn’t important.
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  • Be patient. I’ve had a chance to chat online with some of the folk who are doing well as middle market best-sellers (100 thousand books a year or more) and they all say, to a person, that it took more than three years to build a decent following and for that following to disseminate their work enough for it to go “viral” for a period.
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  • Prayer never hurt.
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  • Ask people to Tag your book on Amazon, these tags are very important. The more of the same type of tag a book has, the higher it will be placed on the list when someone uses that particular tag to search for a book.
    So go your amazon book URL and hit the letter T on your keyboard Twice in quick succession. Then add some tags appropriate to the book (please do mine in exchange for this tip ;-) Hey you don’t ask, you don’t get!)
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  • Ask people to click the like thumbs up next to your book on Amazon
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  • I have also found that by reading, following or showing interest and conversing with fellow authors generates not just interest but help on tips and advice as well, such as and especially this group on Goodreads.Last, I have learned that if you want to get things done you gotta do em yourself, you can’t wait for an opportunity you gotta make your own and if its good enough and the people come so will other opportunities.
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  • Keep trying no matter what happens and don’t give up on dreams. You never know what is waiting over the next hill if you just keep trudging along.
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  • The best lesson I learned: invest yourself in the lives of your readers and they will take you far.
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  • Do blog interviews and posts and try to talk to as many people as you can.
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  • Get your book available everywhere you can. Amazon, smashwords, journalstone (journalstone.com) and Barnes and Noble. Check with local libraries to see if you can donate a copy to their collection.
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  • Give more than you recieve. Be friendly and don’t just talk about your stuff (though it is important) ask people about their stuff and if you have a blog offer to do a review or post that involves their work. When you give to people like that then they will be happy to do the same for you. Make sense?

Thanks to Gabriel Gadfly L.H. Thomson Justin Bienvenue Amy  for their kind help and advice

 

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