1. The WOW Factor!
Is your book great, explosive, stunning, or gorgeous? Are you a supermodel, all-star athlete, Fortune 500 CEO of books? Can you conjure up a powerful image of your book that makes it very desirable?
2. Your Book Must Be A Differentiator
Is your book a one-of-a-kind or merely better than your competition? Identify what is so special about your book that people should look no further. What exactly does it offer that other books lack?
3. Your Uniqueness
Professional credentials and personal experience matter. Express what makes you – and by extension, your book – unique.
4. Content/Style/Format Matters
Your book must have good content (words/images/resources), be written in an appealing style or voice, and presented in an appealing format (use of fonts, color, glossy papers, unique layout, etc.).
5. Offer Something That’s Needed Or Wanted
People must want or need your book. They don’t buy on indifference. Create a want or need for your book by learning what others want or need.
6. Timing Your Ask
Timing is everything. The time of year, week, day, or month of when you solicit another can influence whether you get a positive response. Be aware of your timing.
7. Giving Something Away
Free always is a good introductory means to paying clients. Let people sample your writings at no charge, and give away content that will lead-generate book sales.
8. Be A Personality/Good Looking/Likeable
You don’t have to be famous, but you need to be likeable, or good looking, or funny, or smart, or expressive of a persona that draws attention.
9. Validation From Reviewers/Testimonials
Professional book reviews, customer reviews, and news media reviews – as well as testimonials from experts and colleagues – help influence the view people have of your book.
10. Good Website
A solid website is important to authors. A good one helps to make a book sale; a lousy one risks leaving a bad taste in a consumer’s mouth.
11. Price Sensitivity
Often, price is a factor in the selling of most things.
Books are usually not big-ticket items, but it gets harder to sell your book
for $25 when someone else has a similar book at half the price. Be aware of
price. Cut a deal.
Brian Feinblum, the founder of this award-winning blog, can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org He is available to help authors promote their story, sell their book, and grow their brand. He has over 30 years of experience in successfully helping thousands of authors in all genres. Let him be your advocate, teacher, and motivator!
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