Monday, August 28, 2023

To Sell A Book, Just Ask?

As authors seek the knowledge, skills, means, or tools to sell more books, they overlook the one powerful thing at their disposal.  

It is free, always available, and quite effective.  

It is your ability to ask questions, ask for favors, and ask for book sales.  

Ask for: 

* Help

* Feedback

* Encouragement

* Money

* Information

* Ideas

* Favors

* A book review

* Introductions

* Access to resources

* Deals and discounts

* Opportunities

* The sale

* More from yourself

Below is a list of some things you could and should ask for, but you probably can make a list of dozens of more things to ask for.


* A bookstore or library to have you speak and do a book signing.  

* Family to post a great book review on amazon. 

* Local writer groups, libraries, bookstores, and literature professors if they know of any book clubs. 

* Friends to introduce you to their network of friends and families. 

* Social media connections to introduce you to people you have identified would be helpful to you.  

* A local media news outlet to interview you. 

* An organization to buy your book in bulk. 

* A publicist to do work for you. 

* Close friends to post about your book on their social media. 

All that you need to do is: 

* Ask a lot of people

* For a lot of things

* Often 

I ask that you try my approach. It is free and you have nothing to lose. 

“You can literally accomplish anything you set your mind to. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve messed up, because your failures and face-plants are all part of your journey.”

--Jen Sincero, Best-selling author


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Brian Feinblum, the founder of this award-winning blog, can be reached at  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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About Brian Feinblum

Brian Feinblum should be followed on LinkedIn. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog ©2023. Born and raised in Brooklyn, he now resides in Westchester with his wife, two kids, and Ferris, a black lab rescue dog, and El Chapo, a pug rescue dog. His writings are often featured in The Writer and IBPA’s The Independent.  This award-winning blog has generated over 3.4 million pageviews. With 4,600+ posts over the past dozen years, it was named one of the best book marketing blogs by BookBaby  and recognized by Feedspot in 2021 and 2018 as one of the top book marketing blogs. It was also named by as a "best resource.” For the past three decades, including 21 years as the head of marketing for the nation’s largest book publicity firm, and two jobs at two independent presses, Brian has worked with many first-time, self-published, authors of all genres, right along with best-selling authors and celebrities such as: Dr. Ruth, Mark Victor Hansen, Joseph Finder, Katherine Spurway, Neil Rackham, Harvey Mackay, Ken Blanchard, Stephen Covey, Warren Adler, Cindy Adams, Todd Duncan, Susan RoAne, John C. Maxwell, Jeff Foxworthy, Seth Godin, and Henry Winkler. He recently hosted a panel on book publicity for Book Expo America, and has spoken at ASJA, Independent Book Publishers Association Sarah Lawrence College, Nonfiction Writers Association, Cape Cod Writers Association, Willamette (Portland) Writers Association, APEX, and Connecticut Authors and Publishers Association. His letters-to-the-editor have been published in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Post, NY Daily News, Newsday, The Journal News (Westchester) and The Washington Post. He has been featured in The Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald. For more information, please consult:  



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