I was hard at work on writing this guide for you and then I discovered and read a new book by Tim Grahl called Your First 1000 Copies: The Step-by-Step Guide to Marketing Your Book. This book teaches you about everything I was going to write about in my own guide, plus a lot more. Instead of needlessly recreating the wheel and writing about the same darn thing, I decided to put you first.
If you want to learn the right way to do book marketing, buy and read this book. Today. And then start applying what Tim teaches you.
By the way, Tim runs a book marketing company called Out:think. And this isn’t just any old marketing company, Out:think has run book marketing for the likes of Daniel Pink, Charles Duhigg, Pam Slim, and Dan Ariely. And not just handled their book marketing, but helped them reach the bestseller lists on The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. Tim and his company know their stuff.
I’m smart enough to realize that Your First 1000 Copies: The Step-by-Step Guide to Marketing Your Book is the book I wish I could have written. As if. I know when I’m out-classed, and I gladly admit it.
Here is the book’s description from Amazon:
In Your First 1000 Copies, seasoned book marketing expert Tim Grahl walks you through how successful authors are using the online marketing tools to build their platform, connect with readers and sell more books.
Tim has worked with over 100 different authors from top best sellers such as Hugh Howey, Daniel Pink, Charles Duhigg, Chip and Dan Heath, Ramit Sethi and Pamela Slim to authors just get started on their first writing project. He has worked with authors across all fiction and non-fiction genres. Along with his client work, he has studied many other successful authors to learn what works and what doesn’t.
The result is Your First 1000 Copies where he walks you through the Connection System, a plan that every author can immediately start using. The plan looks like this:
Permission – How to open up communication with your readers where you can reliably engage them and invite them to be involved.
Content – How to use content to engage with current readers and connect with new ones.
Outreach – How to ethically and politely introduce yourself to new readers.
Sell – How all of these steps can naturally lead to book sales without being pushy or annoying
Track – How to use modern online tools to see what’s working and what’s not working, and how to make decisions based on data.
This is a system that any author can immediately put in place to start building their platform. Whether you’re a seasoned author looking to step into the new publishing landscape, or you’re a brand new author, Your First 1000 Copies will give you the tools to connect with readers and sell more books.
I apologize for the accidental bait-and-switch I pulled, but I guarantee you are getting the better end of this deal!
At least check out the book and download a free sample:
Your First 1000 Copies: The Step-by-Step Guide to Marketing Your Book