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Before you get started, you need to know that there are two words that I’m about to say that will be the most important words ever said in your life. No, they’re not “I do”… they’re “TAKE ACTION!!!” It doesn’t matter how much time you spend learning all of this information because its useless if you don’t take action.
I’ve met lots of authors over the last few years and they all have one thing in common: they want to sell more books and make more money. The good news is that you don’t have to sell a single book to make money as an author. The great news is that as you implement these other strategies, you will sell more books by default.
Quick Tip: If you haven’t already published your book, Createspace is an Amazon owned company that will print, package, sell, and ship your book for you, with no money out of pocket.
The Easy Part Was Writing The Book
Now that you’ve finished your book, the marketing is up to you, unless you already have a track record for moving tens of thousands or even millions of books. The unfortunate fact is that even with a book deal, the marketing is still up to you.
The absolute best platform for setting yourself to make money and market your work at the same time, is by owning a blog. This is always the very first thing that I tell anyone seeking my consultation about marketing or making money online. GoDaddy has some awesome plans that will help get you started on the right path.
After your blog is set up.
As a writer you have a unique perspective that only a small group of other people will ever experience. You know how to take an idea in your head and turn it into a tangible product ready for the market place. Unfortunately, that’s simply not good enough.
People won’t just line up to buy your book because you wrote it, so you need to let them know its there. The first step is to set up the “must have” pages on your blog. You can play around with the wording on these following pages, but the general room is to keep it self explanatory.
About The Author – Use this page to let people know who you are. Add pictures, tell personal stories, or whatever you want, but be you.
Contact Me – Make it as easy as possible for your fans to contact you. Use this page to give them your email address, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.
About The Book – Use this page to tell people about your book. You don’t actually have to pitch the book, just let them know what its about. Include any reviews you’ve received on this page. If your book is available on Amazon, link to it and let Amazon do the rest.
After you get these three essential pages set up, you can add any other pages or menus that you’d like. Now I’m going to show you how you can use these pages to “double dip” and make money from two sources with one sale.
How To Make Two Sales At Once
If you have your books set up to sell on Amazon, you will earn a royalty after each sale. However, if you are an Amazon Associate, you will earn a commission in addition to your royalty, every time you make a sale.
Amazon is currently paying 4% – 10% commission (sliding scale) on every sale, which means, if you’re book is priced at $10.00, you will earn an additional $0.40 – $1.00 per sale. That doesn’t sound like a lot until you understand that you earn a commission on everything in the shopping cart, not just your book. I wrote an article that goes more in depth on making money with Amazon Associates:
It’s Time To Build Your Brand
After you have finished setting up your pages, its time to start adding content to your site. The articles that you published are going to serve three purposes.
- They will allow you to keep your fans updated.
- They will allow you to share useful information with your readers.
- They will help you gather new fans.
- They will provide a minimum of three sources of income.
The most common reflex is for authors to talk about their book on their blog. That’s fine, but you can make more sales by not trying to sell anything. The absolute best strategy is to blog about subjects surrounding your book. For example, lets say that your book is called: How To Live Your Life On A Shoestring Budget. You could try blogging about the following:
- Cheap Recipes: There are literally thousands of cheap recipes that you could share with your readers. Try posting one new recipe per week.
- Online Sales – If you know of a website that is having a can’t miss sale, tell your readers about it.
- Clothing Repair – You could create a step by step guide that teaches people how to repair ripped or torn clothing.
It doesn’t matter what your book is about, you can still find subjects to talk about that fit the scope of your topic. Now I’m going to show you how to implement the above three purposes for each blog posts.
They will allow you to keep your fans updated.
Your blog can be used to let fans know when your book reaches certain milestones, when you are making personal appearances, or when you have something new coming out.
They will allow you to share useful information with your readers.
People want to know what new and useful tips you have for them, and they will look to your blog for that information.
They will help you gather new fans.
When people like what you do, they become fans. Having a subscription box or link on each blog post will give them a way to subscribe to your blog for new updates.
They will provide a minimum of three sources of income.
Once you have spent some time establishing your blog, you will start to see three main forms of revenue generated from it:
- Amazon Associates Commission
- Royalties From Book Sales
- Advertising Revenue
As your blog readership grows, the above three sources of income will grow. Once you have used your blog to establish yourself as an expert, you will be able to expand into new areas of income, such as:
- Consulting Fees
- Public Appearances
The fact that you have written a book qualifies you as an expert in most people’s eyes. That is why people will pay you to speak, pay to listen to you speak, and pay you for your advice.
I’m currently working on a podcast that will teach you how to charge top dollar for your consulting services and public appearances. Make sure you don’t miss out by signing up for free email updates.
This Article Is Just The Tip of The Iceberg
There is a lot more to making money as a published author and this article is only the beginning. In my book, 14 Ways To Market Your Book Like A Bestselling Author, I show you exactly how I went from a nobody to a bestselling author in 70 days.
The Wrap Up
The title of this post is: How To Make Money As A Writer Without Selling A Single Book, and as I said before, simply writing the book gives you the opportunity to make money in various other ways. But, by default, you will sell more books as you start to implement the strategies above and in my book, 14 Ways To Market Your Book Like A Bestselling Author.
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