Publishing secrets of bestselling authors

Smiling a girl lying in front of her books in a park with friends in background

I just saw on Facebook that Tom Corson Knowles has put together a package of videos and guides to help you become a bestseller.

I got to hang out with Tom last summer in Portland, then again in Vancouver BC, and he’s one of my role-models.

That’s because he published over a dozen books in less than a year, and went from zero to over $10,000 in Kindle sales per month.

And that’s freaking awesome. I’m jealous. Part of it is having a lot of books.

Another part is publishing books in popular genres that people want to read. And then there’s some secret hacker spy shit, like picking the right categories and keyword, Amazon page customization, properly setting up your “Look Inside” preview – and a bunch of other stuff I know I could be doing a lot better.

If you’re just starting out and trying to finish your FIRST book, this course probably isn’t for you (although, you need all the help you can get, and you’d probably pick up enough value to earn back the $97 cost pretty quickly.)

But for your first book, it’s almost a given that you will fail – because you wrote it without considering the readership.

You made a product and are now trying to convince people to buy it, which is, frankly, very poor business.

If you work hard enough for long enough, you just might make back the money you spent publishing the book. And who knows, maybe you’re truly that 1 in 10,000 with an amazing, earth-shattering story to tell. If so, power to you. I’m only stating the facts: about 95% of indie authors will be lucky to sell a hundred copies a year.

I started out just like you; I wrote the stuff I wanted to write. I’m only now, thanks to Tom and other writers like him – who are publishing short but practical stuff that people want and making a killing –  devoted to catching up and increasing my Kindle sales (because, gee, who wouldn’t like an extra $10,000 a month?)

As always, let me know if you have publishing questions, though my short answers probably won’t help as much as Tom’s course… there’s a lot to learn, and quick answers aren’t going to get you where you need to go. Tom’s an expert, and the course is like having hours and hours of access to his brain. Check it out if you want to sell more books.

 

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PS) I’m building my own course that will focus more on book design and setting up an author platform. Not the marketing exactly, just the product and website building. I’ve got to learn a lot about videos and screen captures though, so I may not finish this year.

About Derek Murphy

I help authors and artists turn their passions into full-time businesses, make a bigger impact, and blaze a luminous trail of creative independence. Right now I'm in Taiwan finishing a PHD in Literature, writing several books, and managing a handful of online businesses. Find me

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