How I Sold Some Books, The Easy Way

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How I Sold Some BooksI sold some books, without any effort.

I don’t really know how it happened, but in the past week, a bunch of people spread somewhere across this planet bought some of my books.

Mostly ebooks, yet even some real paperbacks versions too.

Now I’m not talking millions of copies in seven days, but enough to bring me a great deal of satisfaction.

If I compare this past week with many weeks that have passed before it, I would have to say that it was a very, very good week indeed. I sold some books!

Being such a good sales week, I thought I should investigate why it was so, and try to find the magic element or elements that created this phenomenon.

Then, of course, endeavour to repeat what I did right and have a good sales week again next week. So here’s a little rundown of my book promotion actives for last week.

I was bored to death with Facebook so I didn’t bother posting anything at all last week.

In fact, I only clicked on my Facebook profile once to see if my daughter might have posted a new photo of my grandkids. She hadn’t.

When I checked Twitter early in the week, my direct message inbox was full of spammers inviting me to go to, buy, try or invest in a whole pile of rubbish.

I wasted ten minutes deleting them all.

However, I did invest another few minutes checking my new followers and followed back a few interesting humans.

The other few hundred I ignored because I had already wasted ten minutes deleting all their spam from my direct message inbox.

I went shopping and bought some very nice wine.

At the beginning of the week, I had a great idea for a blog post.

I set a reminder for myself to write it the next day. The next day I postponed the reminder to the following day. And then the next day too.

On Friday, I killed the reminder. It was annoying me.

My students occupied my time for a good part of the week and kept me at a wonderfully safe distance from any device that could access the Internet.

In between classes I read a book.

I spent a lot of time during the week walking my dog and talking to people I met along the way.

Apart from the above and the hours I spent eating, drinking and sleeping, I happily wrote stuff. Probably clocked up 25,000 words for the week.

Now I wonder, which one of these elements drove all those people to buy my books?


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Derek Haines

Derek Haines is an Australian author, living in Switzerland.

4 thoughts on “How I Sold Some Books, The Easy Way

  • June 7, 2018 at 9:18 am

    Derek is a great witty person, I like to follow his posts. I think books are sold for their own appeal. But sometimes you’ve to be active to market your books in the right way……Twitter is the most effective way so far to reach maximum audience.

  • December 16, 2017 at 9:21 am

    There are almost 500 articles on our site, Jay. Almost all, very informative. But there are a few posts that are a little lighthearted. I don’t think that is a waste at all. It doesn’t hurt to have laugh sometimes.

    • April 25, 2018 at 9:09 pm

      I enjoyed the article.

      My take away was that if you don’t refresh yourself offline and get some writing done, then you won’t have anything to sell. While maintaining your online presence is essential, occasionally it’s not mandatory, and it can autopilot for a while and still be effective.

  • December 16, 2017 at 3:54 am

    I’m not one to comment negatively but I have to say this was a waste of a blog post. It could’ve simply been a tweet saying there is no easy way to sell books. I’m certainly not here looking for get rich advise or how to do the least work for the best results. I am here to learn as selling books as an indue author us tough enough and getting tougher by the day without useless. Information.


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