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Seven Success Secrets of Successful Authors

smilingladyIf you are not the author you want to be yet, incorporate the following seven success secrets into your overall plans.

Please feel free to comment and add your own secrets and the end.

1. Treat your book as a business.

You spend many hours creating a masterpiece to help your audience. It follows then that you need to set up a regular time schedule to market and promote it. Do at least three High Level Activities (HLA’s) each day. Write a sales letter for each book. Create free content such as a blog or newsletter for people to opt-in at your site to build your targeted email list, so you can stay in touch with your audience.


2. Create a line or two about your book in your email signature.

It will go out with every email you send.

After your name, title, and benefit statement, add something like: Author, “Write your eBook or Other Book-Fast!” Include your address, phone, and social media marketing links to get network further.

3. Invest some money in book marketing coaching.

Start a promotion bank account before you finish your book, so you can share your book with thousands and feel confident about its distribution. Buy a book with the coach inside. Contact a book coach about online marketing, and how you can do it well in just 4-5 hours a week of your time. Avoid expensive mistakes. Schedule a low-cost half hour session to see if you are a match with a coach that will get what you need.

Invest as much time into marketing as you do in the writing of your book. Without it your book, and your business you want to market with your book, will stagnant or die.

4. Set a dollar goal for your book each month.

Don’t count copies sold. Count each month’s book income.

Make an enthusiastic goal a lot higher than you think you can do. And, create a realistic goal based on your actions. Put your goal near your workstation to remind you of what you want. Don’t price your book too low, so you’ll appreciate an easy, profitable experience.

Get what you deserve for all your work!

5. Take a teleseminar on how to market your book.

Teleseminars are simply seminars via the phone (conference call) with email support. These low cost and low time investments can make your book the great seller it should be. Your audience will want some tips from your book, and you can divide them up over several one-hour phone teleseminars. Teleseminars are a great way to sell yourself and your books, and a great way to attract new clients. Discover this inexpensive way to market via the phone and email. How convenient!

6. Don’t get fooled by high-cost services.

If it’s too good to be true, it isn’t true. Watch out for big expensive programs to get to be #1 on Amazon. That may be more work than the results you’ll get. Or, when you hire someone to do it all for you, it can cost $8000-$15,000 a publishing project, often with small results. When you hire a publicist, you may pay from $1000-$3500 a month. Results are what count.

Save yourself grief in time and money lost. Check out what services fit your budget, and get a realistic picture of what your results will be before you sign on the dotted line.

7. Learn more about online book marketing and start using it.

Think about reaching hundreds of thousands of your audience every week. When you give them what they want-free information-at your website, they will eventually buy. Ask your coach about the top ways to get targeted visitors to your web site-social media marketing, blogs, and article marketing.

Many clients come to me and say they are discouraged their book didn’t sell well in four months. Replace doubt with patience for the process. Success takes many months, but once you get it, the internet keeps it multiplied for you.

Many authors promote with talks, ads, or press releases. These don’t pay off well for the time and effort put into them. Realize what’s working and what’s not right now with your book marketing, and take action steps to change it.

Keep your marketing efforts going every week. OK, take a vacation too, and delegate what you can to a VA.

Knowing these secrets of what successful authors practice can help you receive the same recognition, branding, bigger visibility, sharing your good message, and creating a wealth stream to be envied by your peers.

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What works for you? What do you still need help with? When you comment, we all benefit :)

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Book and Blog Coach Judy Cullins helps you gain confidence and transform your ideas into life-long money-making content. Author of 14 books for business people and authors include “Write your eBook or Other Short Book–Fast!”Judy offers free, up-to-the minute weekly publications on book and blog writing and online marketing at

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  • Rosalind Y. Tompkins

    Great information! Thanks! As an author who has tried many things that have not worked, these are great tips that I can but into practice today!

  • Judy Cullins

    Rosalind, Thanks for your kind words. Wonder what book topic you’re working on now? If you want more of these, please check out my free telseminar at….

  • Judy Cullins

    Rosalind, Good to look at all useful information. You’d also love my short book at my stie
    on bk writing for sales at… ONly $15.95.

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  • Miles Travling

    Judy, I liked the book promo in email signature idea – I’d also include it in the address bar – ie, Author, “chaka waka” – if you’re writing daily to pay bills, it’s pretty hard to do much promo. — mentioning a book does help market yourself as a writer, though. thanks for the list!

  • Charmane Kirkland

    Great tips…especially using your email signature to promote your book. Thanks a million.

  • Robert Medak

    Writing is a business and should be treated like it, whether book, blog, or freelance.

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