By: Kim Lambert
Authors like writing (that’s a given). Most authors don’t like marketing (almost a given!). But, sigh…, we have to do marketing if we want our books to be a success.
So how do we know what marketing to do, what words to use, when to use them, where to market in what way? Most people just guess, or ask someone else who has had reasonable success. That’s OK, but it’s not exactly a solid, well planned approach.
To get the best results, authors need to understand sales theory (Wait!!! Don’t stop reading and run away in horror, it’s worth knowing, I promise!). People who sell for a living are taught this sort of thing, but others, for whom selling is a side effect of what they really want to do (like
not – it does not occur to them that they need to know, and it usually does not
occur to anyone to teach them.
Understanding this will help you, not just once you have finished a book, but also in designing / planning / plotting your book in the first place, to give it a much better chance of selling well. So, here is an overview of sales theory, as it applies to
Why do people buy things?
Let’s start with the core question: “Why do people buy things?”
Just sit with that for a minute, and think about it.
I bet that you came up with a list of things, about twenty reasons, or more – right?
What if I told you that there was only one reason? That’s right, just one! Do you want to know more? (See I told you that this sales theory stuff would be worth it!)
Here it is – People buy things as pain relief.
What??? What does that mean??? I can hear you saying.
Let me explain.
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Read the full article HERE!
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