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The Three Golden Rules
Rule #1: Have a workable marketing plan to promote
and sell your book.
The operational word here is workable.
Self-publishers have numerous marketing obstacles. They do not have large
advertising budgets. They do not have contacts with major newspapers and
magazines—contacts that have been nurtured through the years. They do not have
publicists able to obtain five minutes of exposure on network or local
television. They do not have a nationwide sales force. They do not have a wide
range of titles.
Rule #2: Put the Marketing Plan into action before the book
To the novice, this may seem like putting the cart
before the horse. To the professional, the reverse is true. Covers are prepared
in advance for photographs, even simulated in dimension and appearance if
necessary. Photos are useful in local or national publicity, as well as in
direct mail. Without photographs, pre-promotions are virtually meaningless.
Rule #3: Order a minimum quantity on the first printing.
Even the most astute publisher has been known to make
errors of judgment in the first book printing. Result: oversupply, lowered sale
price, loss of potential profits.
Here are some other ways to make sure to mazimize book sales
- Always have a toll-free 800 number people can call to
order your book.
- Always have the ability to take major credit card
orders by phone.
- Mailers to the trade should always have your stated
retail price, retail structure, terms including return charges, shipping costs
(if not included) and a full description of the book.
- Publicity releases should always effectively describe
the book contents and offer a brief biography of the author.
- Self-mailers should be readable, attractive, and
offer other services to the bookstore, including book signings.
- Mailing lists should be detailed and accurate,
stating the name of the individual, as necessary, or the person's title.
Follow-up telephone call always prove practical.
- The front and back cover of your book can be an
excellent Point-of-Purchase display.
- Accept the fact it will take one to three years to
sell your first edition unless you are remarkably good or lucky.
- As a rule of thumb, the cost of promotion should
roughly equal two to three times the cost of producing your book, depending on
the initial quantity. The promotion cost would be extended over a far greater
time period of course.