19 Marketing Tips for Books (and Other Products) From Bestselling Authors

What’s the best way to write a bestselling book? Ask a hundred people and you’ll get 100 different answers.

This post serves a couple purposes. The first is to collect and share some awesome book marketing tips from the authors you’ll find below. After all, the “round-up” post format is a proven winner.

The second purpose is admittedly a little more self-serving. I’ve got a new book launch coming up and wanted to hear from some of the best in the business what I should to give it the best chances for success.

$1K 100 Ways: The Book Project 6 Years in the Making

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In early 2015, I registered the domain name 1k100ways.com.

I thought it would be awesome to showcase 100 different ways to earn an extra $1000, and highlight some of the great work of the Side Hustle Nation community.

And then I sat on it.

Children’s Publishing: How to Make Money with Kids Books on Amazon

Matthew Ralph

Royalties from book sales is one of the most passive of all my income streams.

After you create a book, with print or digital distribution handled by Amazon,  you can collect royalties for years.

And while I enjoy the writing process and have published several titles myself, I have yet to venture into the world of children’s books. 

364: Public Domain Publishing: $100,000 Selling Classic Books on Amazon

Looking for a part-time side hustle where you get can your inventory for free and there are almost no startup costs?

This week, I’m excited to introduce the side hustle of public domain publishing.

This is the art and science of republishing classic literature – where the copyrights have expired – and earning passive royalties when your version sells.

339: Low Content Publishing: Can You Make Money Selling Blank Books on Amazon?

selling blank books

This week I’m excited to introduce one of the hottest side hustles of the moment, and that is low-content self-publishing.

What is low-content publishing?

Let me explain — self-publishing has been around for a decade, and we’ve covered that quite a bit in both fiction and non-fiction — it’s one of my favorite and perhaps most passive side hustles. Write the book, hit publish, collect royalties for years.

277: How to Set Up and Sell a Group Coaching Program

Paul Brodie is a former special needs teacher turned 11-time Amazon bestselling author. What started as a side hustle writing about his own weight loss journey turned into a string of bestselling titles on Amazon, $3000 paid speaking gigs, 1-on-1 self-publishing coaching, and ultimately the group coaching program I invited Paul on the show to share … Read more

Self-Publishing Income Report: 12 Months Post-Launch

A year ago I launched my book Buy Buttons out into the world.

It was my most ambitious book project to-date, and I put a lot of effort into the creation and marketing of it.

The launch did well. The book became an Amazon bestseller on its first day and earned around $2600 in profit in its first month.

But several people have asked how it’s done since then, and while I had a vague idea that it was still selling daily, I figured the 1-year anniversary would be a good excuse to dive into the numbers to see in concrete terms how profitable it’s been in its first year.

224: $5k a Month as a Self-Published Author – in Fiction!

Derek Murphy is a world traveler, book cover design extraordinaire, and the author of a dozen different books, mainly in the young adult fantasy genre.

A lot of the content and interviews on the Side Hustle Show has been related to non-fiction books, usually solving a specific problem or containing useful and practical ideas. Fiction is a bit of a different animal, and something Derek covers in detail over on his site at CreativIndie.com.

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