Here’s Everything I Did To Launch a Bestselling Book (and How Much It’s Made So Far)

Last month I launched my latest book project, Buy Buttons, out into the world. On Day 1, it became an Amazon bestseller and has gone on to collect 75+ 5-star reviews and sell more than 2600 copies.

My process was much more involved this time around than it was two years ago for the launch of Work Smarter. A lot has changed during that time so I was excited to put some new ideas to the test.

In this post, I’ll break down the entire writing and launch process, step-by-step, start to finish.

195: How Book Marketing Really Works: Tips from a 6-Figure Self-Published Author

Last month I compiled a killer round-up post with book launch and marketing tips from 25 authors, entrepreneurs, and leaders in the self-publishing space.

When I sent my weekly newsletter out about it, one subscriber replied and said something to the effect of, “That’s cute, but let me show you how it really works.”

As you might have guessed, that subscriber was this week’s guest, Adam Houge.

191: Reverse-Engineering a Bestselling Book Launch

Tom Morkes has worked on the book launches for a number of previous Side Hustle Show guests, including John Lee Dumas, Dan Norris, Taylor Pearson, and Neil Patel.

What I wanted to do in this conversation was reverse engineer some of the steps that go into producing, launching, and marketing a bestselling book, even you don’t have thousands of fans waiting for it.

And selfishly, I wanted to get some insight on what I could do to make my latest book project, Buy Buttons, hit the top of the charts. Tune in to hear Tom’s top tips from more than a dozen different bestselling launches.

Quora for Bloggers: How to Accelerate Your Authority, Audience Growth, and Traffic

On December 7th, 2015, I started posting answers on Quora.com every day.

By the beginning of March — less than 3 months later — my answers had been viewed more than 500,000 times. This has more than doubled traffic to my blog, 10x’d my email sign-ups, and resulted in an increase in book sales.

This post explores my tactics for using Quora to re-purpose old content, accelerate your authority, and rapidly build an audience.

153: Zero to $20k a Month in a Year: 5 Ways to Completely Dominate Your Niche, with Jon Haws

We’ve heard of niche sites seeing success with AdSense or Amazon Associates income, or even with selling private advertising, but Jon Haws took a completely different approach.

Since last November, Jon has masterfully experimented with 5 different avenues and built up a huge email list. All told, these different channels — that didn’t even exist a year and a half ago — are earning more than $20,000 a month!

If you’re looking at a niche or authority business and need some new ideas on how to serve your audience, this is a can’t miss episode.

NoiseTrade Review: How I Got 455 New Email Subscribers in 5 Days

For authors looking to expand their reach — to grow their “platform,” in marketing-speak — NoiseTrade is worth checking out.

NoiseTrade started as a site to connect musicians with fans. The premise is pretty simple: download our tracks for free in exchange for an email opt-in.

It’s the same tried-and-true list growth tactic that’s been going on on the interwebs for years.

145: Amazon Ranking Secrets for Books and Physical Products from SEO Pro Dave Chesson

We’ve covered Kindle publishing in a variety of ways on The Side Hustle Show in the past, and it’s one of my favorite side hustles.

But one area of frustration, at least for me, is that for all the effort put into writing, editing, publishing, and launching the book, it’s still tough to sustain sales for long periods of time.

My guest this week has a way to keep moving units month after month, and it works for both books AND physical products (for all you FBA sellers out there).

140: Self-Publishing Success: Stay at Home Mom Shares Her Kindle Story

The self-publishing world has changed quite a bit in the last couple years. Amazon is constantly changing the rules and rewards for authors, and more and more writers are entering the fold.

In today’s show, I’m joined by Jyotsna Ramachandran, a “stay at home mom entrepreneur” and best-selling author. She shares candidly how she built her Kindle empire to more than 50 titles in less than 2 years, primarily with ghost-written content.

As the game has changed, she’s shifted her focus to produce more quality products and less quantity.

121: An Engineer’s Approach to Building a $1500 per Month Side Hustle

Tim Johnson is a man of many hustles. In fact, when he applied for my Inner Circle Mastermind last year, I had a hard time keeping them all straight.

Between his day job as a product engineer, his awesome self-publishing business, his Amazon FBA activities, and an upcoming brick-and-mortar project — and twin 2 year old boys — there’s no doubt he’s keeping busy!

On this call, we focus on his book business, which has earned a consistent $1000-1500 a month in author royalties.

Permafree on Amazon: How and Why to Give Your Book Away, Plus My Results

In January, I had a chance to sit down with Nick Stephenson, a top-selling Kindle author in both fiction and nonfiction. We recorded a podcast session on building an email list from Amazon.

The “hook” was Nick built a massive list of 15,000 email subscribers in just a few short months, using one pillar strategy: giving his books away for free.

The first was with his fiction work, a crime thriller series where he decided to make the first title in the series “permafree.” Later, he pulled the same trick in non-fiction with a giveaway (very meta) called Reader Magnets.

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