Imagine if you had a direct connection with thousands of readers who loved reading your books. And imagine if those readers eagerly awaited the launch of your next book. How would that direct relationship with your readers change your writing career? How would you feel knowing that every time you started a new book project, you already had people excited to buy it and ready to recommend it to others?
In Your First 1000 Copies, seasoned book marketing expert Tim Grahl walks you through how successful authors are using the online marketing tools to build their platform, connect with readers and sell more books.
Tim has worked with over 100 different authors from top best sellers such as Hugh Howey, Daniel Pink, Charles Duhigg, Chip and Dan Heath, Ramit Sethi, and Pamela Slim to authors just get started on their first writing project. He has worked with authors across all fiction and non-fiction genres.
The result is Your First 1000 Copies and the Connection System, a plan that every author can immediately start using. The plan looks like this:
This is a system that any author can immediately put in place to start building their platform. Whether you're a seasoned author looking to step into the new publishing landscape, or you're a brand new author, Your First 1000 Copies will give you the tools to connect with readers and sell more books.
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Great content about how authors can take their careers (and, by extension, their lives) into their own hands. Tim's advice is both practical and revolutionary. Very empowering!
This book is lean because the author does not endlessly repeat platitudes and give vague words of advice. Many audio books on promoting the sale of new books sound like they are selling themselves instead of giving concrete actionable advice. They are fluffed out to book length when the net information contained in them could be stated in a single paragraph.
This book is meaty because it is full of concise factual advice laid out in a logical manner. The author outlines the tools and plans that the reader can put into action immediately. He also tells the reader what actions would not be worth their time.
This question applies more to works of fiction.
Tim Grahl narrated his own book which works well because he understands his own material better than a hired narrator.
This question may apply more to fiction.
I have ordered the paperback version of this book to use as a reference copy.
Unlike some people, I enjoy nonfiction audiobooks narrated by the author. It gives the book a flair that professional narrators can't. After all, the author knows best how to express the ideas.
That's the case here, as the author does a great job of expressing himself. I've listened to him in seminars and podcasts, and his voice is consistent.
Content-wise, this is the best book on marketing out there. If you're looking for something to listen to on the way to work, you can't do any better, especially if you're trying to focus on growing your mailing list.
Also, the bonus interview at the end with Tim was totally unexpected and greatly appreciated. I almost missed it, though.
Performance-wise, this could have been better, but that's to be expected from an author-narrated book. There were a few run-on sentences and choppy reads that could have been better. They weren't too distracting, but they were noticeable.
This was a great audiobook, and I'd definitely listen to it again.
Your First 1000 Copies guides you through the process of developing your fan base. Tim emphasizes the importance of creating an email list. Its okay to manage your marketing and launch through social media but you want to hook people and get them on to an email list. Check this book out if you want to extend your reach and provide more value from your book.
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