If there is one email that I receive more often than any other, it’s one that asks, “Can you please tell me how to sell more books?” – and it’s a really difficult question to answer.
Being successful as a self-published author is not easy. With over two million books on Amazon, it’s hugely difficult to get noticed, and I appreciate that I am one of the lucky ones that has – until now at least – been fortunate enough to sell a lot of books. According to the Daily Telegraph, I am the top-selling self-published author in 2014 to date on Amazon UK, which is a huge honour against some very fierce competition. But it wasn’t easy. I worked long hours, ate lots of biscuits, put on a ton of weight – all to try to get my first book noticed.
Something worked with that book – but the same approach didn’t work the second time and had to be modified. The third book followed a different pattern altogether, and who knows what will happen with the fourth – due out early next year. But they all had something in common – I followed a process.
As a result of my perceived success, I have been asked by the Alderney Literary Trust if I will put on a one day course in self-publishing here in the beautiful Channel Islands. I want to be clear about this – the proceeds all go towards costs and a small amount to the trust. I am not doing this to make money out of other authors!
The day is going to cover everything from the basics – including understanding the KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) set up, to how to choose a cover that has impact. The majority of the afternoon will be spent on marketing, focusing on getting initial attention, building that into interest, a desire to buy and finally – the purchase.
If you think this course might be of interest to you, there are very few places left! As most people reading this will NOT be a resident of Alderney, it’s actually quite easy to get to via Southampton or Guernsey.
The package offered by the Braye Beach Hotel (see the photo above) includes flights from either of those airports – but there are lower cost hotel options available too. The course is to be held on Saturday 1st November, and further details can be found here.
To find out about the accommodation options, you need to click the BOOK NOW option from the Alderney Literary Trust page – but don’t worry – you won’t be tied into booking anything!