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3 Easy Ways to Sell Your Book
03 Jul 2018

3 Easy Ways to Sell Your Book

If you’ve made a book, getting it out into the world for others to enjoy is your next step. Here are three ways to sell your book:

1. The Blurb Bookstore

Anything you make with Blurb, with any desktop tool, can be set up for sale. The Blurb Bookstore is great because each one of your projects gets its own product page with an independent link that you can post to social media or send in email. Blurb also handles the money, shipping, and order fulfillment for you. So, you can share the link with your friends, family, and fans and they can click to buy your book directly. This fulfillment and product page is free, without cutting into the profits you’ve set to make.

2. Local, in-person stores or events.

Local, independent stores can be more flexible with their inventory and space than big chain stores. Try approaching your local independent bookstore, or consider something more niche. If you made a cookbook, try getting it placed near the register at a local market. They may be open to giving you shelf space in exchange for some of the profits. This is also true if you wrote a book about your town or city or something else local. Getting those beautiful books placed in local boutiques might also work with this consignment scheme.

Sometimes, with a good enough relationship with a store or some compelling stats about your following, you can persuade a local store to partner with you for a signing event. It’s important to note that this in-store option means doing a volume order of your title ahead of time so you have copies on hand to sell—this also lets you take advantage of volume discounts!

Bonus: Watch for local craft or art sales where you may be able to get a book a booth and sell projects of your work at different, scalable price points. You can sell grand coffee table books, magazines, smaller photo books, etc. to offer your work. This can be a great way to sell your content to a wider audience by making it accessible at lower price points.

3. Sell on Amazon or through Barnes & Noble for wider distribution.

Whether you make a photo book or a trade book, you can set it up for wider distribution. Photo books are sold through the Amazon Marketplace, where they’ll get their own product page and a shareable link. Your book will also be searchable by Title or ISBN, so this is an incentive to make your title VERY unique or make sure that people have the number information for your book. It can take a while for new books to become visible in searches for these big databases for new authors. There are distribution fees associated with this sales method, but it can be really satisfying to send people to Amazon or Barnes and Noble to order your book. Plus they both offer the possibility of being discovered by people you don’t know.

There are so many possibilities! To get started, order a proof copy of your book. If everything looks right, start with 10 or 20 and have them on hand for family, friends, or anyone interested. You may be surprised how easy it is to engage the people around you with just a couple copies on hand!

Good Luck!

Have any other suggestions for how to sell your book? Share them with other booksellers in the comments below!

 


Jessica Ruscello

Jessica is writer, teacher, and photographer who makes her mark with empty coffee cups, ink spills, and red lipstick. She’s passionate about creativity, people, and the written word. She believes anything worth doing is worth doing beautifully. When not chasing the perfect sentence, she’s stalking Bay Area beauty camera in-hand, amazed and grateful that she gets to call San Francisco her home.

  • Tom Bowden

    Helpful article… thanks. Now I need some design help….

    • Hi Tom, not sure what type of design you are looking for. I can suggest a good illustrator and very reasonable too.

  • Corean Strong

    These are good suggestions. I have tried the first two with my book, “All God’s Children Got Shoes”. I sold 9 copies at the art street fair. I also have a few copies at a local mailbox store on consignment and will be going to church bookstores and other local christian bookstores to engage with them. I have given copies to people who have done favors for me and that was very rewarding to do. I am also scheduled to do a book signing with my local library. God is good!

  • Nice article!

  • HannaFate

    Item #3. It would be more helpful if you gave a hint on how to do that.

  • Hiro Hero

    Tip #3 is one I’m trying my best to do. Currently, my book is for sale as a print book on the Barnes and Noble website, but I’m trying to get it to be sold in stores as well. Unfortunately, on their website, in order to do that, I would have to sell 1,000 book copies within a year. So for now, I’ll just keep the idea of ordering a few copies of the book, placing them on an empty shelf in the store and just pretending they’re in stores. 🙂 Of course, I won’t leave them there, haha. I would like to agree on something you said as well in tip #3, “You may be surprised how easy it is to engage the people around you with just a couple copies on hand!”, that is VERY true! I’m about to be a Senior in high school this year and since my Sophmore year, I gave my 7th grade English teacher my book and her reaction was just amazing to the point, I kept ordering books for every teacher I had. Eagerly awaiting the chance to be able to deliever the books to my kindergarten – third grade teachers!