Increase Your Book Sales… Before Your Write Your Book

The Writer's Adventure Guide: 12 Stages to Writing Your Book by Beth BaranyIs it possible?

Well, anything is possible…

The real question is: Are you willing to take the risk?

It’s risky to look outward at the Other and ask: What do you want?

I don’t know about you,  but my first impulse is to run away… but since I’m sitting here writing, and committed to writing a post every day (that 31-day challenge, remember?), I’ll sit here and squirm. You’re invited to squirm with me!

I first want to acknowledge why I want to run, or at least do some interesting, less focused work like Internet surfing, Facebook and Twitter chatting, and other fun busy work online.

I want to run from looking outward at the Other because I’d rather daydream my novel than figure out how to market it. Maybe that’s why it’s taken me a few years to actually finish it…

We authors would rather look inward and experience our story world than look outward and talk to real people… Just a guess.

Also, I feel screwed. Pardon my language. I mean, the books I’ve published — what about them? I can’t go back in my handy-dandy time machine and market and sell those books before they’re written. How can I increase sales for those books? (Yes, they’re on Amazon.)

I do know that the #1 thing I can do to increase my sales is to let my audience know about me, my books, and most importantly, how my books can benefit them!

Easier said than done, right?

I’m doing it, and so can you — by being active online with the intent to serve, with the intent to widen and broaden my contacts, and with the intent and trust that I can figure this out (see my hands waving in the general direction of “over there,” at the invisible stack of books on how to be a bestselling author.)

Are you willing to take the risk to increase your visibility and credibility as an author? And how?

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  • Eva McKellen says:


    The personal connection an author makes with their readers is priceless. I know we’ve talked about social media and I know why authors and entrepreneurs do it … still, when Virginia Henley answered me personally on Facebook, I was impressed by her warmth and good manners and inspired to reread her books from oh… 15 or so years ago. AND I bought another. Even though it’s not usually the type of book I read nowadays.

    Let’s never underestimate the personal connection!

    And you touch – in a delightful way – so many people everyday. 🙂

    I can’t WAIT to read your book!


  • Beth Barany says:

    Thanks Eva! Social media has allowed fans and authors connect in a way they never have been able to before! What a wonderful result of Virginia Henley answering you personally! I hope you’ll let her know too! I’m glad you can WAIT to read my book. I’ll be sure to shout out to the word when my fiction is published! ~Beth

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