$0 TO $1K PER MONTH: AUTHOR MARKETING TRAINING

How to BUILD YOUR AUTHOR BUSINESS TO $1K PER MONTH – AND BEYOND.

This free seven-day course will show you how to grow your book sales to $1k per month (or more) and everything you need to have in place to get there. Plus, if you haven’t written your first book yet, we’ll show you how to turn “ideas” into bestselling books in record time – so you can start building your author career without all the headaches. Scroll down for part one…

PART ONE – THE MATH BEHIND $1K PER MONTH

JUST HOW MANY NEW READERS DO YOU NEED? HINT: IT’S PROBABLY FEWER THAN YOU MIGHT THINK…

By Nick Stephenson (Part One of… Well, several).


^^ Watch the video above for an introduction to this lesson, and what else is coming your way.

HOW TO USE THIS SESSION

  1. Watch the intro video above for a breakdown of how everything fits together
  2. Read the text and watch the supplementary videos for a deeper understanding
  3. Make a note of the summary and complete the action items (I’ve included a pre-made worksheet that will calculate your numbers for you)
  4. Haven’t written and published your first book yet? You might want to check out our companion series, Blank Page to Published for the rundown of everything you need to know (and do).
  5. Leave a question at the bottom if you need help (or just want to say hi!)

Let’s get stuck in…

HOW DO WE GROW OUR BOOK SALES?

Writing and publishing a book has never been easier – whole industries have sprung up to help support authors following their passions and building their career. But just how difficult is it to get sales – especially as an independent author?

I’ve spent the last 7+ years helping authors grow their audience, sales, and exposure – and I’ve seen a lot of changes. But one thing that stays the same are the principles of marketing.

That is, getting someone’s attention, keeping it, and then having them come back time and time again to buy your latest releases.


^^ Simon got to 100,000+ sales in less than a year following what I’ll show you in this seven-day course.

How to Boost Your RESULTS

It’s not “easy” (of course it isn’t) but, like anything, there are principles and frameworks you can follow to make it a whole lot less difficult.

So, in this seven-day course, I want to break down just how to go about building up your book sales to $1,000 per month (or more) – using proven strategies, tactics, and principles to help you get where you want to be.

We’re going to avoid getting distracted with “shiny red balls” and instead focus on a handful of proven strategies that will get you where you need to be (so your job as an “author marketer” gets a lot more simple – no more overwhelm).

If you’d like to dive into the topics we’ll be covering in even more detail, I’ll be sending out an invite to some on-demand video workshops where I’ll cover everything in this series (and a whole lot more) – plus a few “extras” I didn’t have time to include – so make sure you keep an eye open for those.

And if you need any help at any time, or if you have questions about the material and how YOU can apply it to YOUR circumstances, make sure you join me in the comments section – if you have any questions about the material, just let me know (and I’ll reply).

With that being said, let’s jump in!

Know Your Numbers

Traffic is the lifeblood of any online business. Of course, you need eyeballs on your work – and this is where most authors start: trying to get traffic. But there’s an issue…

What if all that traffic (that you’ve spent forever trying to get) isn’t performing as expected?

You see, before we can start work on “getting tons of traffic,” there are a few things to work out first. The first is understanding your numbers or, in other words, how much traffic you are actually going to need to hit your financial goals.

If we stick with the $1k per month target (which is entirely do-able), then it breaks down like this:

  • $1,000 per month, or
  • $33 per day (more or less)

So, if your books are priced at $4.99 (adjust accordingly) – and you’re getting a royalty of $3.50 on that – you need to sell 9.5 copies per day to hit your target. Doesn’t sound all that insurmountable, does it? And it gets better…

That figure is if you only have one book. If you have multiple books, and readers buy more than one book from you, then you don’t need to find 9 or 10 NEW readers each day.

The actual figure might be a lot less. Let’s take a look at an example from an author with, say, 6 books.


^^ a pretty typical read-through rate for a series (your numbers might be different, but this is a good rule of thumb).

In this case, the author sees readers progress through his or her catalogue to the extent that each new reader doesn’t just spend $3.50 – they spend close to $7.50. More than double. Why is this so important? It all comes down to clicks and conversions.

Case In Point

The author with 1 book needs to bring in 9.5 new readers every day to hit $1k per month. The author with 6 books only needs to bring in 4.4 new readers each day.

In terms of clicks, if we assume 10% of people who click through to your book page will buy (that’s about right) then it looks like this:

  • Author 1: needs 95 clicks
  • Author 2: needs 44 clicks

The good news here is that even if you only have 1 book, getting 95 clicks per day isn’t impossible (or even that difficult).

And if you are working on expanding your catalogue – or already have several books – it’s even easier.

[NOTE: I’ve included a pre-made worksheet at the bottom of the page which will calculate your numbers for you – just fill it in with your own data, or leave the numbers as-is to get a good ballpark to aim for]

(And ninja tip – if you have a few books out there but aren’t sure what your “read through rate” is, just count up your reviews on each book and see how they compare to each other – that should give you a good idea).

IN A NUTSHELL…

Here’s a video I put together explaining this concept in more detail (I’ve skipped to the correct part, but feel free to watch from the beginning if you prefer).


^^ How many clicks do you really need? Let’s find out…

With that in mind, if you take a look at your numbers (check your KDP sales graph) you should get a pretty good idea of how much a new reader is worth to you.

It might be $3 or $5. It might be $10 or more. It could be anything.

But understanding how much a reader is WORTH means you know how much you can SPEND – both in terms of time and money – to acquire one, and still make a profit (especially important if you’re running ads).

And if you’ve ever run ads in the past, or run email promotions, you should also have a pretty good idea of how many clicks it takes to make a sale.

Meaning, you now know how much each click is worth to you and how many clicks per day you need to hit your revenue goals.

SIMPLE EXAMPLE WITH ONE BOOK: if you have a 10% conversion rate, you need 10 clicks to make a sale, which earns you $3.50. You need 10 sales per day to earn $1k per month, which works out at 100 clicks.

^^ In this example, each click earns you $0.35.

ANOTHER SIMPLE EXAMPLE (WITH SIX BOOKS): if you have a 10% conversion rate, you need 10 clicks to make a sale, which earns you a total of $7 (because of read-through). You now need 5 per day to break $1k per month, which works out at 50 clicks.

^^ In this example, each click earns you $0.70 (twice as much).

These are just example numbers – you can figure out your own by using the handy worksheet I’ve included at the bottom of the page (it’ll calculate it for you).

Chances are, you’ll fall somewhere between these two examples. The key point to remember is once you break it down into “how many clicks do I need” then your job gets a lot easier. This is especially important when you start advertising (if you know how much a click earns, you know how much you can spend and still make a profit).

This is an incredibly important step – and something a lot of authors skip over (and it’s not scary – you don’t need 100% exact figures – just get the best you can from the data you have access to).

YOUR NUMBERS – CALCULATOR

I’ve put together a pre-filled spreadsheet to help you figure out your own numbers – meaning you can get a good idea of how many clicks you’ll need each day to hit your revenue goals. Check out the video above for a walkthrough of how to use it, then download the spreadsheet file here:

Download the Calculator Spreadsheet Here

^^ NB this is an Excel Spreadsheet file so you’ll need some software to open it and use it (it’s pre-installed on most devices). If you have any issues, try using a computer rather than a mobile device.

And if you’re just starting out – don’t worry. You can collect all this data later, when you have the numbers (and just use the baseline figures I’ve given you in this lesson to get started with).

So – we can work out a rough idea of how many clicks we need (and you can adjust up or down depending on your revenue goals) – but how do we get those clicks? And how do we make sure those clicks are actually doing something useful?

That’s what we’re going to start covering in the next lesson. In the meantime, let’s recap:

SUMMARY

Growing your business to hit a specific revenue goal means understanding exactly how many clicks you’ll need each day to get there. This means getting your head around how many clicks it takes to make a sale – and how much that sale will earn you in total.

If you don’t have access to that data right now, don’t worry – it will come. And even understanding the principle of this puts you ahead of the pack (because you think of marketing as “getting clicks” instead of an overwhelm-inducing barrage of different “tactics” that don’t move the needle).

ACTION STEPS

  • If you don’t have access to your clicks and sales data, you can run some simple Amazon Ads using their automated targeting options. Even a small spend ($20-$50) can give you some valuable data to work with (we’ll cover Amazon Ads soon).
  • To get a rough idea of how much each new reader earns you, take your total earnings for the last 90 days and divide by the number of downloads of your lead-in book (usually a first in series). This isn’t a perfect number, but it’s a good ballpark to work with.
  • Next, work out your conversion rate (number of clicks to get a sale or download, as a percentage). You can get this data by running some Amazon Ads or by using Amazon Associates tracking links (or by tracking clicks from your emails / website and looking at your sales graph).
  • Use the pre-filled calculator worksheet if you need help
  • Now you know how many clicks you’ll need to make one sale, and how much that sale will make you in total across your catalogue.
  • Finally, simply scale that number up until you hit your desired revenue goal (eg $1k per month might mean 5 new readers per day and 50 clicks for you).
  • Now you have a good idea of how many clicks you’ll need to hit your goals, it’s time to start going out and getting those clicks (and making sure they’re converting)! We’ll start covering that in the next lesson.

Don’t have access to this data yet? Just getting started? Don’t worry! It will come in time – and you can play with the numbers I’ve put in the worksheet to give you a good idea of where to aim.

In the meantime, leave a comment below if you have questions!

 

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