One of our customers asked a question about the figures we mention in the sales letter for Kickstarter. She wanted to know what she could do to replicate those numbers.
Those sales figures for the three people are all just Createspace sales. Those are perfect bound books printed by CS and then shipped to the customer when they place an order on Amazon.
The reason why they are doing so well is that they have a LOT of books published on Amazon.
In the Book a Day System, we talk about this a lot, hence the #1000BooksDec18 challenge.
It takes time! Let me say it again. It takes time to get to those numbers. I am not making that kind of money with Amazon / Createspace sales YET but I am getting closer.
I have given myself just under a year to get to a specific number in terms of sales. You can do it faster or you can do it slower. It does not matter how fast someone else is doing it. What matters is YOU. Work at a pace that fits your lifestyle.
Secondly, stop second-guessing yourself. If you are going to do this, then commit. And do something every single day towards that goal. Don’t expect results within a month or two. It takes time.
What happens is people get excited by those types of success stories and they start out doing the work. Then they get discouraged because they are not seeing the results. This is normal. We all go through this.
Some of you might be thinking “Oh, a year is just too long”.
Is it really? Think back to a year ago in your life. What if you had started then and committed yourself to a task like this? How different would your life be right now?
It took Debbie Miller a year to get to 1200 books. You know how she did it? Every morning before work, she would prep her interiors and covers. When she came home in the evening, she would load them on CS and approve the ones from the previous day. She did this EVERY SINGLE DAY.
Our planners and templates are designed to make the process a lot easier for you. You could load 10 books a day MINIMUM just by changing the covers.
I did 130 books in one day. They were identical lined journals each with a different cover. I can’t do that every day because I have other work to do but there is NOTHING stopping you except your own limiting beliefs.
How much spare time do you have in a day? Can you cut out an hour of TV and use that time to create instead? We know that this works. But it will only work if you are prepared to do the work. There is no shiny or magic button that will make it happen for you. Only you can make it happen.
So now for a bit of tough love. I really want each one of you to succeed at this. Nothing would make me happier than for you to tell me that you are making more money then me selling blank and no-content books. I don’t care about the amount. What I care about is that your life has changed as a result of this. That you can go to sleep each night in peace, knowing that you do not have to worry about finding the money each month to pay your bills and keep your families alive.
So stop making excuses. Get off Facebook. Stop watching TV. Get up an hour earlier each day. Do whatever it takes. But just GET IT DONE.
One year from now, you could be in a very different place. Do you think it’s worth it?
I decided to take Di Heuser’s coaching offer as I had been away from the publishing scene for a number of years and wanted to get back into it. Di was extremely knowlegable and helpful on the entire topic. She helped point me in the right direction, making a few changes to my business model and we worked out the best way I could target both business to business and business to customers.
Having just completed our sessions I now have a vision of where I want to go with my publishing and how to get there. I went from having only 3 books on Amazon to now just over 36 with a lot more in the pipeline.
I highly recommend taking Di up on her coaching offer if you are feeling confused, overwhelmed or just not sure of what path to take on your publishing journey.Sue Fleckenstein