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Do You Dream of Becoming a Bestselling Author?
- Have you taken months or years of your life to write a beautiful, amazing book, but can’t seem to get people to buy it?
- When trying to market your book to a bookstore, have you been met with rejection or disdain (or both)?
- Are you struggling to get your book noticed with the 100,000 other books published each year?
- Are you embarrassed when friends and family ask how many books you’ve sold?
- Do you know you need help, but have little or no marketing budget?
- Are you sick of working so hard for nothing and feel like giving up?
- Would you like to finally succeed, having your book become a bestseller (or just sell a lot of copies) in one day - with little or no cost for marketing?
My name is Tara Meyer-Robson, and boy, do I understand these feelings! A few years ago, I was just like you—so tired of working so hard and making so little. Honestly, I stopped dreaming of being a bestseller and was just wishing I could sell even 30 copies a month. I was so worn out, I almost gave up. For an optimistic person like me, that’s a really bad place to be.
If you are at that place right now, DON”T GIVE UP! I promise you, you CAN do this, and I am going to show you my exact, step-by-step formula that helped me to sell 700 books in a day (and 3,000 in a week), instantly generated 100s of radio and TV interviews, and led to me selling my foreign rights and going on a 10 day book tour in Romania. In fact, the results of this ONE campaign are even going to today—almost 7 years later—but I will tell you more about that in a minute...
My bumpy road to bestselling author...
My story probably starts a lot like yours—since I was a child, I dreamed of being a bestselling author. From the time I was about 8, I wrote fiction, I wrote poetry, I wrote just about everything—but I became really passionate about creating a program to help to transform people’s lives. Inspired by this idea, I worked tirelessly for 5 years—often around the clock, sacrificing sleep, money, and time with my husband and friends—to research for and write my first book, The Flow: 40 Days to Total Life Transformation.
After finishing my first manuscript, I immediately had a L.A. agent interested in my work! I was sure this meant that my book would become a bestseller! I worked harder than ever—putting in 90 hour weeks for 4 months to edit the book down to its final form.
Crossing my fingers, I sent it off to the agent, who loved it and sent it to big publishing houses. While they liked my work, they all came back with the same message: I “needed a bigger platform” (Translation: “We want someone like Snooki or Paris Hilton that has a ton of followers that will instantly buy the book without any marketing on our part.”).
Well, I’m not Snooki or Paris Hilton (and I’m really okay with that) so I decided to sign with a small publishing house to get the book out there. After all, I wrote a great book, had a lot of marketing experience, and was willing to work harder than most to make something succeed; I was sure that it would be easy to get the kinds of sales numbers that attract the big publishing houses!
Very quickly, I learned the sad reality of the publishing world:
The average author in America sells 99 books for the entire life of her book.
Yes, that’s 99 books TOTAL!
Worse, since the average author makes about 75 cents a book, you can quickly compute how poor most authors are (and what the real hourly rate is for all that work you put into your book).
I also learned WHY average sales are so terribly low: Bookstores and book distributors make it almost impossible for a new author to succeed.
In fact, even with two prestigious national awards attached to my book—The Flow was awarded as a Finalist in ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year and was named as one of the Top 10 Books for Awakening by Soul Salon International—bookstores refused to stock my book because I was “unknown” (and because I wouldn’t pay for a bunch of extra in-store marketing).
So much for bookstores being driven by the love of authors...
Frustrated and feeling like a total failure, I almost gave up.
However, my husband cheered me on, encouraging me to keep going (thank goodness!). Pulling from my marketing background, I began to think about other ways to make my book a bestseller—so I tirelessly researched for new trends in the industry and sought out information on how other bestselling authors did it.
Combining all of this research into one focused campaign, on October 8th, 2008, my book FINALLY became a bestseller in 3 different categories on Amazon and stayed on the bestseller lists for over a week—and made it to #3 on the “Movers and Shakers” list of ALL books on Amazon!