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Your First 1000 Copies: The Step-by-Step Guide to Marketing Your Book [Kindle Edition]

Tim Grahl
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Book Description

"If I could give an aspiring writer one piece of advice, it would be to read this book."
- Hugh Howey, New York Times best selling author of Wool

"Tim Grahl is fast becoming a legend, almost single-handedly changing the way authors around the world spread ideas and connect with readers. If you've got a book to promote, stop what you're doing right now and start reading YOUR FIRST 1000 COPIES."
- Daniel H. Pink, New York Times bestselling author of TO SELL IS HUMAN, DRIVE, and A WHOLE NEW MIND

"Your First 1000 Copies is a must-read for authors trying to build a connection with their readers."
- Dan Heath & Chip Heath, co-authors of Made to Stick, Switch, and Decisive

"I watched in awe this year as Tim Grahl had 5 clients on the New York Times bestseller list in the same week. There is no one I trust more to learn about book marketing."
- Pamela Slim, Author, Escape from Cubicle Nation

"Tim was an early pioneer in teaching book authors how Internet marketing ACTUALLY works."
- Hugh MacLeod, author of Ignore Everybody and Evil Plans

Imagine if you had a direct connection with thousands of readers who loved reading your books. And imagine if those readers eagerly awaited the launch of your next book. How would that direct relationship with your readers change your writing career?

How would you feel knowing that every time you started a new book project, you already had people excited to buy it and ready to recommend it to others?

In Your First 1000 Copies, seasoned book marketing expert Tim Grahl walks you through how successful authors are using the online marketing tools to build their platform, connect with readers and sell more books.

Tim has worked with over 100 different authors from top best sellers such as Hugh Howey, Daniel Pink, Charles Duhigg, Chip and Dan Heath, Ramit Sethi and Pamela Slim to authors just get started on their first writing project. He has worked with authors across all fiction and non-fiction genres. Along with his client work, he has studied many other successful authors to learn what works and what doesn't.

The result is Your First 1000 Copies where he walks you through the Connection System, a plan that every author can immediately start using. The plan looks like this:

  • Permission - How to open up communication with your readers where you can reliably engage them and invite them to be involved.

  • Content - How to use content to engage with current readers and connect with new ones.

  • Outreach - How to ethically and politely introduce yourself to new readers.

  • Sell - How all of these steps can naturally lead to book sales without being pushy or annoying

  • Track - How to use modern online tools to see what's working and what's not working, and how to make decisions based on data.

This is a system that any author can immediately put in place to start building their platform. Whether you're a seasoned author looking to step into the new publishing landscape, or you're a brand new author, Your First 1000 Copies will give you the tools to connect with readers and sell more books.

Product Details

  • File Size: 384 KB
  • Print Length: 147 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615796796
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Out:think; 1 edition (June 27, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,346 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid, simple, clear and short July 2, 2013
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I'm a successful full time author working on my fifth book. I'm familiar with book marketing experts and methods and sadly most of what's our there isn't very good. Many books make outlandish promises few authors achieve and are poorly written books of little substance.

This book is a glorious breath of fresh air. He honestly covers the facts, the methods and the attitudes that have worked for the authors he's worked with. These are not the cheapest or easiest methods to try and he's honest about that. Both he's also clear on the reasons and logic behind why these approaches are worthwhile in the long term.

It's a short, well written book - I read it in about an hour. Most of what I feel is regret I couldn't have read this a decade ago when I began writing books.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Focused and actionable June 30, 2013
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Grahl offers a coherent and focused plan to help authors build their platforms. It's a quick read, full of advice you can immediately put into practice.

Having read Michael Hyatt's excellent and comprehensive book Platform, I was skeptical that this book would offer anything new, but I was delighted to find Grohl's advice to be substantive, fresh, and insightful.

The book is particularly helpful in sorting through the conflicting popular wisdom around social media and email marketing for traditional books.

Highly recommended for anyone looking to build a platform.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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I'm a publishing consultant that helps authors to produce their books and I could truly say, the struggle of authors usually isn't on writing the books, but to market the books upon having it published. Many authors have this belief that "I just want to write a book, I don't want to be involved in the marketing process." If I could give them to read this book, that will change their entire mindset about marketing their book.

I like the author's Connection System which consists of four parts: Permission - Content - Outreach - Sell. The author puts everything in a very methodical and systematic way of executing the book marketing process.

Also, the author highlights an interesting point about social media which is exactly what I am thinking. Many people over-emphasized on social media as the end to a means. What a social media should be, it should be a means to an end. Social media is a merely tool for the author to use to boost his platform. The main platform of an author should still be his EMAILING LIST. The author would explain the great importance of having an EMAILING LIST as the way to build your follower base.

The author also quotes from many real-life dealings with authors. Every author has their fears and misconceptions when it comes to certain part of the book marketing process. Things like "Is it harmful to share too much free content on my blog?" "I don't want to appear too hard-sell on my readers" The author does a good job in quelling those legitimate fears, which I'm sure you would have them too if you are an author.

Overall, a highly recommended book on book marketing that is written with the intention to help authors and also based on real-life experiences. It would help you to see book marketing as a fun and exciting process if you see it from the right perspective.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm Thinking Differently About My Platform June 28, 2013
By CJ West
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I've been a self-published writer since 2005 and I've worked hard to host creative and fun events for my readers. I knew Tim had read one of my books, but was really surprised to find myself profiled in his book.

So why then did I need to read it?

Like many authors, I work hard to engage readers, but I am really not good at making sales.

Your First 1000 Copies lays out a roadmap to building an author platform that leads naturally to sales and outlines when and how to ask readers to buy. The book has forced me to rethink the time I spend on many of my platform activities and to spend more time tracking results instead of getting caught up in meaningless numbers.

Starting today I will refocus my efforts in a significant way and I have Tim to thank for the time saved.

Highly recommended reading for any author.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read For Anyone Looking To Build An Audience August 7, 2013
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In this video I share my experience with Tim and with his work. There are a lot of valuable insights that can be taken from his book. I think the framework it starts off with separates it from a sleazy marketing book. That platform is, " Your writing makes people's lives better." That's a great perspective for authors who hesitate to market their work.

I think I may have to write a 2nd book after reading this. Lord knows I could have used it for my first one. Thanks Tim!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected January 28, 2014
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Although there is a lot of good information in the book, I found it more geared toward the non-fiction writer. I wasn't hoping for a "quick, sell 1,000 copies" path to success, and that is a good thing. The path, according to Grahl, is more like a marathon. You have to build up your 'permissions' before you can effectively use your 'outreach'. All good info, but not at all what I expected from a fiction writers interest.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new and June 19, 2014
By Kate
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There was nothing in this book that I haven't read many times on line. At several points in the book where specific and useful information could have been presented, the reader is told to check Mr. Grahl's website, where one is directed to sign up for his email updates. The central concept of his sales strategy is to drive potential customers to your website to get them to sign up for emails, so I have to congratulate the author on demonstrating his own sales tactics. However, once signed up, I became the recipient of a month-long sales pitch for Mr. Grahl's additional products. If I felt that the first investment had been worth my while, I might have considered follow-on purchases, but really, there is not enough substance here to inspire me to throw more money at this author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars a good find.
Promised to deliver 1,000 copies of your book, didn't really learn anything new, but for very new authors, a good find.
Published 4 days ago by Pamela D. Taeuffer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Ideas and Tips
This is an interesting book and I think the theories and solutions proposed on selling more books are valid. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Ken Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have Book for All Authors
This is one of the most helpful books about book marketing that I have ever purchased. And the free 30-day class that Tim provides for signing up on his website is equally... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Natalie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read from beginning to end
Practical. Great read from beginning to end.
Published 9 days ago by Greg
2.0 out of 5 stars Emailing people every week about your murder mystery... Really?
I'm really not sure what all these great reviews are about. Tim Grahl suggests that new book authors place their primary attention on building their email lists, and contacting... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Patricia Lee Como
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
I loved this book! I meet so many authors who write a book then quite literally get on social media and beg people to buy it. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Halona Black
4.0 out of 5 stars Could help you move the needle on your book.
Autoresponders, philosophy of helpfulness, deliver more than people expect. Don't sound corporate. Some basic stuff to put you on the path of the long haul to author success. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Steve Windsor
4.0 out of 5 stars Approachable!
Clear strategy, tactics, and call to action!
Gained new ideas and authors who have gone before to model my approach.
Published 25 days ago by Erik van Mechelen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book, Great teacher!
Your Fist 1000 Copies talks about the very thing that I wanted to hear more about. Building an email list and getting permission from my readers to let them know about my releases. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific book. His method works.
Amazing how much info is provided in this book. Plus, it's obvious the author practices what he's suggesting. Read more
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More About the Author

Tim Grahl is the president of Out:think, a firm that helps authors and writers create their platform, connect with readers and sell more books. He works with top best selling authors such as Daniel Pink, Chip and Dan Heath, Hugh Howey, Dan Ariely and even Pamela Slim. This spring he had five clients on the New York Times best seller list at the same time.

Tim's book, "Your First 1000 Copies: The Step-by-Step Guide to Marketing Your Book" is the definitive guide on how authors can build their online platform. At Body of Work LIVE, Tim will share what he has learned working with the some of the most creative people in the world on what it means to share your work and touch people's lives.


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