The best books for authors who want to increase book sales

Who am I?

I grew up reading my dad’s hardcore sci-fi and my mother’s romance, horror, and thrillers. This led to my desire to become a published author. Prior to 2012, I was a bestselling Canadian author with a handful of titles published. After hitting #4 on Amazon’s Bestsellers list, I was approached by agents and publishers. Within weeks I signed multiple contracts. Trident Media Group asked to represent me. Yes! I signed two audio deals with Audible, and multiple deals with foreign publishers. One of my mottos has always been to help other writers when I can, so I share my marketing expertise and experiences.


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How I Made Over $42,000 in 1 Month Selling My Kindle eBooks

By Cheryl Kaye Tardif,

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What is my book about?

This book is specifically designed for Amazon's KDP Select publishing program. Tried and tested methods that will increase your followers, fans, mailing lists, and sales from Imajin Books publisher and bestselling author Cheryl Kaye Tardif. This book contains 130+ links to sites that will promote your ebook, plus other valuable resources. It is a To-Do book, not just To-Read. 

If you follow these steps, your sales will increase and you will build momentum that will keep going. I earned $100,000+ in one year because I did everything described, and the following year I earned $100,000+ because of the momentum built using these strategies and hitting #4 on Amazon’s overall bestseller’s list for my thriller, Children of the Fog.

The books I picked & why

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How to Sell Books by the Truckload on Amazon

By Penny C. Sansevieri,

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Why this book?

When I was a fledgling author, I had no experience selling books, but I had sold Pampered Chef, Amway, cosmetics, and other companies’ products. Penny’s marketing books helped me to look outside of the box, especially outside the bookstore or Amazon. Many of her strategies helped me get to the highlight of my career, when one of my thrillers was #4 after The Hunger Games trilogy on Amazon.com’s overall bestseller list, out of millions of books.


BookBub Ads Expert: A Marketing Guide To Author Discovery

By David Gaughran,

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Why this book?

David Gaughran understands the intricacies of BookBub Ads, including the importance of carefully selected categories or genres and creating a major campaign. BookBub remains the leader in marketing books independently published via the KDP platform, and a planned marketing campaign is key to increasing sales. You will want to apply David’s strategies to your own BookBub Ad campaign, including the overlapping or layering of promotional ads.


Supercharge Your Kindle Sales: Simple Strategies to Boost Organic Sales on Amazon and Blow Up Your Author Mailing List

By Nick Stephenson,

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Why this book?

If you’re looking for strategies that work, ones that are simple enough for anyone to do, this book has it all. He starts with the psychology of readers, what they search for on Amazon, and how searches, keywords, genres, etc. affect your sales. This book is a must-have if you plan to market Kindle ebooks. The info he gives on building a mailing list is a must-learn for every author.


Published: The Proven Path From Blank Page To 10,000 Copies Sold

By Chandler Bolt,

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Why this book?

I enjoyed reading about Chandler’s experience in publishing, and I liked his approach to documenting his actual experiences/strategies and sharing them with others. I don’t just want to read that an author has earned six figures; I want to know how they did it. Chandler has built a name for himself, offering his expertise in all things book publishing and marketing.


This Is Marketing: You Can't Be Seen Until You Learn to See

By Seth Godin,

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Why this book?

As Godin states: “Great marketers don't use consumers to solve their company's problem; they use marketing to solve other people's problems.” This book is for anyone in sales. For writers, you may find you see book marketing in a new light after reading this book. Not only is there psychology in how consumers (readers) make their decisions, learning to sell books also has a psychology behind it. Once you know who you are selling to and understand their needs, you can and will sell more.


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