Saturday, February 23, 2019

Selling Books from the Platform (without selling)

by Cathy Fyock @CathyFyock

You’re speaking at a conference or seminar. You’d like to sell your books. But you also know that the event planner has strict rules about not selling from the platform. 

How can you sell books without selling books?
1. Include the title of your book in your introduction that you bring to the engagement.

2. Be sure to let your introducer know that you are doing a book signing after your session, and ask that person to mention it when you are introduced.

3. Ask your introducer to remind attendees at the end of the session to join you in the bookstore immediately following your session to buy your book.

4. Ask anyone wanting to ask you questions after the program to join you in the bookstore (or walk with you).

5. Read a short snippet from your book during your presentation and hold your book!

6. At least once, say "As I discuss in my book . . ." and provide the information.

7. Don't tease attendees or withhold information when speaking. A definite no-no is saying something like, "I would answer that question, but you'll need to buy the book to get the answer." This is always wrong. But you might say something like "If you'd like a deeper dive on this issue, you can find it in my book or I'm happy to talk offline" (after you've answered the question in a general way).


Cathy Fyock is The Business Book Strategist, and works with thought leaders and professionals who want to write a book as a professional development strategy. She is the author of eight books, including On Your Mark: From First Word to First Draft in Six Weeksand Blog2Book: Repurposing Content to Discover the Book You’ve already Written. To date she has helped more than 150 professionals become published authors. 

1 comment:

  1. Your wisdom and professionalism is showing. These are sound tips.
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