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Unconventional Sales

This is one of the lessons that I think propelled my career in the first place. Without the lessons I learned from other self-publishers, I doubt I would be in Barnes and Noble today. You must create unconventional sales if you want to make a living selling books.

This lesson is actually one that I took from my street life, which I think gives me a slight edge over today’s market. I have my license to sell or should I say hustle my books legally in NYC. This is a very humbling experience because people actually judge your book, your character, and your approach. These people are shopping and traveling, most of them not even readers and may never read the book, but they usually will support the hustle in you and purchase the book when you show passion. This is great because you not only keep 100% of the money, you also create a buzz. This buzz can carry you into bookstores and bring ebook sales as well as physical copies.

This is one of many unconventional approaches that I took with “The Son of the Streets” I also approached beauty shops, barber shops, any place where people are sitting waiting. I donate books to doctors offices, libraries and it always brings fruit in the end. It brings a huge smile on my face when I run into someone and they tell me they brought one of my books in some place that books aren’t even sold.

Anyone have any unconventional approaches that they took? Anything you did to generate sales outside of the books stores would be unconventional. Example of my favorite unconventional sale is baby showers! Women buy books at showers almost all of them will. Advice from the wise!

Terrence Baker 7-20-14


I walked a few blocks today. It was inspiring. I live where there is still snow piles in the corners of the city, very small patches of ice, mixed with old dried up leaves blowing ever so. The birds chirp for warmth, the sun beams; but, dully. The sky holds promise of warmer days close to coming. “What a story” I ask the trees. There leaves distinct to there piece of Mother Nature; this puzzle of leaves, and trees, and grass, and dirt: can come to life just like a gig saw. I could write of the timeless story of squirrels chasing nuts, the ground hog that finally wants to show up when it’s too late. The history and facts that these streets are fairly new, for thousand years with out them and the couple hundred or so they have been here. Now I jumped on a bus, and not because I was heading anywhere, but because it was there. At this time on this day this bus wants to take me places I can not take my story alone. I am a writer a means of transportation for my words. This is my duty to chase my story. The Darwin Theory. Search deeper then any other writer, change history with the power of words. Who cares who is listening, each one a small piece of my gig saw, my story, and I can tell it how ever I want to. I am not asking for discovery or to be respected for my opinion. I write the things I know. I write the unknown. I create! I write! Oh I ended up at a bar. What a drunk of a writer!

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I love the south

One of the first and most formidable issues that you will have in your publishing endeavors: either self published or traditional publishing, is branding. The thing that most new coming writers come into this industry under the assumption that if you self publish your responsible for the success of the book and if you traditional publish you don’t have anything to worry about except writing more books and enjoying pina coladas on the beach, but your so very wrong. The same rule of thumb apply with either publishing channel you explore: you need a strong social media platform…

Since this is one of my stronger points I would like to first start by saying that Social Media can be used to market your books. Social Media networks link to your blog and other writing channels and create discovery and sales, so how do you successfully utilize a social media platform and still stay private? My answer to this is plain and simple the use a pseudonym or “alias” name.

When I started my Facebook page I knew I didn’t want a bunch of people contacting me for drinks and dates so I made my page under the pseudonym “Indiana Slim” which was the single smartest thing I did because I was able to build my platform and get noticed off my material instead of my name. Facebook is my favorite of all now because the technology on their site gives you the opportunity to run real live promotions that look good and are consumer friendly… You can sponsor and promote your work right on Facebook and set up your book its own page like I did with my book “The Son of the Streets” they give me live feed back of costumer engagement and offer me options to pay for additional promotions to people outside my demographic area…

Just having a Social Media platform doesn’t guarantee success. I recommend sending out group request at writing groups via Facebook. I am with Writing Friends its a great group full of writers that love writers. You can go even further and start you own book club for you book all on Once you have Facebook you can access all other Social Media networks with the same info so start with Facebook and then move to twitter and linkedin.

Remember no matter if you Self Publish or Traditional Publish the result of the buzz ultimately falls on you. Don’t be afraid to expand and even use a pseudonym to keep your name out of they faces long enough to make a sale. JK Rolling been doing it for years she writes under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith for her mystery novels? If she can still sell books posing as a man then you can change your name and get that social media platform going.

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