A guide for authors, publishers, booksellers and beyond
I’d love to see a book from Dante Papier – deardante.com is the funniest page I’ve found on Substack.
This post was so timely and helpful! Im launching pre-orders for my book next week!
This is helpful post. I'm years away from selling a book, but I can't help but hope that one day my dream comes true.
In the meantime, I want to continue writing engaging content here and building relationships with my readers. I also want to expand my readership which is one of the reasons that I've started posting once per day and engaging more with other writers.
I'm looking to connect with more and will always subscribe back. If you're a writer and looking to connect, don't hesitate to reach out!
I am launching a book next January.
This will be really useful
dear publishers: I'm sure you're reading this going 'yea! I'd love to scoop up the next hot comedic wunderkid (is it kid or kind) who writes about being a lil immigrant from Ukraine in america and then becoming a dad and intergenerational karma and and everything else and wow let me just say- it me. my open rates are sometimes over 100% and people do comment a lot on my posts we even had one person say they'd stopped walking cuz they were sad but then they read my posts and started to walk a bunch so I mean wow if that ain't success then what is??! plz do reach out asap as I am walking to the big apple right now to set up some meetings in person with both simon and schuster (separately)
Such a fun and inspiring read! I’ve personally bought/pre-ordered at least four books recently thanks to Substack newsletters reminding me to do so.
I must admit that I usually have to see pub/pre-order notices at least 3-4 times before I remember to actually order the book, so consistently mentioning the book is important! I think Virginia Sole-Smith was particularly excellent at this. It kept feeling like, oh yeah, I need to do that, until I actually did.
I think I’ve been especially swayed by people being interviewed in other Substacks, and I love when authors include some tidbits about their books, like pictures and stories about their inspiration.
As someone who has always felt terrible at self-promotion, I'm delighted to see my janky homemade footer graphic featured here—thanks!
Rather than direct book sales, I’ve been using Substack to offer my novels to my members to download at their convenience. It’s something of a real time experiment, but seems to be working so far...
Fabulous round up with so many incredible, practical notes and examples. Launching a book is HARD and takes everything from an author, for months leading up to and post launch--thank you for giving us a platform to reach and connect with our most dedicated audiences!!
Thank you for this post! I am a new substack writer, closing in on my first month on the platform, but I gotta say I love it. Incredible community of writers and always something interesting to read. I am also working on a book and I am glad to have this platform to connect with my growing audience, and these tips are very helpful as I move towards completion and publishing of my future memoirs of the same name as my Substack.
This is a useful post, thanks!
I'll admit that I'd love to get a book deal off the back of Why Aren't I Writing, my newsletter about writer's block. I'm doing well on open rates and just have another 59,700 subscriber to go before I can boast a big enough audience. 😂
The whole premise of your “advice” is built upon the assumption of a larger audience built in for people who have book sales from. You just assume that people have paid subscribers to provide a discount to.
None of your examples are from complete unknowns. They’re all established writers who are already making money from Substack.
Hello Substack! Thanks so very much for including Beyond in this wonderful newsletter! I love interviewing Substack authors. I've already interviewed quite a few in addition to Rebecca Makkai, including Emma Gannon, Cheryl Strayed, Katherine May with more to come! Next up: Maggie Smith.
Love this! It’s such a great blueprint from beginning to end and really offers an alternative to traditional publishers. We can build here and have a platform to launch our work directly with the people who support us most. Definite bookmark for the book of poetry I’m secretly compiling. 🤫
Last week I made a decorative divider (in Canva) that will link to my books (on my website). It hasn't gone in a post yet, but I'm curious to see if it drives any sales. It feels like a subtle way to remind people that I have books. My next book comes out in 2024, and I'm looking forward to promoting it on my Substack and seeing how that goes.
Just created purchase buttons for my book. Such a great idea that seems obvious to me now. Thanks for the advice!