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Selling Books on the NYC Subway and Tele-Seminar Success

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Tele-Seminar Success

As I write this I’m listening to a teleseminar given by a ‘major’ internet guru. One problem. I have time to write this.


It is now 11 minutes into the call and they have not yet gotten to the MEAT of the presentation that was promised. This is a great way to make sure that people do NOT come back to listen to your events.

In order to do teleseminars successfully, you have to have a number of key things in place:

1. A decent sized list or access to one.
2. An outline of what you are going to say and a decent amount of knowledge about your topic
3. A knowledge of how to teach properly
4. A company to host your teleseminars

Don’t spend your time SELF-CONGRATULATING. If people think you’re great, let them tell you, not vice-versa.

Still writing, it’s now 12 minutes into the call! The first 12 minutes has been spent giving us ‘background’ info. It would be fine if this information was helpful, but in this case, it is NOT!

14 Minutes into the call. Still have not gotten to the meat of the presentation that was promised. We were given a list of ‘X’ number of items that we were going to cover. Now at the 15 minute point, we have not gotten to point #1. What the heck is going on here?

They just to to #1 at the end of the 15 minute point.

Now at the 36 minute point a person is invited to come on the call who is not savvy about how to deliver any content whatsoever even an easy to use and understand way.

Using real people with real examples is great, but it is very seldom that you can find someone who is savvy enough on a teleseminar to make this work in a live and unedited situation.

Background and stories are helpful, but I want the MEAT, not the the GRIZZLE!

Selling Books on the NYC Subway

I love New York! I’m incredibly happy that I (once again) have a place in Manhattan. This last trip was great. I got myself invited to a free comedy show and a movie screening. One was great the other sucked. Oh well, consider what I paid.

One of the days when I was running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off on the subway I saw this guy ‘hawking’ something further down the subway car. In my typical NYer style I averted my gaze, hoping not be accosted to give him money.

Lucky I couldn’t do it. I squinted out of the side of one eye to see what he was selling. In his hands he had a fairly large load of paperback BOOKS. His books it turns out.

I watched him graciously take a $10 bill from a lady a few seats away from me. I tried to see what the title of the book was with no success. So, I stopped him and asked him what was up.

He told me that for the last 3 years he had been riding the subway every day selling his book. He reported to me (and I have no reason NOT to believe him) that he had sold a tad over 48,000 books. That is not a misprint. He has sold a LOT of books through this ONE channel of distribution.

I promptly invited him to come to the upcoming publishing seminar as my guest. I’d love to give this guy 10 minutes to tell the rest of us exactly how he did it. I’m not sure he’s coming, but you should come to this event if you sell books or any other information products.

Let me do the math for you on this one. He was selling his book for $10 – CASH! I’m sure that he is diligently recording every dollar he makes. I know he’s pretty savvy because he told me (when I asked) that his printer in Bang Printing in Minnesota. A well known book printer that I have gotten quotes from in the past myself.

The book was about 120 pages. If he prints 3,000 at a time he probably gets them for around $2. So he’s making $8 on every book.

Since he sells about 15,000 copies a year, that comes out to $120,000 net. Not bad. Given he’s on the train so much I’m sure he has an unlimited travel card which costs him about $40 a week or so.

When people tell me they can’t sell books, I’ll be referring them to this individual. His story was about his experiences as a gang member and I don’t even remember his name because he promised to email me. Hopefully you’ll be hearing more from Mr. X!

A couple of points to make:

1. Get creative! Books are not just sold in bookstores. In fact bookstores are a lousy place to sell books. Reason being is that you don’t make the kinds of margins I detailed above. If you have a book in a bookstore that’s great, but what about using the old NOGGEN and looking for other creative channels?

2. No invoicing, this guy got paid on the spot. Good idea.

3. Exposure of this kind breeds additional benefits. He told me that he’s been asked to speak at a dozen different universities from Pennsylvania to Europe.

John Kremer, who will speaking at the publishing semiinar, is a master at showing people how to sell their books through different channels. After all, he’s the author of 1001 Ways to Market Your Book. If you don’t own this book, you should!

What ways can you sell your information products that are non-standard? Look for them and you’ll make a lot more money and find customers that you would otherwise never find!

See you soon!


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