Review – Your First 1000 Copies

Earlier this week, I downloaded a copy of Your First 1000 Copies: The Step-By-Step Guide to Marketing Your Book by Tim Grahl. I’d heard about the book, read some of the reviews, the price was $3.99 and I decided it was a good investment. No matter what, I can write it off on my taxes, so why not?

Your First 1000 Copies is not groundbreaking as much as it is eye-opening. It gives practical advice that should be dissected and followed. Many a beginning author will benefit from its information. Actually, I’d refer this book first to anyone starting off in In an interview with Tim, he mentioned that one author used his system to sell Amish science-fiction. Yep. Not a typo. I don’t even know what the looks like but apparently he’s doing rather well. If someone can do well selling such a narrow sub-genre, then anyone can do it.

His Connection System is based on four key principles: permission, content, outreach, and selling. It’s a short read and he takes about an hour and a half to read straight. He takes you through each principle with suggestions on how to proceed in each. It’s not really an in-depth, the step-by-step manual. It’s average in its content. It could have used much more in terms of content itself and needed some decent editing. There are several grammatical errors that I highlighted throughout the book. A couple I could deal with but there were about ten which is way too many. Also, he used an example of a book that drops the F-bomb in its title. That was annoying as well as his use f profanity once or twice. In the least, he could have blanked out the word in the title and just edited his personal profanity out. Over 100,000 words in the dictionary and he chooses those that’s not in there and offensive to many. As a writer, that just makes you look dumb, especially for a nonfiction book.

That being said, the book is something you can learn from. This is a good primer for getting yourself set-up properly to sell your book and market it correctly. He also has some links for checklists and worksheets which would have been better included as a graphic to get a picture but he uses them as a way to expand his mailing list since the only way you can get them is to join his list. That, to me, was a tad lame. Just a tad. It would not have been so much if he would have had at least one that was free and then the rest accessed if you join his list.

All in all, I give it three stars. Grab it if you don’t know where to start or what you’re doing has been unsuccessful. The system is solid. Best line in the book: “You can have the same results, so long as you’re willing to work hard for them.” The system will work. The question is, will you?

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