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The Career Author Podcast: Episode 67 – Knowing How and When to Sell Direct

While we’d all love to sell books directly to our readers, there are still some hurdles to overcome with direct sales. Zach and J. discuss the advantages and disadvantages of selling direct. You will discover when to sell direct as an author and more:

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  • A powerful system to help you declutter your workspace + what Zach keeps in his own workspace
  • How to organize your digital workspace
  • The enormous number of ways you can sell directly to readers
  • The advantages and disadvantages of selling only through retailers such as Amazon
  • How selling direct can boost your career, allow for more creative ways of making money, and build trust with your readers
  • What you lose when you focus on selling direct
  • Some of the logistical factors involved in selling direct, both for digital and physical products
  • How to decide when to sell direct
  • Services you can use to sell your books directly to readers

The Career Author Podcast is a podcast where co-authors J. Thorn and Zach Bohannon share their struggles and successes as full-time authors, advice for improving your writing craft, and honest discussions of what it takes to build a successful career as an author.

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6 thoughts on “The Career Author Podcast: Episode 67 – Knowing How and When to Sell Direct

  • Is it cheating to post a comment before I have actually listened to the episode just to beat Christopher to the punch? (cheers mate)

    I am curious if the hassle of having a store is worth the extra dollar per ebook sold. I’ll have better feedback when I actually listen to this tomorrow.

  • 😂 Nice one Chad.
    Hi guys. I liked your hack today Zach but a minor correction. You said the book is called “Work Clean”. In the UK (and I assume the USA) there is a newer version published 2017 called “Everything in its Place”. I have always kept my keys and wallet in the same place etc. And I love the clear desk routine. It really helps.
    Interesting topic today. Something to consider. What kind of % sales is typical from selling direct?
    Great show today.

    • “What kind of % sales is typical from selling direct?”

      That’s the rub as it varies greatly. Generally speaking, I would think high volume is more beneficial for selling direct.

  • I enjoyed this overview of selling direct but feel you left an important con out. If you sell direct you must also manage Sales/Value-added taxes for all the different juristictions you sell into unless your payment system is set up to do this for you.

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