The Heidi Thorne Show

Are Your Family and Friends Lying about Buying Your Book? | Episode 101

August 13, 2019

"But they said they bought my book!" That's a common lament from first-time self published authors. If you didn't sell it to them directly, how do you know if your family and friends actually bought your book? I explain book sales reporting and customer review issues for off-Amazon sales. I also discuss why sales of your book to your family and friends can be the worst sales.

Blog: The Problem with Convenience and Pity Buys

YouTube video:

Timestamp show notes (click on timestamp to view segment on YouTube):

0:11 Authors panic over who bought their book

0:49 Only way to know if a certain person bought your book

1:32 Tracking book sales on Amazon and expanded distribution

2:46 Why friends might lie about buying your book

5:01 How long does it take for book sales to show on reports?

6:50 Book sales may have slow growth

7:13 Worst book sales ever: Pity buys

8:11 How do expanded distribution book reviews show on Amazon?

Udemy course, How to Sell Your Self Published Book on Amazon: