Monday, July 09, 2012

Why I’m Asking For Help: The Challenge Of Being Unknown

I don’t want to be the person that didn’t try.

If I fail then I want to be able to hold my hands up and say “I tried everything I could”. Which is why after a year of trying to promote my book (Free Stuff Everyday) through every which way possible on my own it feels healthy, it feels right to ask; Could you help?

If you’ve read my earlier blog post you’ll know that with the help of friends, family, colleagues and some downright awesome people I am trying to place in the top 100 Kindle books on the 27th July and break through from the stigma of being an unknown author.

Through their, (and hopefully your help) in sharing a link to the book I hope the improved awareness generated will help us achieve this goal.

The Problem With Being Unknown

Being a new author is tough and being an unknown author of non-fiction is even tougher. In the Kindle chart, the number one non-fiction book only places 26th in all books. The 100th ranking non-fiction book ranks 762nd in all Kindle books. Even when scrolling through the non-fiction list it’s mainly autobiographies or books by unknown authors.

It’s a tough market, and one that thousands of authors struggle to do well in every year. I’ve achieved a small amount of success – ranking 900th for a brief bitter sweet hour – but nothing that notable. My average ranking is currently around 20,000-50,000, which translates to a couple of sales a day and that’s it. But, that bitter sweet taste of the apple I had once makes me want more. Makes me want to see what I could achieve if I tried, if I threw all my hopes on one day. One amazing, dream fulfilling day – The 27th July.

There’s another factor too...

I work in digital marketing. An industry of people who achieve amazing things day after day, and share their experiences with the world. Everyone I’ve met in the industry isn’t afraid of a challenge, they take unknown products and businesses and help them succeed. They make the unknown in to something notable.

Working in that arena with so many bright minded people rubs off on you, and as such I feel like this is a challenge that I have to do. If I didn’t at least attempt to do this, then I wouldn’t be practicing what I preach. Digital marketing is all about seeking out challenges and working out a way to achieve them. Then sharing what you’ve learnt with the world – which is exactly what I’ll do.

Sometimes a challenge is bigger than you. Sometimes to achieve the thing you really want means swallowing your pride and admitting that you can’t do it on your own.

So this is me admitting it

That I need your help.

That I’m not well known enough to do it on my own.

That I tried and tried and tried on my own and couldn’t do it.

That I don’t want to quit, and that I still want to win despite losing.

That together we could achieve so much more.

And that’s why I’m asking for help.

Will you help?

To lend a hand on the 27th and confirm you’d like to take part (it'll take 10 seconds) then simply leave your email address below and I'll send you a reminder on the 27th:

Alternatively you can contact me on Twitter, Google+ or email which will help me keep track of who is getting involved. You can also share this page to help spread the challenge or read the original blog post for more details.

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  1. Replies
    1. Thanks Charles, and thanks for the tweet too!

  2. Happy Birthday and good luck with your latest challenge. x

  3. I put you on my Facebook page, and it looks like the experiment is going well -
    Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,013 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
    #11 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Reference > Consumer Guides
    #27 in Books > Education & Reference > Consumer Guides

    As of 1:03pm PST, July 27th.

  4. Hey I need help with my blog could help me.Great info about all that free stuff pretty cool. Thanks


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