Maria P Frino
Selling Books at Markets
Updated: May 13
...is another way to sell self-published books.
As a self-published author, there are limited places I am able to sell my print books. Two of my books - The Decision They Made and the Italian translation - La Decisione Presa are sold at two bookshops in Sydney - Better Read Than Dead in Newtown and Abbeys Language Bookshop in Sydney's CBD (behind the QVB). All my books are available online as e-books and print through various bookstores, my website can take you to those sites - https://www.mariapfrino.com/.
I have found that a successful method of selling is hiring a table at markets and selling books at markets. One market that fellow authors and I like is at Woodstock House in Burwood NSW - The Woodstock Artisan Market. This market is usually on a Sunday from 10am to 3pm. The next one is on Sunday, November 6 2022 and we'll also be at the December 4 one. This is a good place to find something different as gifts for your family and friends. And books make great Christmas gifts!
Authors enjoy meeting their readers and we have had fabulous discussions with people who come to browse our books. At the last market held in August, we all sold books and made a profit. Covering the cost of hiring the table is a great feeling, but the best is talking to the people who are browsing all the artisan goods. Many are surprised to find we are the authors and our books are new, there are no second-hand books in sight.
I also sold books at the Sydney Royal Easter Show in April 2022. It was not as successful as the Woodstock market, but it gave me an insight into how best to sell my books.
Writing is a passion and any writer will tell you that writing the book is the easy part, finding readers is another thing altogether. I appreciate anyone who reads my stories and especially if they leave a review on Amazon, Goodreads or let me know via email - email@example.com
I also have my books in some local cafes where there is a Local Author box. While you're in the cafe you can read a copy and if you enjoy it, there is a QR code to scan and it directs you to a site to buy. You can also send me an email message and buy direct from me.
Supporting indie or self-published authors like me helps Australian authors to keep writing and honing their craft. Buying local authors' books means the money you spend is helping Australian authors and our economy.
All you self-published authors out there, let me know how you market and sell your books.
Maria P Frino