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 Another success story from APSS member Denise M. Baran-Unland: My team and I have not only learned practical tips that actually work, we've learned the strategies that make them work. Since 2020, we have learned more through (APSS) than through all other sources combined - ever since I started writing my first book in 2008. And we have increased our sales every year because of it.

  • I've also received several invitations to speak this year and sold books at every event.
  • A local TV station has contacted me to schedule an interview.
  • I have one corporation that is potentially interested in purchasing books in bulk.
  • I have a presentation scheduled with a government agency in early 2024, the result of a successful meeting with its board chair.

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Special Sales Tip of the Day: April 13, 2024

The Wall Street Journal listed “Do and Don’t” entrepreneurial lessons from the movies. For example, lessons from “Steve Jobs” with Michael Fassbender as the late Apple CEO: Do stick to your guns if they’re loaded. Pursuing your vision for a new, albeit expensive product (Mac) over one that sells more easily (Apple II) can be a rough strategy. You’ll need fortitude and skills to make it work. Don’t be cruel. You can be decent and gifted at the same time.

Quick Pick of the Week

Display-marketing companies (such as Collective Goods) buy large, non-returnable quantities of books and gifts from publishers at discounts up to 80%. Then they sell them directly to consumers through displays at the buyers’ locations (schools, corporations, daycare centers).

Spotlight on a Resource for APSS Members

Alexander von Ness is a book cover designer with almost thirty years of professional experience in graphic design, including over a decade as an art director in a branding agency. His website Nessgraphica is among the top trusted sites for book cover design services overall. He is also the founder of Bookcoverpedia, the most advanced platform for pre-made book covers in the world.                              Contact:

They Said It

“I don’t think there is any book that can’t teach you something, even if it’s how not to tell a story.”

     Mary Higgins Clark  


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