Monthly Archives: September 2010

How to Sell Books on

Well, today’s post is a little different.

Turns out one of my favorite authors (Susan Schenck – author of The Live Food Factor) was self published.

And she sold 15,000+ books on using a few very simple techniques.

I had originally asked to do this interview mostly because I was so interested in the topic of her book (it’s about Live Foods) that I wanted to help her spread the word, and I thought it would be valuable for my followers to hear more about the process of researching and writing a book.

And I had thought “Oh, I’m such a great marketer, and she’s probably one of those authors who doesn’t know what she’s doing, let me lend a hand”

Little did I know it was ME who would get the education.

Because we got into a pretty interesting marketing discussion, and I learned she actually lives off her book profits (not something you hear too often… of course she does live in Ecuador)

The audio connection was funky on this one. We managed to edit out most of the skips, but apparently Skype in Ecuador is another thing entirely. You’ll still be able to make out everything she said if you listen closely though…

And if you’re interested in selling thousands of copies of YOUR book on Amazon, I’d highly recommend you do 🙂


Dr. G 🙂

PS – The other thing about this interview which is VERY interesting, is that after publishing and promoting 15,000+ copies of her book, her further scientific research caused her to reverse her position about a key piece of advice within it. Gotta respect someone so devoted to finding and sharing the truth that they’re willing to admit when they were wrong. Kind of wish the internet gurus would do that, don’t you?

How to Get QUALITY Back Links

The rules of SEO are changing.  Google’s getting better and better at recognizing high quality back links, and discounting the links you can buy in volume.   In this straight forward interview, Nick Schurk of Rocket Clicks shows you how to get HIGH QUALITY Back Links for both SEO and real prospect click through.


PS – Cheat sheet here

My #5 Marketing Secret: Marketing to the “Not Me”

Let’s keep Glenn’s Money Making Secret count going:

  1. Research
  2. Contrarian Advice
  3. Let the Market Change You as a Person
  4. The Paid Consultation

#5 is something I call Marketing to the “Not Me”

Here’s the deal.

You’ve heard me say  you’ve gotta  find “point of difference benefits” in the marketplace… things your competitors are just not offering to your best customers.

You’ve also heard me say  you need to connect these benefits to the emotional hot buttons which logically flow  (the real human needs they serve)

But the thing of it is, those emotional hot buttons often come from very primitive places in the human soul.

Things we all shun from our day to day consciousness and characterize broadly as “darkness” for fear of ostracism and social punishment… what a famous psychologist named Sullivan calls the “not me”.

In simple English, the emotional side of purchase motivation can be damn ugly! We recoil from it and push it out of our awareness.

But thank goodness it is so ugly, because if it wasn’t, it’d be a LOT easier to recognize, and it wouldn’t be such a strong advantage for marketers who work hard to harness it constructively for all concerned.

Here’s the secret…

You can’t see the strongest emotional hot buttons in your market if you’re not open to the ugliest parts of yourself… you’ve got to be willing to admit that the “not me” really COULD be you if it weren’t for your commitment to be a socially valuable and loving human being.

You need to be fluent and intimately comfortable with your darkest thoughts and feelings.  No matter how socially unacceptable they may be.  (Greed, lust, envy, rage, sexual impulse in all its forms, disgust, mortifying despair, etc)

You need to have confidence that YOU CAN FEEL THESE THINGS without acting upon them, without sacrificing all that is good and praiseworthy about yourself, your goals, and your aspirations… without causing yourself ostracism from friends, family, and loved ones.

Because to ask and genuinely answer “what doesn’t my market want to admit about themselves… what don’t they want to think and feel?”… you’ve got to be willing to think and feel it yourself.

And then figure how to support their particular way of maintaining their self-perception in the face of these difficult thoughts and feelings, while simultaneously agitating them, and connecting their resolution to your offer.

(Example follows below)

Please note I also didn’t say you should ACT on these thoughts and feelings.

In fact, I don’t think you should share them with others at all,  except for very specific and trusted loved ones and professionals.  Because most untrained lay people won’t know how to accept these thoughts and feelings, and will only wind up helping you push them deeper into the “not me”.

Your power is in recognizing the “not me”, accepting it, and then channeling it into constructive aims (with the emphasis on constructive).

Only then can you do the same for your prospect.   Here’s an example:


Most parents got their children a guinea pig to help teach the kids “nurturing responsibility”.

Know what their big secret is?   These little critters get so smelly when not cared for correctly that most parents can’t believe what they got themselves into, and would love to flush the damn things down the toilet.

(NOTE: I told you – not socially acceptable… and please, if you own a cute little guinea pig do NOT flush!  There are easy ways to eliminate the smell – just read the FAQs online)

How to market using this insight?

Use a headline which immediately PROTECTS them from these dark thoughts, but also sets them up to experience and agitate them, with the solution naturally flowing into your product:

“How To Raise A Lovable, Playful,
Clean, Sweet Smelling Guinea Pig
Who Will Bring Years Of Joy
To Your Household!”

Inherent in this headline is everything the parent consciously wants.  A long lived, loving little pet that smells like roses.   The opposite of the foul smelling rodent they’d love to flush down the toilet.

The prospect is immediately relieved of the anxiety they’re experiencing in struggling with their dark side.

But we’re sure to arouse enough of that anxiety throughout the copy (by talking about a house which smells like a sewer or a barnyard,  etc) to make them realize they’ve gotta buy our product if they want permanent relief.

And you emphasize that you’ll help them double their guinea pig’s lifespan.

Wait!   Why would I talk about doubling the guinea pig’s lifespan when I just told you parents secretly want to flush the piggies down the toilet? (Ouch!  I just know I’m gonna get hate mail from parents for this)

Because this is the “Not Me” parent’s are frightened of.  It’s the evil part of their soul from which they want relief.    So you use their unconscious desire to agitate the problem, then strengthen their conscious desire and connect it with purchasing your product.

It’s kind of like being an exorcist.   You help purge the demon from them, but only in exchange for the transaction.

But remember, the REAL secret isn’t specific to this market… the real secret is, I’d never have understood this if I wasn’t comfortable with my own demons.  If I couldn’t allow myself to identify with those evil thoughts of flushing piggy down the drain, fully confident in my ability to stay constructive regardless of what I felt.

How do you get comfortable with your own demons?

  • PRIVATE JOURNALING:  It’s especially helpful to keep a journal while you’re building a marketing project.   Write down all your negative thoughts… about the project AND your personal life.  Write down every time you get that “stuck” feeling… when you’re sure that what you’re thinking or feeling is worthless, invaluable, absolutely off target.  (All signs of the “not me” at work).  But write down all the positive stuff too.  Just WRITE.   Privately.   In a secure place, with a password.  Erase it afterwards if you have to.  But get it out of you in words so you can see it in black and white
  • PERSONAL COACHING/PSYCHOTHERAPY:   A lot of you are probably going to hit me for saying this but, the 20 years I spent in my own personal psychotherapy has done more for me as a marketer than any book I’ve ever read, any course I’ve ever paid for, and any marketing mentor I’ve ever had.   There’s something very special about the private space created by a competent professional.  I think every marketer should spend a few years with a shrink.  (God knows we’re nuts to be in this profession to start with!)    (As an aside, to find a good psychotherapist, don’t ask so much about credentials, though you should definitely screen for those before you call… ask instead “how do you decide when to intervene and when to just listen”.   The good ones will have a well thought out, organized, and cohesive answer which you resonate with)
  • NATURE TIME:   Remember, the “not me” is forced into the darkness by the demands of society.  There’s nothing like getting away from the pressures of society for a while into the woods, in private with your thoughts.  It’s the best environment I know of for “thinking new thoughts” and getting comfortable with what’s really going on in a market (and in yourself).   When was the last time you got out?

For what it’s worth,

Dr. G 🙂

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PS – Please note, that if you have the feeling “this is bullshit”, well, that’s almost exactly making my point about how powerful these insights are.  (I realize this creates circular reasoning which can’t really be logically disproved… but it’s true nonetheless)