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The main flaw in your plan is the self-published bit. It's entirely typical for self-published books to sell fewer than 100 copies.I think I can sell that many via family and friends.
Are they mostly on the web, or is there another way you can reach them such as through schools, clubs, conventions, meeting places, or something else?Mostly on the web, especially considering that I'm selling in the US/CAN and Europe but currently living in the Middle East.
There are many websites where they are looking for free content, so it may be that you need to find those sites and start writing content for them in exchange for them linking back to you and mentioning your new book.I'm not the best writer. I had family and friends edit the whole thing. I also hired 2 editors which unfortunately they didn't help much!
I wouldn't be over-optimistic about your chances of converting a lot of website visitors to buyers, unless it's a topic that does pretty well in any case. While you're getting ready to publish you could put those related book links up on your other sites and see how well they do, and that will give you some idea of how your book might sell.Very good advice! I know how difficult it is to sell via amazon. Unfortunately I wasn't able to sell even 1 webcam via my video-chat website which has around 200-300 visitors/day despite my Google Adsense having a decent CTR. (I should mention that my goal wasnt to sell via amazon, I simply had a link to Amazon as one of the advertising blocks)
So, how are you going to make yourself famous?
If you published to benefit financially, rather than just because you always wanted to write a book, it might make more sense to set a FINANCIAL goal instead of numbers sold.I have both goals in mind.