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Lee Constantine

Lee Constantine

New York, United States

Lee Constantine is a tech entrepreneur and editor. He is Co-founder at Publishizer, a book publishing startup and digital agency that enables authors and their book ideas.

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Lee has spent more than 5 years building and growing Publishizer, a platform that uses technology and partners with publishers, editors, and agents to enable authors and their book ideas. He began by sourcing content for acquisition and establishing partnerships with hundreds of book publishers in the US, UK, AUS and EU.

Notable credits: The Age of Influence by Neal Schaffer (HarperCollins), Experience The Revolution by Derek Loudermilk (Wiley UK), Modern Tribe by Al Jeffery (Hay House AUS), Live Big by Ajit Nawalkha (BenBella), That One Cigarette by Stu Krieger (Harvard Square Editions), Source Code Meditation by Dr. Michael Cotton (Inner Traditions), Kitchen Chemistry by TJ Anderson (Sourcebooks), Compassionate Counterterrorism by Leena Olaimy (Berrett-Koehler), Good Talk by Daniel Stillman (Boom NL), The Wealth Coach by Brad Sugars (Lifestyle Entrepreneurs Press), Heart, Sass & Soul by Greta Solomon (Mango)

Previous to the books industry, Lee was Editor-In-Chief at CG Magazine, a digital publication featuring entrepreneurs, entertainers, and authors, Marketing Director at SD, a consulting, coaching, and creative design firm, and Marketing Associate for Launchbit, an ad platform for SaaS companies based in Silicon Valley.
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The Book Sales Rollercoaster

Why Now Is the Time to Join the Ride

96% OF BOOK PROPOSALS ARE REJECTED—

This book is designed for those who have wished to join the all-time bestsellers but are held back by fear or lack of know-how.

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Can you sell more than 500 copies of your book in its entire lifetime? You’d be slightly above average in terms of all books everywhere. If you think it’s easy, sure. It can be. If you have the right strategy.

But forget about being average for a second. How would you like to sell 3,000 copies? Or 10,000? 

Because that’s what it takes to start spreading your message and story to people around the world. That’s what it takes to start having real influence with your words. 

The average self-published book sells about 250 copies in its entire lifetime. The average published book sells more than 3,000 copies – thanks to distribution and quality assurance. But getting the attention of the right publishers is far from easy. 

These publishers reserve their time for authors who have an excellent industry-standard book proposal and who want to actively pre-sell their book idea. 

96 percent of book proposals get rejected from publishers, and even less than that make into enough hands to have a significant impact on the world.

In The Book Sales Rollercoaster, Lee Constantine, Co-founder and lead editor at Publishizer.com, teaches you how to write a compelling book proposal that lands a book deal with a credible publisher, how to crowdfund hundreds of preorder copies, raise thousands of dollars in funds, and how to be resilient through the ups and downs of authorship in today's entrepreneurial environment.  

As an author, you are at the very center of your own expertise and personal story. And so, you are the starting point from which a loyal readership forms. This book provides the strategy to engage with your readers, pitch your idea in a way that inspires conversation, and offer value that deeply resonates. (Read an excerpt about this here.)

You will come to understand that you have to sell your idea – whether you’re writing a book, building a business, or doing anything that requires support and care from others.

Lee Constantine is a tech entrepreneur and editor. As Co-founder at Publishizer, he has worked with more than one thousand authors to develop industry-standard book proposals, helped fundraise more than $2mm in pre-order copies, and has negotiated five-figure book deals with major publishers around the world. He has more than 10 years in the tech startup ecosystem and 5 years inside the book publishing industry massively growing his network with acquiring editors, agents, and industry experts. His favorite book is The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz.

Audience

The Book Sales Rollercoaster is for new and experienced authors, entrepreneurs, coaches, and speakers who are ready to treat their books like a business. 

Landing a publisher can be a frustrating, convoluted process; 96% of authors get rejected by agents and publishers. Yet, most authors and professionals want the added credibility and distribution they offer.

Publishizer uses technology and partners with publishers, editors and agents to enable authors and their book ideas. We pride ourselves on working with world-class thought leaders, speakers, coaches, and people doing interesting things.

Authors who pre-sell at least 500 copies and raise $10k in funds within a 30-day crowdfunding campaign receive interest from publishers who provide distribution in retail bookstores, in-store book promotion, airport placement, high-level manuscript editing, and event marketing support.


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Why would someone buy 500 copies of your book?

Ask, and you shall receive... 


What reason could one person have to buy so many copies of your book?

There could be any number of reasons, actually — and the possibilities are only limited by your own strategy and imagination.

Of all the creative ways I’ve seen a countless number of authors sell 500 copies at a time, most of those can be broken down into three categories:

  1. The reader sees buying 500 copies as a condition to get something of greater value.
  2. The reader wants to support your book launch in a big way.
  3. The reader has their own large audience who would find your book immensely valuable.

The first two are the most common, while the third is the most sought after but most difficult to find and close. 

Selling 500 copies of your book is also one of the most common strategies for major authors to once their book us launched or released. 

It's a real thing, and if you haven’t heard of it you could be missing out a huge opportunity to get a lot more of your books in way more hands, and quickly.

When Neil Patel released his book, Hustle, he sold pre-orders to large corporate sponsors in order to move hundreds of book copies quickly and to get them in front of major influencers for promotions later on. This was all before the book officially hit the shelves. 

He also emailed his entire list, which was above 200k active subscribers at that time. He offered a unique and exclusive bonus to them: pre-order 10 copies of his book and he would give them 1 hour of his time for free to coach them on SEO for their business. He pre-sold hundreds of books this way, and his publisher loved him.

Gary V released his fifth NYT bestseller, and to get there he offered an entire day hanging out with him. An entire day. The only catch is you had to buy 350 pre-order copies of his book. He had corporate teams buying these in a heartbeat. 

This strategy isn't reserved for only big name authors like these two. It works for every author, and it helps you get the attention of publishers with distribution. Because if you can show you can pre-sell 500 copies of your book then these publishers will gladly invest their time in your idea. 

The first thing to understand is that you have an email list. Even if it's not 200k strong. You already have a network of people. Colleagues, past clients, family, friends, friends of friends, and whoever else you’ve accumulated in your Gmail contacts and LinkedIn connections over the years. 

That's a good place to get started. For the rest, connect with lee@publishizer.com or an agent on Publishizer.com and let's get your book out there.

“If I have any advice to other authors, it’s to be nice to everybody you meet because some day you might want to sell them a book!”

— Stu Krieger, screenwriter of the animated classic The Land Before Time for Steven Spielberg and 10 original shows for Disney, first time author who pre-sold 308 copies of his literary fiction book, That One Cigarette, in less than 10 days.

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