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How to Promote Your Book to the Top of the NY Times Best Sellers List

by Eric Gruber  |  
November 3, 2006

Although Mark Hyman, M.D, the New York Times best-selling author and practicing physician, had a strong, multifaceted marketing and sales plan in place, the addition of an article-marketing strategy helped push his book, UltraMetabolism—The Simple Plan For Automatic Weight Loss to the No. 2 spot of the Times best seller list.

Dr. Hyman's article-marketing campaign was only one piece of the puzzle, but it was an important piece, helping him establish key relationships with site publishers that will result in increased, targeted traffic and stronger sales for many months and years to come.

By including a targeted article marketing program into your marketing and sales plan, you too can achieve book-marketing success. Doing so effectively requires planning and perfect execution from beginning to end.

Step 1: Create an article that grabs reader interest

One of the most important parts of the article is the title. Remember, the first three of four words of the title have the most weight with Google and other search engines. The point of the title is to intrigue your audience enough so that they actually sit down and read the article. You may even want to make an outrageous proposition that you can fulfill within your article, as we have with the title of this article.

The articles that get the best results are those that provide unique, high-quality content that solve at least one piece of a problem puzzle. However, to convert readers to buyers, you must not give the reader all of the answers to the how of solving a particular problem. Instead, you want to tease them with some of the how and top it off with the why it's important.

Step 2: Turn readers into prospects with a strong call to action and an offer they can't refuse

You want to encapsulate the essence of what makes you and your offering unique. This is your unique selling proposition. Do this by chiseling away from your golden nuggets all the information that no one cares about. Refine them into gleaming insights. Hammer them into a logical sequence. Fasten them to reader benefits. Then polish and polish it until your fingers ache, to create a glittering necklace of persuasion that seduces the eye, charms the imagination, and dazzles the reader with so much human interest that it is much easier to click and go to your Web site than not.

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Eric Gruber is an article-marketing expert and public relations practitioner. Reach him at or visit

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