Nick Stephenson’s Your First 10,000 Readers Course was the difference between me earning 50 quid a month from books and earning four figures.
That sounds like hyperbole, but it’s not: if you can afford this course, and you’re interested in earning enough from books that you’re able to pay the rent, have your bills covered and treat yourself to a weekend away every MONTH, you should buy this course.
I’m tempted to leave it there: that’s sort of the grand point of the review!
However, I’ll go into more detail for those interested in it.
Nick’s a dude from the UK – same as me. (He even lives in the same town I was born and raised in, randomly – p-town massive, y’all).
Anyway, his course notes that it’ll take you from nothing to earning decent money.
It did exactly that for me.
When I started self-publishing my books, I knew how to write. I also knew how to format them thanks to Scrivener.
The bugger was that I didn’t have a clue how to market them to the readers I knew were out there.
One of the major problems with self-publishing online is that there are THOUSANDS of people who claim to know all about launching bestsellers when a cursory search using KindleSpy shows that, in fact, they’re full of it.
It’s very easy to get information overload on the web: to be confronted with so much damn data that your brain turns to mush and you don’t ever get anything done.
(For the first three months of self-publishing, I did exactly that: I wrote three books, and earned under £150 for all three months combined).
What I needed was a single, step-by-step guide on getting sales going. A one-stop resource on marketing.
Your First 10,000 Readers is that course.
I followed the course step-by-step, and implemented the basics in the first week after joining the program.
This is going to sound like B.S, but I promise it’s the truth: my sales started to increase immediately.
My first thirty days after implementing Nick’s programme, I earned mid-three figures from my book: enough to pay my rent.
These days, whenever I release a new book, I’m guaranteed enough sales on the first day for the book to start ranking and then to make ongoing money.
My DI Marr series sells effectively, and every single book in the series (except the free book one) pays me each and every day.
I make money when I’m asleep, when I’m out drinking coffee and when I’m noodling around on the guitar.
Now, as a general rule, I really don’t like internet marketing. Most of the time, reading a published book will give you way more info than a course by some ‘guru’.
But, credit where credit’s due: Nick’s instructions work.
The steps are simple enough to follow even if you’re not a tech wizard (which I’m definitely not). I knew enough about working online to set up a basic website before I started the course, but that was about it.
There are some resources on this site that you can do without: I truly don’t think Nick’s Course is one of them. If you can afford it – I paid monthly – then get it. Enough said, really.
A few caveats
I love Nick’s course: it worked very well for me and it made me a lot more money than it cost. However, there are certain situations in which I would NOT recommend it.
- If you haven’t finished writing a book yet. Your First 10,000 Readers isn’t a motivational or a creative writing course. It’s a MARKETING course. If you don’t have a product to market yet, it’ll be useless. Nick’s course worked very well for me, but I already had THREE books in place.
- If you don’t have something to give away to readers. Nick’s books tell you this, so I don’t think it’s a trade secret to say this: for Nick’s system to work best, you need something to give away. For me, it’s the first book in my DI Marr series. Some readers give away short stories, others give away character notes. Again, I’d recommend having at least one book written AND something you can give away, otherwise I don’t think you’ll get the full benefit of the course.
- If you’re precious about writing and have too much ego. Nick’s instructions make me money all the time. BUT, I give away two of the books in my five book series. If the idea of doing that makes you mad, then I’m not sure Nick’s system will work for you. You have to treat writing like a business for YF10KR to work.
- If you’re slow and want immediate results. I’m a reasonably prolific writer – within the first year of writing, I finished six books. Most of the writers getting real results follow a relatively similar pattern (Mark Dawson is a good example). My experience has taught me that you can either: write books quickly and start earning money quickly or write books slowly and earn money slowly. If you only write one book every three years, be prepared to wait six years for Nick’s system to work!
- If you’re not into writing a series. I’m not going to lie: series perform FAR better on Kindle than other books. I have a five-book series and two standalones. The two standalones hardly sell. Most of the big names: Mark Dawson, Nick himself, Jo Penn and so forth write series. I am NOT saying that Nick’s system won’t work at all if you don’t have a series – you can still have multiple books – but I’d be surprised if it would be as effective as it has been for me and other writers.
- If you already know the mechanics of internet marketing. Most of what Nick teaches within the course – generating traffic, building e-mails, offering magnets and so forth – are the fundamentals of the internet marketing model. I needed a step-by-step because I was unfamiliar with selling online. If you already KNOW the mechanics and the technical side of online selling, you’ll probably be fine without Nick’s course. If you’re like me and you needed a step-by-step, from the beginning approach, I would DEFINITELY recommend the course.
- If you don’t like hard work. You knew this was coming, didn’t you? I make some good money from my books and that’s entirely thanks to Nick’s course. BUT I wrote and published seven books in the past thirteen months. I’m not saying to have to hit that rate, but for the course to work I estimate you’ll need at least three books already out (or at least written). If you’ve got ‘em – or they’re nearly done – then great. If not, get writing FIRST. Nick’s course opens a couple of times a year, so there’s always another chance to sign up.
In summing up
To the right kind of writer, Nick’s course is gold dust and I ABSOLUTELY recommend it.
I was the right kind of writer and I went from earning peanuts to having my rent and bills covered every month by my writing.
If the caveat points haven’t put you off, and you can afford Your First 10,000 Readers, buy it now. If you implement the steps, you WILL get results.