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Marketing maven Arian Simone shares how Barnes & Noble picked up her self-published book

Marketing maven Arian Simone shares how Barnes & Noble picked up her self-published book

Arian Simone recently announced the inspirational book she self-published earlier this year earned a spot on Barnes & Noble bookshelves, producing a book tour and an author event later this year.

The media and marketing entrepreneur is known for her Hollywood public relations game with coordinating events for musicians Lil Wayne, Chris Brown, and Ne-Yo, but she became an author first in 2015 with the self-published My Fabulous & Fearless Journey: From Homeless to Hollywood. She released another self-help book, Fearless Faith + Hustle: 21 Day Devotional Journey, in January. This book, according to Arian Simone’s Instagram, had Barnes & Noble knocking on her door via an email through her website.

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TESTIMONY‼️ I don’t have an agent, publisher, manager, or publicist yet but I serve a God who can open doors 🚪 that no man can shut! So @barnesandnoble reached out to me this Spring via my website (yes a code email) asking to speak to me regarding an order for my @fearlessfaithhustle book. They were impressed with my online sales on Amazon and on their website. People kept walking into their stores asking for the book so they would print on demand and let people pick it up but the demand got so great they said they need it in the stores. Barnes & Noble said they wanted to order my hardback book 📚 but if I make a paperback they can order in the thousands. So you know me! I got that paperback book made! They were curious to see what we were doing to get all these sales. This has been nothing but God, grassroots, grit, my small team, and a lot of love ❤️ I knew the order was due to take place sometime this month and my best friend Kellie just text me this photo saying girl look what Yanika just sent me a photo of at Perimeter Barnes & Noble!!!!!! #FrontandCenter This is proof if I can do it you can too! I self-published this book, wrote it, got it edited, got it printed and look at what the engine that could did!!! God told me to write this book but who knew He had all this in store! Thanks to all the #fearlessfaithhustle supporters out there! Be sure to go out and get your @fearlessfaithhustle paperback copy your local @barnesandnoble! To God Be The Glory!!!!! #selfpublished #bestsellingauthor #author #faith #hustle #blessed #grateful

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In 2016, Barnes & Noble started a self-service program supporting self-published authors with Nook Press that enables them to create hardcover and paperback books for purchase at stores and online. Some authors even qualify to participate at in-store events like book-signings and discussions based on print and e-book sales.

But Arian Simone didn’t go that route, so it’s rare—in comparison to the number of self-published authors with books on the market—to hear of an author being contacted by a major bookseller. She said Barnes & Noble reached out to her after noticing her book sales.

Arian Simone completed her Barnes & Noble book tour in late June with hitting six cities after headlining a public speaking workshop at the Girlboss Rally in Los Angeles. She’s planning an Oct. 19 event for authors in Atlanta under her Fearless brand to showcase their work, which she said will be free to the public.

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