Use Lead Magnets Like a Boss: How 10 Best Selling Authors Grow Their Email List with Calls to Action (CTA’s)
Recently on our blog we shared that building a platform is the #1 reason to write a book. But how do you actually build a platform with your book?
Lead magnets are essential for capturing email addresses and should be part of your content outline. We recommend lead magnet placement be a top consideration when planning your book’s content to maximize the potential to build your audience.
Not only does having a lead magnet add a level of professionalism to your book, it’s also a great way to give even more high-value content to your readers.
Download some of our basic templates here for what a lead magnet page (call to action) might look like, along with 2 other pages we recommend having in your back matter—a thank you and call for review.
For more, check out the video below where I share what this looks like in practice:
In short, lead magnets for non-fiction authors should have three primary qualities:
- Immediate value to the reader. Otherwise, why would they take the time to download it and give you their email?
- Fit in with the content of the book. It could be valuable for sure, but if it doesn’t relate, you won’t get the right readers.
- Easy to access. Don’t make it difficult for the reader to get it! Make the process as quick and painless as possible.
Follow those three steps, pick one of the ideas below, and watch your subscribers come flooding in.
Three more quick notes before we begin:
- If you are new to this process, I recommend following the links below and signing up for the lead magnets to get a feel for how the process works. Once you know how these high-level authors do it, you can emulate their process and succeed!
- I was surprised to find that most top authors out there are NOT capturing email addresses with their books. Huge mistake. Jump in now and position yourself a step above the rest.
- You can do research on books in your genre by using the “look inside” function on the book’s page on Amazon.
10 Lead Magnet Ideas from 10 Best Selling Non-Fiction Books
We browsed some of the best selling nonfiction books on Amazon to show you exactly what some of the top authors are doing to increase their platform.
This list is not merely a generic “give them free stuff” post. You will see what people are actually giving away, with links to their landing pages.
Ready to get started?
1) “How to Write a Nonfiction eBook in 21 Days – That Readers LOVE!” By Steve Scott
Steve offers his Kindle Publishing Checklist, which is a 46-point report for new authors. It fits his audience and is highly valuable. Win-win and a great lead magnet.
2) “The Habit Blueprint: 15 Simple Steps to Transform Your Life” by Patrick Edblad
The offer here is for the Habit Blueprint Workbook. The workbook directly relates to the content of the book by giving readers a guide on how to do the information contained within.
Patrick’s process is simple, easy to follow, and all you need to do is enter a quick email to get access to the bonuses.
3) “Serve No Master: How to Escape the 9-5, Start Up an Online Business, Fire Your Boss and Become a Lifestyle Entrepreneur or Digital Nomad” by Jonathan Green
Jonathan gives access to four bonuses for his book. Might be slight overkill, but the goal is to make readers feel as if they would be missing out if they don’t sign up. His lead magnets can be obtained here and include:
- The Quit Your Job Checklist
- Lifetime Membership to the Author and Entrepreneur Accelerator Group
- Complimentary Ticket to the Five-Day Business Challenge
- His Next Book Free
4) “The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM)” by Hal Enrod
Hal Enrod invites you to go to his Facebook page to join the Miracle Morning Community to get the most out of the book. He isn’t getting an email out of the lead magnet, but he is inviting readers to join him for more than just the book.
5) “Sleep Smarter: 21 Essential Strategies to Sleep Your Way to A Better Body, Better Health, and Bigger Success” by Shawn Stevenson
Shawn thanks readers for purchasing his book, and then asks them to sign up for his email newsletter to receive more information related to his book topic.
This can work if the book does extremely well, and it’s a good reminder to have at least one lead magnet in the book to capture email addresses. That said, keep in mind that the better the perceived value for the reader, the higher the conversion rates.
6) “Do It Scared: Charge Forward With Confidence, Conquer Resistance, and Break Through Your Limitations” by Scott Allan
Scott shares his Relaunch Your Life Action Guide. His landing page is simple and enticing and it’s clear what the user needs to do to get bonus.
The lead magnet is exactly what someone in his target audience might need, thus it works for capturing the right leads.
7) “The Complete Guide to Vision Boards: The Ultimate Starter Kit To Get Wildly Clear and Create the Life of Your Dreams Kindle Edition” by Christine Kane
Christine shares two lead magnets in her book. A 10 minute guided meditation and the Be-Do-Have Clarity Pack.
8) “Wealth Can’t Wait: Avoid the 7 Wealth Traps, Implement the 7 Business Pillars, and Complete a Life Audit Today! Kindle Edition” by David Osborn
David uses a list of “Questions to Jump Start your Journey to Wealth” to encourage people to sign up. This is a unique lead magnet that pairs nicely with the book as it will get you thinking along the lines of the book’s content. Again, make it valuable to the reader and you can’t go wrong.
9) “Small Habits Revolution: 10 Steps To Transforming Your Life Through The Power Of Mini Habits! Kindle Edition” by Damon Zahariades
Damon uses a 40 page PDF guide called “Catapult Your Productivity: The top 10 habits you must develop to get more things done.”
The landing page looks good, and has a very simple interface. The cover of the guide looks professional, and the sign up process easy.
10) “The 1-Page Marketing Plan: Get New Customers, Make More Money, And Stand Out From The Crowd Kindle Edition” by Allan Dib
A simple call to access the special resources is all that is used here. Simple, yet very effective if people want to get more out of the book. As confirmed by LeadPages, resource guides are the #1 lead magnet to get subscribers, therefore, simple often works wonders.
The End Results
So what all did we end up with for lead magnet ideas from these top authors? Here is the summary of lead magnet options:
- Access to an exclusive group or Facebook community
- A ticket to a conference
- Next book for free
- Email newsletter
- An action guide
- Guided audio meditation
- A bonus pack with several offers in one
- A list of questions related to the book’s content for readers to use ask themselves while reading
- Access to more resources
Browse the above books, as well as some in your category, and see what other authors are doing. You might find some great ideas to help get your creative juices flowing on what to put in your own book.
Remember to make the lead magnet valuable and worthwhile for the reader and you will see your email sign ups increase and your platform grow.
Good luck getting those sign ups!
-Jordan and the Archangel Ink team