Perennial Seller

  • by Ryan Holiday
  • Narrated by Ryan Holiday
  • 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

How did the movie The Shawshank Redemption fail at the box office but go on to gross more than $100 million as a cult classic?
How did The 48 Laws of Power miss the best-seller lists for more than a decade and still sell more than a million copies?
How is Iron Maiden still filling stadiums worldwide without radio or TV exposure 40 years after the band was founded?
Best-selling author and marketer Ryan Holiday calls such works and artists perennial sellers. How do they endure and thrive while most books, movies, songs, video games, and pieces of art disappear quickly after initial success? How can we create and market creative works that achieve longevity?
Holiday explores this mystery by drawing on his extensive experience working with businesses and creators such as Google, American Apparel, and the author John Grisham as well as his interviews with the minds behind some of the greatest perennial sellers of our time. His fascinating examples include:


Rick Rubin, producer for Adele, Jay-Z, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who teaches his artists to push past short-term thinking and root their work in long-term inspiration.
Tim Ferriss, whose books have sold millions of copies, in part because he rigorously tests every element of his work to see what generates the strongest response.
Seinfeld, which managed to capture both the essence of the '90s and timeless themes to become a modern classic.
Harper Lee, who transformed a muddled manuscript into To Kill a Mockingbird with the help of the right editor and feedback.
Winston Churchill, Stefan Zweig, and Lady Gaga, who each learned the essential tenets of building a platform of loyal, dedicated supporters.

Holiday reveals that the key to success for many perennial sellers is that their creators don't distinguish between the making and the marketing. The product's purpose and audience are in the creator's mind from day one. By thinking holistically about the relationship between their audience and their work, creators of all kinds improve the chances that their offerings will stand the test of time.

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The Most Comprehensive Book on Making Things, Ever

Without a doubt, future-you will be grateful to present-you for buying, listening, and re-listening to this book.

Engaging the reader with concrete examples and stories for each claim and strategy, Ryan quickly covers every base you can currently imagine regarding how to create and present important work.

One of my favorite things about Ryan's writing is he doesn't just tell you what you want to hear, he tells you what you need to hear. His writing makes you want to be a better person, and he presents constructive and applicable ways to do the work this endeavor requires.

Whether you've read/listened to his work before, or you're coming into this world of media stunts, stoicism, and creativity for the first time, you'll certainly learn valuable lessons from this book, and enjoy every second of his fast-paced, story-rich presentation.
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- Spencer Perry

Another Home Run

I didn't think this book was going to pertain to me because I am an Innkeeper of a little historic (perennial) lodge in the mountains of California. I gleaned many gems and even made a significant change to allocating advertising dollars. Thank you Ryan for writing such a useful & entertaining book. I have every one of yours and my favorite is The Obstacle Is the Way but this is a close 2nd. I am one of your "Iron Maiden" fans & I had never e en heard of them before your book. Thanks Ryan.
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- C. Singer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-18-2017
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio