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Dave Casey

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About the "Other Works by" page
Posted: Sep 8, 2016 10:01 PM
 
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I've started including a page in my titles, of "Other Works by ..." and one of the things I'm wondering is ...

Would it be better to list the other works and then one link to my Author page, where a reader can get all my titles?
Or would it be better to turn each title on that page into a link that would take a reader to each title's specific page?

I'm thinking of going with just the one link, so that if I change my bookshelf, such as unpublishing titles, readers will still be at a page that is useful and not a broken link. Would I unpublish a title? Sure, and it will happen in the next couple of months. I have four short stories that I intend to put into a single volume, once I finish an add-on chapter that will ONLY be available in the compilation. Once that volume goes live there won't be any reason to keep the single short stories available. Or maybe I'll just leave the short stories alone so that those that like the Short Reads will still find them.
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Re: About the "Other Works by" page
Posted: Sep 9, 2016 3:21 AM   in response to: Dave Casey in response to: Dave Casey
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You could certainly do that, but be aware that it wouldn't work for shoppers in the UK, for example, and of course it would be an inconvenience for anyhow who bought the book at B&N or Apple or any of the many other e-tailers.

I link to my author website. I usually feature a similar book or books.

Good luck! -- NJ

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Dave Casey

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Re: About the "Other Works by" page
Posted: Sep 9, 2016 3:39 AM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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It is true that placing a link to my author blog is a good move and I do that on the title page. But I also want to link to the Kindle store pages that concern my titles. As of right now, Amazon is the only place to buy my titles so I'm not too worried about B&N or any other store. Maybe in the future, but then I can always go back and make those changes.
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Re: About the "Other Works by" page
Posted: Sep 9, 2016 7:00 AM   in response to: Dave Casey in response to: Dave Casey
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Dave Casey wrote:

Or maybe I'll just leave the short stories alone so that those that like the Short Reads will still find them.


I put ten of my similarly-themed novellas into a compilation edition (that sells at a reduced price compared to buying each individually). I still get more sales on the individual novellas. So you might want to leave the shorts. Yeah, it's sort of redundant, but the readers having the option of either is a good thing, and can't really hurt sales (at least it hasn't for me--just the opposite). I would assume that what happens, at least occasionally, is that someone will buy one of the individual novellas, like it, and then buy the compilation (which would still give a slight price advantage over the individual books).
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Re: About the "Other Works by" page
Posted: Sep 10, 2016 12:21 AM   in response to: Dave Casey in response to: Dave Casey
 
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Would it be better to list the other works and then one link to my Author page, where a reader can get all my titles? Or would it be better to turn each title on that page into a link that would take a reader to each title's specific page?

I have a Civil War Era romance series comprised of three books. At the end of each book I wrote:

"Read all three books in the series," and I post each individual link.

I have a genealogical/history series comprised of five books. At the end of each book, I have the beginning of the next in the series and the link to that book. If someone buys book one, they usually buy the next books in the series.

I like the Author Central link too and sometimes I add that. I think it is a great link. I have twenty-one books and they are all about different topics, fiction, non-fiction, cookbooks, how-to's, even a children's book. Because of the diversity, I like the Author Central link. Something for everyone, ups my chances of sales.
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Re: About the "Other Works by" page
Posted: Sep 10, 2016 1:06 PM   in response to: Dave Casey in response to: Dave Casey
 
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Dave Casey wrote:
It is true that placing a link to my author blog is a good move and I do that on the title page. But I also want to link to the Kindle store pages that concern my titles. As of right now, Amazon is the only place to buy my titles so I'm not too worried about B&N or any other store. Maybe in the future, but then I can always go back and make those changes.
My advice would be a little different from NJ's. My limited experience suggests that the more times a person has to click to get to the product page, the less likely they are to make it all the way. As far as I can tell, making them go to my blog and then to the product page, or even author page and then to the product page will slightly reduce the number of conversions. Hence, I link to my titles individually. Yes, I have to modify that page every time I publish, but that doesn't take too long.

As far as unpublishing works is concerned, I would leave the short stories up even if they become part of a compilation. People who have already bought some but not all may just want to buy the ones they are missing. The only time I'd unpublish something would be if I decided it wasn't good work and couldn't easily be salvaged by revision. I'm careful before I publish, so I've never actually had that problem, but if I did, that would be the one time I'd unpublish.
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