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Topi Vuorio

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How's my book page?
Posted: May 11, 2017 10:58 AM
 
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Is the price right?
What about the cover, is it "selling"? Is it professional looking?
Is the blurb too vague, should it be more on point?
How could I get people "caring" about the characters, even before they read the first page?
This the first book I've ever written/published, I'm eager to have any kind feedback I can use to improve the sales.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0711HC94S

Thanks!

Edited by: Topi Vuorio on Jun 21, 2017 12:17 AM
tommy london

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Re: How's my book page?
Posted: May 11, 2017 5:08 PM   in response to: Topi Vuorio in response to: Topi Vuorio
 
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Never be afraid of saying a lot in your blurb. You can even make it half a page long.
People want to know the story, they have no use for "suspense" so they will read
longer reviews and/or blurbs. A cover picture is not enough, in spite of that old saying.
(You know, a picture is worth...?) So go for it. Price: $5 is not too bad. Out of billions of
customers, some will really want your book. Now do your book, revise it, and throw it
into the machine. Then tell us what happened. It is an adventure.
Donna St Felix

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Re: How's my book page?
Posted: May 11, 2017 6:00 PM   in response to: Topi Vuorio in response to: Topi Vuorio
 
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Topi Vuorio wrote:
Is the price right?
What about the cover, is it "selling"? Is it professional looking?
Is the blurb too vague, should it be more on point?
This the first book I've ever written/published, I'm eager to have any kind feedback I can use to improve the sales.

It has been said in previous forum posts by those with a lot of experience .... 'Never ask a question in your blurb'.
Topi Vuorio

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Re: How's my book page?
Posted: May 11, 2017 11:37 PM   in response to: Donna St Felix in response to: Donna St Felix
 
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Ah, that is true.
Questions are kind of tacky / clichy now that I think of it.
KL

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Re: How's my book page?
Posted: May 12, 2017 2:40 PM   in response to: Topi Vuorio in response to: Topi Vuorio
 
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I am so glad I looked at this thread. I have been putting questions at the end of my blurbs this whole time!!!!!!
Topi Vuorio

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Re: How's my book page?
Posted: May 18, 2017 7:02 AM   in response to: Topi Vuorio in response to: Topi Vuorio
 
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How's the blurb now?
cdalebrittain

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Re: How's my book page?
Posted: May 18, 2017 2:42 PM   in response to: Topi Vuorio in response to: Topi Vuorio
 
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Actually now your blurb is too long... Sorry, but you shouldn't pay attention to Tommy. Someone should have warned you.

You don't need a plot summary so much as an indication of what the challenge is that your heroes will face, along with a sense of the book's tone.

I like the cover as sort of a funky take, but Valentin V doesn't look like an author name. An "odd" looking name can put readers off. Something can be in the first person without being "by" the main ch.aracter. (Look at Moby Dick, by Hermann Melville, starting, "Call me Ishmael.")

Trying to be both post-apocalyptic and humorous at the same time can be tricky, because readers have genre expectations, and it may be hard to satisfy them.

Your price seems fine for a new author.

Good luck!
Charles Domard

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Re: How's my book page?
Posted: May 18, 2017 9:32 PM   in response to: Topi Vuorio in response to: Topi Vuorio
 
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I like the cover. It shows the many faces of this guy. I'm not going to criticize anybody. I'm going to support you with this work. I think you did under price yourself on the paperback version of your book. These new wave books are getting at least $14.99. I wish you success on this work because it looks good.
surajkumar B Ba...

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Re: How's my book page?
Posted: May 19, 2017 1:00 AM   in response to: Topi Vuorio in response to: Topi Vuorio
 
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The book is okay, then where did you get the idea from to have such different cover page.
There should be definitely something more to it. Some discipline is missing , I would say to have a cover page, You at least need to have a classy picture and that decides what is the book is about?
Feel free to ask anything for this knowledge. I might be wrong according to you, but there is a set of rules to post your books genre in front of the readers online.

Edited by: surajkumar B Bandi on May 19, 2017 1:02 AM
Donna St Felix

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Posted: May 27, 2017 5:25 AM   in response to: surajkumar B Ba... in response to: surajkumar B Ba...
 
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surajkumar B Bandi wrote:
There is a short and sweet book with 22000 words approaximately. Is it enough to a story narrating book. or else some extra is wanted. The story has taken its end at the extent is fair enough or not. I want to know is it a crime on author for reducing the size of the book because of the cost that comes over the paper back, can anyone read my book for free and give the feedback. Below is the link.
http://a.co/bSVzrfI

We are not your proof readers but I will say that the Look Inside is currently not working.
It would be wise to have someone who knows the English language rewrite your retail page blurb.
Topi Vuorio

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Re: How's my book page?
Posted: Jun 20, 2017 10:07 PM   in response to: surajkumar B Ba... in response to: surajkumar B Ba...
 
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What are you talking about?
Donna St Felix

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Posted: Jun 20, 2017 11:23 PM   in response to: surajkumar B Ba... in response to: surajkumar B Ba...
 
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surajkumar B Bandi wrote:
There is a short and sweet book with 22000 words approaximately. Is it enough to a story narrating book. or else some extra is wanted. The story has taken its end at the extent is fair enough or not. I want to know is it a crime on author for reducing the size of the book because of the cost that comes over the paper back, can anyone read my book for free and give the feedback. Below is the link.
http://a.co/bSVzrfI

Well - If you knew better English it may be a good book. It is very hard to read.
Also, the pages are not formatted.
Cynthia E. Hurst

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Re: How's my book page?
Posted: Jun 20, 2017 11:41 PM   in response to: surajkumar B Ba... in response to: surajkumar B Ba...
 
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surajkumar B Bandi wrote:
There is a short and sweet book with 22000 words approaximately. Is it enough to a story narrating book. or else some extra is wanted. The story has taken its end at the extent is fair enough or not. I want to know is it a crime on author for reducing the size of the book because of the cost that comes over the paper back, can anyone read my book for free and give the feedback. Below is the link.
http://a.co/bSVzrfI
This post makes very little sense and you should not hijack other threads to promote your own work.
Emily Veinglory

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Re: How's my book page?
Posted: Jun 21, 2017 6:26 AM   in response to: Cynthia E. Hurst in response to: Cynthia E. Hurst
 
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His spam has been modded, but your copy-quote of it endures. You can reply to spam without quoting it
Topi Vuorio

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Re: How's my book page?
Posted: Jun 30, 2017 3:25 AM   in response to: cdalebrittain in response to: cdalebrittain
 
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Thanks for feedback. Is there any advice how I could get people to "care about the characters" before they even open the book? I've tried that now with a short summary of both characters, but perhaps it is too long now yes as you said.
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