Hi, I recently published a historical romance novel on amazon and I have had two different experiences with sales. I first published my book late January, however did not think it would sell since I had told none of my family or friends I had published the book. I looked at my report the first day and it had sold 14 copies. I didn't think i was reading the report correctly so later that day i logged in and saw it climbed to 18. I unfortunately had to immediately unpublished my book when I caught a format mistake on one of my chapters (it was small but I wanted it to be perfect of course). I struggled with fixing it and a week later I put it back on the market. At that time I expected the numbers to grow again but they didn't. I had family members this time buy the book and trickling sales here and there but nothing like the first time I placed it on amazon. I have not changed the cover or the blurb, so I can't understand the reasoning. There have been no reviews good or bad, so that is not influencing it. I just recently dropped the price down to .99 to attract more readers but there hasn't been a sale in days. My account with B&N is doing better and that was not the case before. Any ideas what caused the sudden drop in sales? I am horrid at marketing so any useful tips would be welcomed in that area.
Thanks in advance! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0070W2WP2
The blurb is over long but the most jarring feature is from the "Look Inside". If you had an editor insert those twin-barreled bold quotation marks, your work has been dry-gulched (if you're not an American, dry-gulched means ambushed). Everyone wants to be grammatically correct but those "quotation daggers" are beyond the pale. They dominate the reader's eye, stumbling into a sharp stick. They poke your reader like a monkey in a cage. Far too many bold markers, "This is who said it" rather than "Go with the flow" and simply read the words. I could have simply written the word distraction but I wanted to communicate with effect.