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Kevin Bu

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My book is not selling
Posted: Oct 22, 2017 6:49 AM
 
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Hello, I released an ebook called “Eugene’s Trip” 1.5 days ago but I haven’t sold a single copy. It is 107 pages and I priced it at $2.99, but it hasn’t sold a single copy. Is there something I can do to increase sales?
Donna St Felix

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Posted: Oct 22, 2017 7:04 AM   in response to: Kevin Bu in response to: Kevin Bu
 
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Kevin Bu wrote:
Hello, I released an ebook called “Eugene’s Trip” 1.5 days ago but I haven’t sold a single copy. It is 107 pages and I priced it at $2.99, but it hasn’t sold a single copy. Is there something I can do to increase sales?

It has not been on long enough to really have been seen yet. Give it some time.
Also, payments have to clear before a sale will show.
writerbn

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Posted: Oct 22, 2017 8:17 AM   in response to: Kevin Bu in response to: Kevin Bu
 
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Kevin Bu wrote:
Hello, I released an ebook called “Eugene’s Trip” 1.5 days ago but I haven’t sold a single copy. It is 107 pages and I priced it at $2.99, but it hasn’t sold a single copy. Is there something I can do to increase sales?
Unless your name is Stephen King, the vast majority of books don't sell just by putting them out there.

Search the forums for ideas on marketing and promotion. However, before any of that, make sure you've written a book that lots of people want to read, have it edited and formatted to professional standards, and with an eye-catching cover that fits the genre.
MR R J LAIDLER

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Re: My book is not selling
Posted: Oct 22, 2017 8:23 AM   in response to: Kevin Bu in response to: Kevin Bu
 
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At the risk of stating the obvious - what are you doing to promote the book? If you don't promote it then don't expect many sales, if any at all.
You can find suggestions on promoting books in this Forum if you search. However, there is another piece of oft-repeated advice given - start writing another book now and as soon as that one is published follow it up with another and so on. One-off books don't generally sell most people find.
Kevin Bu

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Posted: Oct 22, 2017 8:52 AM   in response to: Kevin Bu in response to: Kevin Bu
 
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Thanks for the advice people. But I would like it if someone would actually search my book on Amazon, observe the cover and read the preview and give me some direct feedback.
Angela

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Posted: Oct 22, 2017 8:52 AM   in response to: Kevin Bu in response to: Kevin Bu
 
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The price is too high for the page length, imao. Readers won't spend 3.00 on 100 pages unless your name is big and even then, they'll frown on it.
Mrs Julia Evans

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Posted: Oct 22, 2017 9:50 AM   in response to: Kevin Bu in response to: Kevin Bu
 
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Kevin Bu wrote:
Thanks for the advice people. But I would like it if someone would actually search my book on Amazon, observe the cover and read the preview and give me some direct feedback.

Well, why didn't you just say so in the first place?

Ok, well the cover looks like a nine year old drew it - not sure whether that was deliberate but not the greatest beginning imho.

The blurb is bland and not in the least bit enticing. I'm sure I'm not your target audience, but even so... it should leave the potential reader feeling a little intrigued.

The inside is basically a dollop of uninteresting facts, being dropped in our laps in a heap, in great big paragraphs. In the first few paragraphs I learned to dislike Eugene, feel sorry for his parents, and generally dislike his attitude towards everything and everyone.

I couldn't tell you why, but I found your writing very jumpy. There was nothing that flowed, and the huge paragraphs were too much.... well, just too much.

Possibly you need to decide who your target audience is, and then do some marketing to them. I'm guessing it would be 14 year old boys, but then you'd need to tailor your language and get rid of some of the f-bombs.

Once you've been a bit more precise about the demographic you're appealing to, reduced the price, changed the cover, and gotten a whole lot more creative about the blurb, maybe you'll find some of those readers you're looking for.

Just my thoughts. J
Emily Veinglory

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Posted: Oct 22, 2017 10:42 AM   in response to: Kevin Bu in response to: Kevin Bu
 
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If that is what you want you should post a link.

IMHO the cover is a huge problem, it might just work for a kids book but not for YA. And the blurb need to give more information about the main peril/enemy the MC faces. Also you formatting is messed up with clearly non-deliberate changes in font, spacing and indents.
Kevin Bu

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Posted: Oct 22, 2017 10:57 AM   in response to: Mrs Julia Evans in response to: Mrs Julia Evans
 
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Well, I agree with you on the cover, but I don't know what made you think the paragraphs were too long. The longest ones were about ten lines. I've seen paragraphs in Harry Potter that are that long. Perhaps I could fix the blurb by adding a bit more content, but how exactly did my writing seem jumpy and not seem to flow? I felt like it accurately conveyed a day in the life of Eugene. Finally, why in your opinion were the facts I presented "uninteresting"? They are essential to the book's plot.
Emily Veinglory

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Posted: Oct 22, 2017 11:19 AM   in response to: Kevin Bu in response to: Kevin Bu
 
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You need to learn how to take feedback. Asking for more information is fine but if you are just going to argue that the input is wrong, you are missing the point. The reader experiences the book s they report, that experience cannot be argued with--

If you are still at the stage of developing the actual manuscript, the place for that is a critique site like critique circle or critter where you will get multiple response and appreciate that of 5 complete separate people independently see the same problem, it definitely exists.
Cynthia E. Hurst

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Re: My book is not selling
Posted: Oct 22, 2017 11:37 AM   in response to: Kevin Bu in response to: Kevin Bu
 
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You have some formatting problems (unnecessary spaces between paragraphs, no indents and then too-deep indents, etc.,) but those are fixable.
The main problem I see is that you don't give the reader any reason to care what happens to Eugene. If he flunks out of high school or fails to get into college, or whatever the result of his laziness is -- so what? Is there something bigger at stake? Is he going to learn a valuable lesson about friendship or that his boring parents may be right after all? If so, at least hint at that in your blurb.
Mrs Julia Evans

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Posted: Oct 22, 2017 12:47 PM   in response to: Kevin Bu in response to: Kevin Bu
 
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Kevin Bu wrote:
Well, I agree with you on the cover, but I don't know what made you think the paragraphs were too long. The longest ones were about ten lines. I've seen paragraphs in Harry Potter that are that long.

Some were thirteen lines, but the number is irrelevant. If they're gripping, and full of scintillating dialogue, maybe a long paragraph can be excused. Yours weren't and they just felt heavy and dull. Don't try and compare your work to JKR. When you're as successful as she is, you can do what the hell you like. Until then, you're stuck following basic rules like the rest of us.

Perhaps I could fix the blurb by adding a bit more content, but how exactly did my writing seem jumpy and not seem to flow? I felt like it accurately conveyed a day in the life of Eugene.

The blurb doesn't need more content, it needs better content. Go and read other people's blurbs and see how it's done properly. Be critical. Would what they've said entice you to read their book? You need to be enticing your readers in, like the best temptress, teasing them and tempting them with what they might find inside the cover.

As to the jumpy bit? Well, when I'm reading, I almost breathe with the punctuation, as though I was reading it aloud. Try reading the next short paragraph, and not pausing or breathing unless there's a comma or full stop to allow it.

"Last year, rarely could I afford to sleep past six AM, much less have time to read or respond to or ignore the text messages I received. Any text message from a friend I received between last September and this June most likely went unread or ignored."

I chose this paragraph because it typified the way your lack of punctuation in the second sentence makes it difficult for people to read your work with any fluidity. If I can't breathe, I'm not enjoying myself! And that second part left me quite breathless.

I also chose it as it's a perfect example of how your poor sentence structure is jarring, and stops the reader immersing themselves in your story. If you just made minor changes, it would sound so much better;

"Last year, it was rare that I could afford to sleep past six each morning. It was rarer still that I found time to respond to (or ignore) the text messages I received. From September until this past June, the majority of messages I'd received from friends had either gone unread, or ignored."

I think the second version flows better, but that's my humble opinion.

Finally, why in your opinion were the facts I presented "uninteresting"? They are essential to the book's plot.

I'm not going to go back over the uninteresting facts, as I didn't find any of it appealing, but what I would explain is that facts on their own can't just be dumped in the reader's lap. It's the old adage about 'show and tell'.

If you want to get facts out there quickly, then use conversation to do it. Have one of your characters explain something to another character. That way, the reader finds out what you want them to know, while giving them a chance to engage with your characters.

I'm not sure how much of that makes sense to you, but after all, it's just my opinion, so you can take it or leave it as you choose.

Either way, good luck. J
mal

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Re: My book is not selling
Posted: Oct 22, 2017 1:06 PM   in response to: Kevin Bu in response to: Kevin Bu
 
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Me too! . My E book is over one week old . My first book ever ,Petrified waiting for sales . Goes through a price reduction next week ...BROKEN ONE by malcolm gray e BOOK AND PAPERBACK.
This looks a hard gig being an author ,But i will persevere.
Mrs Julia Evans

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Posted: Oct 22, 2017 1:34 PM   in response to: mal in response to: mal
 
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Mal,

God, this is going to sound like I'm being a bitch, when I'm really not trying to be...

Mal, the only thing that is standing between your book and a bunch of bad reviews, is that you haven't made a sale yet.

Please take my advice and hold off the promotion, un-publish your book, and correct the appalling grammar before you put it back up again. You don't seem to have noticed that your punctuation is all over the place, not just in your book, but all over your blurb as well, and even in your post. A comma should come after the last word, thus, not in front of the next ,thus. That's just for starters.

I'm not going to pull it to pieces, but your book seriously needs looking at NOW, before you have any sales. Not AFTER you've got a bunch of 1* reviews that will never be taken down.

Just my thoughts, J
Salamander Mall...

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Re: My book is not selling
Posted: Oct 22, 2017 2:07 PM   in response to: Kevin Bu in response to: Kevin Bu
 
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Kevin Bu wrote:
Hello, I released an ebook called “Eugene’s Trip” 1.5 days ago but I haven’t sold a single copy. It is 107 pages and I priced it at $2.99, but it hasn’t sold a single copy. Is there something I can do to increase sales?

Unfortunately, there are reasons your book is not selling. As others have mentioned, your cover is not at all attractive, nothing to make a browsing customer pause. There are a few basic principles in cover design and it takes little effort to learn them. In this digital age, there are any number of graphics programs that can keep self-publishers from embarrassing themselves. If you have no idea how to make an attractive cover, there are low-cost alternatives. What you can't do is post a cover obviously inferior to those of your competitors and expect customers to choose your product over theirs.

As has also been mentioned, your blurb falls short of its goal of getting a customer into your Look Inside. I found it dull. Just as your book must have a narrative hook that immediately engages the reader, so must your blurb. I read the blurb all the way through and it never stirred my interest.

However, let's assume a customer somehow gets past it all and into your Look Inside. He will see a poorly formatted interior, unjustified text made virtually unreadable by a lack of paragraphing. Additionally, he might wonder if you have actually ever seen a book before -- have you ever seen a print book that plunged into the story immediately after the cover? No title page, no copyright notice, no TOC, no chapter heads, etc.

Your story lacks a good narrative hook, so I didn't read beyond the first few lines. As to your writing style, that's very subjective. It didn't appeal to me, but it might others ... but if you can't get customers into your Look Inside with cover and blurb, then story and writing style become irrelevant.

Long gone are the days when you can throw anything on Amazon and get sales simply because it's an e-book. It's not a novelty anymore.
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