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angela05

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Why have I not sold a single book?
Posted: May 24, 2012 6:11 AM
 
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Hi there,

I posted my book for the first time last week. It is a children's fictional book about bullying. I am quite deflated that I have sold a single unit yet. I do realize that the book is free for 5 days as part of the Kindle's library progam. Any suggestions from anyone?
jmmoris

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Re: Why have I not sold a single book?
Posted: May 24, 2012 6:19 AM   in response to: angela05 in response to: angela05
 
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Hello Angela,

Without seeing your book, my best two suggestions are:
1) Patience
2) Marketing

It takes time to amass real sales. My own book has been out for several weeks now, and my sales aren't stellar yet, believe me. It takes a lot of patience and hard work to gain a readership following (plus a good book to begin with, of course).

Have you done any marketing for your book? Books don't sell themselves, and e-books doubly so.

If you'd like to post a link to your book, we can take a look and let you know if there are any glaring issues preventing people from buying.

  • J.M. Moris


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quiet_heart_press

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Re: Why have I not sold a single book?
Posted: May 24, 2012 6:38 AM   in response to: angela05 in response to: angela05
 
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I do realize that the book is free for 5 days as part
of the Kindle's library progam.

From the sentence above, it sounds like you may think every new book is free for 5 days. That is not the case. If I misunderstood you, I apologize. Also, I have seen notes on here where people say they have not sold a book in months. That's all I have for the moment--just didn't want you to think all new books are free for 5 days.
jackdear

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Re: Why have I not sold a single book?
Posted: May 24, 2012 6:41 AM   in response to: jmmoris in response to: jmmoris
 
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Marketing. Yes. How??????
perfecting_lone...

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Re: Why have I not sold a single book?
Posted: May 24, 2012 6:48 AM   in response to: angela05 in response to: angela05
 
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The best free marketing tool is social media - Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube especially. Set up pages, and interacting with your audience. My eBook, 500 Ways to Promote Your eBook Online is currently free, if you'd like to check it out:

http://forums.kindledirectpublishing.com/kdpforums/thread.jspa?threadID=37461&tstart=30

Good luck!
hardwarehero

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Re: Why have I not sold a single book?
Posted: May 24, 2012 7:00 AM   in response to: angela05 in response to: angela05
 
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I do think it is a matter of time if your book is really good. Imagine your book being a drop of water in a sea of countless works of so many people that started writing since the rise of the Kindle began. There are hundreds of new books every day and the most of them are given away - right, they are free! Now imagine how many buyers go for the classics or the big guns under of the writing guild. Accumulate both imaginations and you know where your book stands. No offense there and no disappointment intended but you will have to face this reality.
zombiesamaritan

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Re: Why have I not sold a single book?
Posted: May 24, 2012 8:05 AM   in response to: hardwarehero in response to: hardwarehero
 
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You should post a link to your book. Did you 'tag' your book so people can find it?
thorkill71

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Re: Why have I not sold a single book?
Posted: May 24, 2012 8:32 AM   in response to: angela05 in response to: angela05
 
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Angela,

Start your marketing by signing every post with a signature block.

That's marketing 101...I've got a lot of tips to share!

v/r

Thorkill71

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quiet_heart_press

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Re: Why have I not sold a single book?
Posted: May 24, 2012 8:46 AM   in response to: thorkill71 in response to: thorkill71
 
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Start your marketing by signing every post with a
signature block.

... and then there are those of us who find it annoying when people advertise their book(s) every time a comment is made on anything ...
martitalbott

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Re: Why have I not sold a single book?
Posted: May 24, 2012 8:47 AM   in response to: quiet_heart_press in response to: quiet_heart_press
 
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And then there are the ones who ask a question and never come back. Sigh.
thorkill71

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Re: Why have I not sold a single book?
Posted: May 24, 2012 8:49 AM   in response to: quiet_heart_press in response to: quiet_heart_press
 
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...and there are those of us who are annoyed when people complain about things they shouldn't complain about.

v/r

Thorkill71

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1001nightspress

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Re: Why have I not sold a single book?
Posted: May 24, 2012 8:51 AM   in response to: angela05 in response to: angela05
 
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I assume you participated in a critique group or some kind of editing process, so that you know the story is strong and in good condition?

I'm not assuming you didn't, mind you. But even before marketing, you have to start with a really superior book. Then a great cover to catch attention. And a strong blurb to hook readers once they've stepped in for a closer look. Did you have anyone critique your blurb?
jossc

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Re: Why have I not sold a single book?
Posted: May 24, 2012 10:19 AM   in response to: 1001nightspress in response to: 1001nightspress
 
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The critique of my blurb (which I received here quite by accident) was priceless. I still don't know that it's where I want it to be, but it's miles better than it was when I first wrote it. I agree with virtually all of what's been posted in response to this question thus far. If I had to choose the one that was most helpful to me, though, it would be the need for a strong blurb (and a critique of it by people who have done this before).

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andresanthomas

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Re: Why have I not sold a single book?
Posted: May 24, 2012 10:53 AM   in response to: angela05 in response to: angela05
 
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1. Children's books are tough sells on Kindle.
2. If you're going to do a book on a topic like bullying, you have to be able to say something that everyone else hasn't. Or say it in an especially engaging way.
3. Your book isn't just free for 5 days as part of the library program. You have up to 5 free days you can use as/if you like during the 90 day period.
4. No book sells itself (even with free promo days), you need to figure out where to find your customer (and if this is for young children, your customer is parents).

Good luck!
screenwriterjohn

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Re: Why have I not sold a single book?
Posted: May 24, 2012 11:34 AM   in response to: angela05 in response to: angela05
 
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Ah, a noob!

Unless you write lady pornography, your book isn't going to sell immediately.

Unless it's a truly great piece of lit, you're not going to retire off your royalities.
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