During my last FREE promotions, I had 68 FREE downloads in the first 4 hours, then it became slower and slower by the hour,
but I still ended up with 128 downloads over the 5 days period.
This time I had only 10 downloads in 3 days? Is that possible? My book deals with "computer hackers" amongst many other issues.
Are there some invisible forces stopping my book???
Wow. That is pretty raunchy. I had a book that only got about 300 downloads. It was theology, but seriously....I would think to get more just because people like free stuff. I just did a free promo on magic with making candles and soaps; it got over 2500 downloads AND NOT ONE SALE YET!!
I would think your subject matter alone would garner more activity. Perhaps move you categories around?
Or even advertise on the free giveaways sites I realize the promo is over and you burned all of your days, but chuck another quick read on hacking on KDP and offer that one properly, that way people can see your other book.
My latest book was released on Amazon.com/kindle (14th of August 2013, the edited version). At night, we had to call the Fire Brigade around 10.30 pm, due to the horrific smell coming out of our central heating ducts. The smoke alarm didn't go off.....but the smell was a burnt like, musky smell. The fire men checked out our building, tested it for everything they could, but could not find anything. We even called our neighbors, who reconfirmed the smell, which lasted for about 1/2 an hour, and it slowly disappeared. The following morning I woke up with a terrible headache (I never have headaches). My latest book release( "I am Not Your Dinner") will be a memorable experience. Does my book stink? http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=I+am+not+your+dinner
Edited by: Melanie Zuben on Aug 19, 2013 8:39 PM
I thought your book looked interesting and it read smoothly.
My suggestions are:
I think I would try a lower price ($2.99) to help launch it.
I would definitely cut out the 'self discovery' phrase in your blurb - because it is abstract jargon, telling us nothing at all. For me, it was a big turn-off, Like many people, I yawn at the very idea of reading an unknown person's life story (which in most cases isn't half as interesting to read about as it was to live). So many people want to tell the world about their life - and I think you have to try to ensure you're taken seriously.
I would also avoid the phrase 'deals with' - because you can't really 'deal' with these things.
I like the love & hate bit and the final sentence - and I'm not suggesting that you hide the fact that it's your life, but rather that you put it in at the end as a neat surprise (after you've hooked interest).
I would make it more like this...
This book is about rags to riches and riches to normality. It is about a quest to find out how the world really works.
It includes art, love and passion, migrant issues, fashion, religious sects, threats from hackers, obsession with internet chatting and a Kamikaze approach to on-line Hungarian politics.
I was loved and at times hated. This is my story, as I care to remember it.
I am surprised and deeply touched by your kind advice! Thank you for your help!
I have to admit that there are times, when I get into trouble expressing myself, as
English is not my mother tongue........and I don't feel the weight of some of the
expressions, like: self discovery etc. etc.......I do like your version better, much
better..... and will change it the minute I can (I just changed a few things and I have
to wait a few hours to clear).
"When the student is ready, the teacher appear"
Thanks again for taking your time to encourage me!!
I took a closer look at you book and I have to say you urgently need your punctuation sorting.
For starters, I would remove almost all your exclamation marks! You simply do not need them! They suggest lack of confidence! Exterminate!
Only keep the ones where the meaning could be misunderstood without it - e.g. What! as opposed to What?
For example, this sentence (picked at random) contains several mistakes...
"I have the feeling, that they might believe that you are "spying" on them, and you might want to open your own gallery"said one of their previous employee.
I have made six changes...
"I have the feeling that they might believe you are 'spying' on them, and you might want to open your own gallery," said one of their previous employees.
I use double quotes for speech and singles for words and phrases within the text. You can reverse that if you prefer. But, I would do away with any quote marks around spying. Putting the quotes diminishes the meaning, which I don't think you intended.
It's all very subtle and tricky.
If you leave the book as it is, you risk bad reviews, which you will have to live with forever, even if you revise the book to perfection.
Software such as Word will pick up some of your mistakes.
You can study books on grammar and punctuation.
You can ask people to read it though for you. (You cannot proofread your own work to a publishable standard because you cannot see all your own mistakes.)
You need a good proof reader who is completely fluent with the language.
"it's all very subtle and tricky.
If you leave the book as it is, you risk bad reviews, which you will have to live with forever, even if you revise the book to perfection."
Hm......thanks again for your kind advice. I had the book edited by a professional, and Word didn't pick up any mistakes, apart from "thingilingi",
which is my way of describing the precious male organ and I have no intention of changing it. (Somehow it has more music to it than lets say: smock or the better
known version of it, starting with the letter: D, and ending with K )
Regarding book reviews: Because of the content of my book, I was expecting lots of bad reviews (stepped on a few toes) and I have no problem living with it, as it was
not intended for the Nobel Price........ha....ha....ha.....ha! My pure intention was to entertain, and if I'll succeed doing that, than my job as a writer is done.
Thank you for all your help. I'll look into some of the punctuation mistakes you've mentioned.
I was going to remove almost all the exclamation marks as you suggested, but than I quickly changed my mind as I do not want to use big words for
passionate emotions. (I'm a Hemingway kind of a girl......."Nothing but blood and bone and muscle")
I looked at your book description. Although your book may cover all the topics you listed in your description, you may want to tweak the language a bit and try your free promo again. I think this may help to increase the number of free downloads. Good luck.