My recently released book: The Gresham Symphony - is NOT moving fast during the first day of my FREE promotion.
(Only about 60 was downloaded in the first few hours.) Should I worry?
Your comments would be greatly appreciated.
*****on the 9th of January, I've just received a message from a U.S. author telling me that he was going to pay for my book and was unable to download it.
title: Arty, Crafty, Nasty. The book is standing still, not even one sale, (deals with computer hacking etc. etc.) for the last 3 months. I'm about to write to Amazon once
again to ask their help. *****
I'd worry cause you are giving your book away for free. Also, at 60 it is obviously in a genre that doesn't sell. But back to the first point, why give it away? Why not sell it? Isn't that why you're writing? To try and earn a living doing something you love? You should be writing every day, building up a library of books and short stories and trying to sell if it is even a few copies of each every month. Giving away free books will get you nowhere but in the poor house. Focus on how many books and short stories you can have for SALE in a couple of years and just write like crazy. The money will come eventually but it takes time.
Most importantly look in the forums at the authors that have thousands of free downloads and then write in those genres. Write what readers will pay for, not what you want to write.
WRITE WHAT READERS WILL PAY FOR, NOT WHAT YOU WANT TO WRITE!!!!!!!!
Thank you James, what if I had a blurb, something on this line......do you think this is what readers might pay for?
B l u r b
Sorom and Kommorah are well know twin towns, about 50 miles from F.F. City. Sorom is well known for its innocent perverts and Kommorah is the place for recently released jail birds with cannibalistic inclinations. The guys in Commorah are true romantics, flowers and all.....not only they eat their love interest after the first date, but they even write about it and email their masterpiece to the town's newspaper, to the delight of the local sadists.
The love story of John and Jenna is not your average romance. The lovers in this book are NOT listening to Paganini, oh no my friends. They're into other things.....
May be I should have a catching title: Loved her to death ???
Any help re: the above would be greatly appreciated.
Lack of sales can be for many, many reasons. Your best bet is to post a link to your book, if you are inclined to share it here, and ask for feedback. I would suggest you post it in the 'general' section to get more eyes on it, as the blurb you posted has many issues. Keep in mind even a great blurb can be hurt by a poor cover, as people won't bother reading it if the cover doesn't draw them in.
Oh, and your message to James most likely got 'modded'. Moderation is automated here, with little rhyme or reason. It will appear eventually, in a few hours or a few days. It doesn't mean you said anything inappropriate necessarily, it just means the computer felt like holding up your post. Happens a lot here.
Sixty freebies is low, even in these days, when the market is so saturated with freebies that few books go flying out at the rate they used to.
I looked at your real blurb, not the fake one you gave in response to James. (Ignore him if you don't want to write zombies--some people do, and do it well (like Marcy), but it's no use trying to catch the "popular" genre, because everyone else is trying to catch it too, and your heart won't be in it.)
The problem with your blurb, and the reason your giveaway numbers are down, is that you don't say anything to draw the reader in. You say the story is a love story set in Budapest. But that, by itself, is not particularly enticing. Look at the blurbs for historical romances (yours actually would be "contemporary"). It's all "Little did she think, when she first heard him at a concert that… He had always expected that … but when his eye first fell on the tumultuous Hungarian beauty..."
You get the idea. I didn't look at the Look Inside. Good luck! (Oh, and I'd think a picture of a Budapest street looking romantic would be better for your cover than a field of flowers.)
Please do not listen to James. His advice is terrible. Write whatever you want and whatever you LOVE. Don't just write about whatever you think might be popular, especially when it's not a genre you like or even care about. If you just try to chase money by writing horror or erotica (or whatever) when you don't even like it yourself, it's probably not going to work. Besides, the market is already oversaturated with those kinds of stories. Just try to write the best possible book you can, and hopefully you'll find an audience.
I just looked at your link and I can tell you why you're not selling. You are charging $3.99 for a 54 page book. That's incredibly overpriced in this market. Your cover also looks like you designed it yourself and didn't have it done profesionally. I'd recommend getting a professional cover. For my covers, I use a guy on the website "Fiverr" who always does an awesome job (and only charges $5). I don't think I would have sold nearly as many books as I have without him.
Thanks for your advice re: pricing.
As far as my book cover is concerned, I prefer to use my own paintings or photographs for my book covers, but I agree, $5 is very reasonable
for cover creators. Cheers, Melanie
I use a guy who calls himself "idrewdesign" for all my covers. He usually has 40+ orders in his queue, and be prepared to wait at least a week for him to complete your order, but for me, its been worth it. He designed the cover of my book "Small Town Evil" and right now that book is at #4 on the best-seller list in the horror genre. The guy is good.