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sandra gonthier

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Why am I not getting sales? . Help with promoting please
Posted: Oct 3, 2017 3:07 PM
 
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Hi everyone I've published my book "Breaking down those walls" by Sandra Vasseur and not sure why I'm not getting any sales. I know my book is about a touchy subject but I really thought I would of had sales by now. Anyone got any ideas how to boost sales?
Thank you in advance
Joseph M Erhardt

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Re: Why am I not getting sales? . Help with promoting please
Posted: Oct 3, 2017 3:15 PM   in response to: sandra gonthier in response to: sandra gonthier
 
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Assuming you have everything else right--cover, blurb, writing, right target audience--then your problem is visibility. The e-book inventory at the Zon has become a tsunami of worthless slush, and trying to get your work to rise above it and become visible is extraordinarily difficult.

Try searching the forums for "marketing" or "ad campaigns", etc.

Easier might be google:

marketing site:kdp.amazon.com

and look at the kdp forum links returned. (The "site:" parameter limits google's search to the kdp pages.) I'd only bother with stuff from the last 6 months or sooner, however.
P.M. Laidlow

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Re: Why am I not getting sales? . Help with promoting please
Posted: Oct 3, 2017 3:36 PM   in response to: sandra gonthier in response to: sandra gonthier
 
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$9.99 for a 36-page abuse memoir is a tough sell of a tough sell of a tough sell.
resteasy

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Re: Why am I not getting sales? . Help with promoting please
Posted: Oct 3, 2017 4:03 PM   in response to: sandra gonthier in response to: sandra gonthier
 
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You've obviously experienced a harrowing time. Difficulty is, there's a burgeoning of stories by people who have experienced deep troubles in their lives being uploaded on Amazon. It's becoming a competitive market in itself. And as pointed out, your price is far too high for a 36 page ebook. Unjust though it may seem, readers will judge by price rather than how you feel your story is important to the world. They may also think, are you just trying to make money from it at such a high price. $0.99 would be the going rate for so few pages. Sorry if this may appear harsh, but that's the reality.
Notjohn

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Re: Why am I not getting sales? . Help with promoting please
Posted: Oct 4, 2017 3:10 AM   in response to: sandra gonthier in response to: sandra gonthier
 
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Here's a useful blog post on promoting your book: https://insights.bookbub.com/marketing-a-new-book-tactics-authors-publishers-love

And one on getting the most out of your Amazon store listing: https://www.writtenwordmedia.com/2017/03/07/sell-more-books-on-amazon/

And a somewhat biased look at the whole process of self-publishing (you can ignore the BookBaby promotions): https://www.bookbaby.com/pages/pdf/5-Steps-To-Self-Publishing.pdf

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook.)

Good luck! -- NJ

Notjohn's Guide to E-Book & Print Formatting

The blog:
http://notjohnkdp.blogspot.com

Cynthia E. Gould

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Re: Why am I not getting sales? . Help with promoting please
Posted: Oct 4, 2017 6:58 AM   in response to: sandra gonthier in response to: sandra gonthier
 
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$8.99 for a 36 page story is far too much. Try 0.99. Maybe 2.99.
If it were written by an expert who tells how to prevent child abuse from happening in your family, there might be a market.
I'm sorry, but not many people are browsing around looking for personal stories.

Look at it like a buyer. What would entice someone to find your book?
Have you ever bought a book like this on a whim?
janni2525

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Re: Why am I not getting sales? . Help with promoting please
Posted: Oct 4, 2017 11:16 AM   in response to: sandra gonthier in response to: sandra gonthier
 
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Hello.
Sales can be very unpredictable. One thing I have done for more exposure is blog about my work. I also fill up every profile with links to my work so that if anyone wants to learn more about my work all they got to do is look on my profile.
I'm also on many social networking sites as well. One thing I have always done is be very active on all of them. I read and post all over the place. I usually post answers to questions on many sites that I can join. I don't promote my work. I'm more about enjoying myself online than promoting my work.
I still get sales from all over the world, but don't know where they got to see my work. I guess my profiles are out there for everyone to see. Exposure is really great. I don't just write books I'm also an artist. My art consists of photography, art work and producing music. I'm very busy.
I hope my answer helps a bit. Have a great day. Congratulations on your new work.
sandra gonthier

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Re: Why am I not getting sales? . Help with promoting please
Posted: Oct 4, 2017 2:32 PM   in response to: sandra gonthier in response to: sandra gonthier
 
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Thanks everyone for your honesty. I didn't realize the price was too high as I have been selling a lot of hard copies of my book on places where I live and new to the whole e-book thing. I've lowered my price and it will take up to 72hrs I think to be reflected on the site. I've also started joining a few social media sites hopefully that will help. Thanks again for your advice ☺️
kalle

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Re: Why am I not getting sales? . Help with promoting please
Posted: Oct 5, 2017 3:30 AM   in response to: janni2525 in response to: janni2525
 
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Excellent janni. Like those suggestions. :)
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