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Navneet Anand

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Slow sales of short story book
Posted: Oct 4, 2017 1:19 PM
 
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Very slow sales despite bringing changes in the book. Can anybody review it or help in any way.Not a single copy sold in foreign markets, no reviews. Thanks.
Mrs Julia Evans

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Posted: Oct 4, 2017 1:37 PM   in response to: Navneet Anand in response to: Navneet Anand
 
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Navneet,

I'm glad you got the cover sorted out, and that you corrected some of the errors I pointed out yesterday, but simply putting a different story first, each time you receive feedback, isn't going to fix things. You didn't even bother to correct all the mistakes I highlighted yesterday.

As for slow sales, the only place you have any sales is in the Indian market, where you have four, highly unbelievable, five star reviews from people whose English must be pretty basic if they can't see the errors in your writing.

I'm sorry to be harsh, but you keep asking why you have no sales, and you keep being told it's because your English translation isn't good enough to sell books in a very tough genre.

If you choose not to fix the hundreds of mistakes in your book, that's your prerogative. But please refrain from asking why your books aren't selling, as though the reason is a mystery to you.

By now it should be no more a mystery to you than it is to the rest of the community.

From a very frustrated J.
Navneet Anand

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Re: Slow sales of short story book
Posted: Oct 4, 2017 9:43 PM   in response to: Mrs Julia Evans in response to: Mrs Julia Evans
 
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Dear J
I have edited and cross checked the whole book. The stories are written in English and are not translated. I have been changing the story for marketing purposes. The language, at places is bound to be influenced by local version of English as we see book written in England and USA. As for grammar there is hardly any mistake left and the reviews are from the people who have actually read the stories as literature rather than a grammar textbook hence the five stars.
Thanks :)
kencoon

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Re: Slow sales of short story book
Posted: Oct 4, 2017 10:19 PM   in response to: Navneet Anand in response to: Navneet Anand
 
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I do not understand why you are posting this.
I have 6 books all short stories what have been published for s few years now.
I do not have many more sales than you and these are not my friends that I had read them to give me 5 star reviews.
As a matter of fact. I think I don't have more than about 3 5 star reviews in that period of time.
You want instant fame and fortune in this field. That doesn't happen with self publishing.
Submit your stories to a publisher and see if they will publish and market your book for you.
You complained about no sales from Day 1 of your publishing.
Sorry if I am being rude. I cannot see why you are posting like this.
Navneet Anand

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Posted: Oct 4, 2017 10:50 PM   in response to: kencoon in response to: kencoon
 
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I am looking for marketing strategies for the short story segment which is exclusively on ebook and no paperback.
kalle

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Re: Slow sales of short story book
Posted: Oct 5, 2017 3:27 AM   in response to: Navneet Anand in response to: Navneet Anand
 
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This is absurd. I share your concerns.

It's been two days already. The book should have now been listed on new york times best seller list and tons of people shall be calling you for TV interviews.

sarcasm aside, i do wish you good luck. You will learn, day by day, just like all of us.
writerbn

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Re: Slow sales of short story book
Posted: Oct 5, 2017 4:50 AM   in response to: Navneet Anand in response to: Navneet Anand
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Navneet Anand wrote:
I am looking for marketing strategies for the short story segment which is exclusively on ebook and no paperback.
The only short stories that make money on KDP are erotica, and that's a highly competitive market. It takes a large back catalog to make more than minimum wage, and you need to publish every day, or every other day.
juergen13716

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Re: Slow sales of short story book
Posted: Oct 5, 2017 6:33 AM   in response to: writerbn in response to: writerbn
 
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Greetings from Germany.

Why should we buy this book? We have enough books in german language.
writerbn

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Posted: Oct 5, 2017 7:21 AM   in response to: juergen13716 in response to: juergen13716
 
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juergen13716 wrote:
Greetings from Germany.

Why should we buy this book? We have enough books in german language.

Sorry, but I have no idea what you're talking about. I'm not the OP.
Edmund Fen

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Re: Slow sales of short story book
Posted: Oct 5, 2017 8:40 AM   in response to: Navneet Anand in response to: Navneet Anand
 
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Navneet Anand wrote:
Dear J
I have edited and cross checked the whole book. The stories are written in English and are not translated. I have been changing the story for marketing purposes. The language, at places is bound to be influenced by local version of English as we see book written in England and USA. As for grammar there is hardly any mistake left and the reviews are from the people who have actually read the stories as literature rather than a grammar textbook hence the five stars.
Thanks :)

That's your real problem --- the stories are not written in English. Readers will not recognize your dialect and either assume you machine translated your work (as did some here, giving you the benefit of a doubt) or are simply illiterate. That, combined with a lack of understanding about the elements of style and the other tools of the writer's trade do not bode well for your book's future. As to your reviews, they are not from "people who have actually read the stories as literature." Rather, they are comments from friends who gave you pity stars; you should thank them for the effort, but, really, fake reviews do you no good.

If you want to sell books to your friends and to people who think you're writing in English, keep on doing what you're doing. Don't pay any attention to the advice you're receiving because it's about window dressing and presentation. None of it will improve your writing.

However, if you really do want to sell in the English-speaking marketplace, you have to improve your writing and language skills. Take a gander at the Look Insides of some of the Top Hundred books in various genres. All of them not only know how to tell a story using the tools of the trade, but are masters of communication. Their work, whether you like it or not, are the yardsticks by which your work is measured...it comes up short.
Edmund Fen

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Re: Slow sales of short story book
Posted: Oct 5, 2017 8:41 AM   in response to: juergen13716 in response to: juergen13716
 
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juergen13716 wrote:
Greetings from Germany.

Why should we buy this book? We have enough books in german language.


You have enough books? Really? How odd.
Mrs Julia Evans

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Posted: Oct 5, 2017 11:45 AM   in response to: Navneet Anand in response to: Navneet Anand
 
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Navneet Anand wrote:
Dear J
I have edited and cross checked the whole book. The stories are written in English and are not translated. I have been changing the story for marketing purposes. The language, at places is bound to be influenced by local version of English as we see book written in England and USA. As for grammar there is hardly any mistake left and the reviews are from the people who have actually read the stories as literature rather than a grammar textbook hence the five stars.
Thanks :)

Navneet,

I try and always be constructive on the community, because we were all new here once. But every now and then, someone gets on my last nerve and it snaps. Today, you're it.

I'm sorry, but the fact that you think your books have hardly any mistakes shows just how poor your grasp of the English language actually is. Your frequent use of a word that sounds like the right word is evidence that you don't have a clue. Content and contempt being the classic example. And what was that other bit?

The language, at places is bound to be influenced by local version of English as we see book written in England and USA.

What utter b*ll*cks! (That's an example of a local English word you may not have come across. Look it up.)

The fact that you're happy to have your book available for people to spend their hard earned cash on, knowing full well it contains mistakes, makes me so angry on their behalf.

If I knew the secret of how to sell a million books in under five minutes, there are plenty on the community I'd tell it to, but I sure as heck wouldn't share it with you.

And that brings us to the reason why you've been so persistent.

You thought that your book would take the market by storm, and that you would be an instant success, selling thousands of books on your first day. After all, the English speaking market is full of people with more money than sense. Right?

Wrong! The English speaking market is mostly made up of people who work extremely hard for their money, and they're sure as eggs not going to throw it away buying books that look like they were translated using Google!

The authors who inhabit this community are also hard-working individuals, who slog every day to hone their craft, and produce work of the very highest standard. They pay out to advertise and market their books, very often losing money in the process, just for the pleasure of knowing their work is out in the big world being appreciated, even if only a handful of readers ever buy a copy.

So, before you come on here again, asking the same tired questions, why don't you just use the search facility on the community to look for what you want, instead of asking for the keys to the kingdom to be handed to you on a silver plate. Do what everyone here has had to do, and figure it out for yourself.

A previously frustrated, now totally hacked off, J.
Cynthia E. Gould

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Re: Slow sales of short story book
Posted: Oct 5, 2017 12:24 PM   in response to: Mrs Julia Evans in response to: Mrs Julia Evans
 
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applause, Ms Evans!
Mrs Julia Evans

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Posted: Oct 5, 2017 1:36 PM   in response to: Cynthia E. Gould in response to: Cynthia E. Gould
 
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I do so miss Ward! He was so much more eloquent than I'll ever be.
writerbn

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Posted: Oct 5, 2017 2:59 PM   in response to: Mrs Julia Evans in response to: Mrs Julia Evans
 
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Mrs Julia Evans wrote:
I do so miss Ward! He was so much more eloquent than I'll ever be.
Don't sell yourself short. You have some mighty big shoes to fill, but you're doing a fine job :)
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