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anthony wade

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How to sell first ebook
Posted: Oct 15, 2017 7:28 AM
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I have my first ebook on kindle out, Living life in conscious reality. By Fauxcroft wade. So far though no sales after a few weeks. Any feedback on how to improve on this would be much appreciated.
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Re: How to sell first ebook
Posted: Oct 15, 2017 7:45 AM   in response to: anthony wade in response to: anthony wade
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anthony wade wrote:
I have my first ebook on kindle out, Living life in conscious reality. By Fauxcroft wade. So far though no sales after a few weeks.
Unfortunately, that scenario is perfectly normal for more than 99% of self-published books. Search the forums for ideas on marketing and promotion, but it all begins with writing a book that lots of people what to read, and then doing a professional job of editing, cover design, and formatting.

Any feedback on how to improve on this would be much appreciated.
I don't usually respond to feedback requests these days, having learned from experience, but there are others who will.
zeta121

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Re: How to sell first ebook
Posted: Oct 15, 2017 7:46 AM   in response to: anthony wade in response to: anthony wade
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Like with any product or service you must market it. Not sure if you've done this.

My first ebook was published March 2012 and I started with family, friends, and FB folks. And then I created a marketing strategy for my target audience. Since it was 2012, I did a lot of offline promotion with postcards & business cards as promotional cards with one side having a picture of the book cover and other side a short blurb and where to purchase. I used Vistaprint because it was cheap.

I also had additional help from my mother who is an author and I was able to tap into her pool of readers.

Now, I promote online. Goodreads is a good place to promote.

My genre is Romance it's a little easier to get sales, I think.
Diana Persaud

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Re: How to sell first ebook
Posted: Oct 15, 2017 7:56 AM   in response to: anthony wade in response to: anthony wade
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anthony wade wrote:
I have my first ebook on kindle out, Living life in conscious reality. By Fauxcroft wade. So far though no sales after a few weeks. Any feedback on how to improve on this would be much appreciated.

You wrote poems. That's probably the least popular genre, so it's not surprising that you aren't getting sales.

When was the last time you purchased a book of poems?

You might want to consider a place like wattpad if you are looking to be read and don't care about making money.

If you want to make money, then you need to write what people want to buy.
Dana Blankenship

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Re: How to sell first ebook
Posted: Oct 15, 2017 8:56 AM   in response to: anthony wade in response to: anthony wade
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Having bought few books of poetry in my lifetime, I agree it is a very small market.

However, your first poem seems more a rant about the current state of affairs. Today, in the U.S., everyone is ranting. In my reading, I like a break from that. Perhaps a different sample to draw the readers in. Good luck.
anthony wade

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Posted: Oct 15, 2017 3:34 PM   in response to: Dana Blankenship in response to: Dana Blankenship
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Thank you that is most helpful.
anthony wade

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Posted: Oct 15, 2017 3:35 PM   in response to: zeta121 in response to: zeta121
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Thank for that's most helpful
anros

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Re: How to sell first ebook
Posted: Oct 17, 2017 1:53 AM   in response to: anthony wade in response to: anthony wade
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When you write an ebook, please don't just write a 7-page list of bullet points or whatever. I downloaded a book with a beautiful cover about tips for health and was most disappointed.
A friend wrote a series of books dealing with various aspects of writing fiction. By the time the third one was up - a few weeks - she was paying her rent with the income. She is now going into the the YA paranormal genre which is very lucrative or so I'm told.
social networking is what works for marketing ebooks.
Notjohn

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Re: How to sell first ebook
Posted: Oct 17, 2017 3:30 AM   in response to: anthony wade in response to: anthony wade
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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

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