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Mr Carl D Nuttall

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Very little sales
Posted: Nov 5, 2017 9:37 AM
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Hello. Can anybody help please? My books aren't selling very quickly and i wondered if anybody has any ideas why please? Carl D Nuttall
Mrs Julia Evans

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Re: Very little sales
Posted: Nov 5, 2017 10:43 AM   in response to: Mr Carl D Nuttall in response to: Mr Carl D Nuttall
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Carl,

Kids books are a really tough sell at the best of times, and there is fierce completion from not only other self-pubbed authors, but the big, well-known names as well.

My first look at your books told me everything I needed to know... your covers! Well, they're not exactly going to grab a five year old's attention, are they?

I don't mean to be rude, but they would be more suited to an academic text-book than a children's book.

I glanced at a couple of your stories in your Look Inside, and they seemed quite sweet and appropriate for the age-bracket. But unless you can attract a customer to actually look inside, nobody is ever going to know that.

Invest in some better covers and your books will stand a better chance.

Just my thoughts.

Good luck. J
Salamander Mall...

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Re: Very little sales
Posted: Nov 5, 2017 4:11 PM   in response to: Mr Carl D Nuttall in response to: Mr Carl D Nuttall
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Probably the best step for you at this point is to click on the subgenres under which your books appear. That will take you to the Top Hundred list. You'll see that they all have attractive, age-appropriate, professional covers. None of them have blurbs that sound like dry catalog listings. And you'll find the contents well formatted and written in such a way as to engage the child. You might also consider whether customers would really think paying any amount for less than a dozen pages is a good deal.

Even if you improve your product to the point where it competes on a equal footing with the other books, it will still be an uphill battle. As already mentioned, competition is stiff and sales are low for all but the lucky or well-known few. Despite Amazon's best efforts to create a kiddie e-book market, it's still a black hole into which unknown writers throw massive amounts of time and money without any real return of investment. If high sales is an important goal, I can't imagine anyone getting into the field...print books, perhaps, but not e-books. Good luck.
Mr Carl D Nuttall

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Re: Very little sales
Posted: Nov 5, 2017 11:37 PM   in response to: Mr Carl D Nuttall in response to: Mr Carl D Nuttall
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That's great information guys, thanks! I will certainly have a look at the cover art for each volume and see if I can make any changes. Thanks again, Carl
Notjohn

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Re: Very little sales
Posted: Nov 6, 2017 3:45 AM   in response to: Mr Carl D Nuttall in response to: Mr Carl D Nuttall
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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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