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susamma verghese

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my book is not selling
Posted: Oct 30, 2017 1:53 PM
 
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my book is not selling. The title is "is someone spying on you? Harassing you?
The link is https://www.amazon.com/SOMEONE-SPYING-YOU-HARASSING-INFORMATION-ebook/dp/B075X5JPVN/ref=mt_kindle?_encoding=UTF8&me=

I know one of the reasons is price. But what might be the other reasons. Any suggestions?
I am trying lot of keywords but my book does not show up when I use those keywords.
I have not used the amazon marketing services yet.
any advice would be welcome.
Thanks.
Mrs Julia Evans

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Re: my book is not selling
Posted: Oct 30, 2017 3:21 PM   in response to: susamma verghese in response to: susamma verghese
 
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Susammah,

I'm not going to talk about the contents of your book or your look inside, because obviously the subject is extremely important to you, and I wouldn't make light of it.

However, you asked why your book isn't selling, and I'll give you my thoughts.

Your blurb.

That's why.

With the greatest of respect for what you've been through, your blurb comes across as the ranting of a lunatic! I was getting quite alarmed at the content, not out of fear for myself, but out of concern for you, because some of it sounds like it's come from a person who is seriously unhinged, and in need of help themselves.

I understand that you probably wanted to get across to the reader, a thousand different messages, all at once, but that should be saved for the inside of the book.

All of that anger and rage, all those conspiracy theories... I just found it alarming, and I'm not someone who is already vulnerable, having been stalked, harassed or worse!

Tone your blurb down... a lot! Explain to your readers how you have drawn from your experiences, and how you will offer words of comfort, reassurance, advice and guidance.

Don't scare the bejesus out of them before they've even bought your book.

I'm not sure if that was what you were looking for, but those are my thoughts, fwiw.

Best wishes. J
Salamander Mall...

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Re: my book is not selling
Posted: Oct 30, 2017 3:46 PM   in response to: susamma verghese in response to: susamma verghese
 
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In your listing, I saw innumerable reasons to give your book a pass and not a single one to make me purchase. Here are just a few:
  • Your cover proclaims Massive Hope while the listing proclaims Massive Help. Poor editing there.
  • The blurb promises your book is "...a Bible of harassment," which indicates it is a complete guide to committing crimes. Is that what you really meant?
  • The blurb is far too long, too rambling, too boring, too off-putting, too batsnot loony and not very well written.
  • The Look Inside only shows half the width of the page.
  • From what can be seen of the book, it's clear your English language skills need improvement. It's not at an acceptable level for U.S. or U.K. readers.
  • Because you chose to make your book a Print Replica (why?), it will not work on many devices.
  • Yes, the price is unrealistic at best.
The last reason not to buy your book can't be encapsulated by a bulletpoint. I don't trust you, and you've not given me any reason to. Where are your credentials? Where are your peer-reviewed scholarly articles? Where is your valid internet presence? You don't even have an author's page with a bio, real or not. You don't give us any reason to believe you know what you're talking about. You've slapped a "Dr" in front of your name, yet you don't have the wherewithal to know the difference between "hope" and "help" on your cover and listing, or the ability to write with lucidity. If you want people to buy your book, they have to believe you are the real deal. With fiction, it doesn't matter who wrote it, but with nonfiction self-help, identity is everything. No identity, no sale.

Unfortunately, the days of just putting up anything and having it sell like a house on fire are long gone. The novelty of the e-book is over. Readers are much more sophisticated and more discerning. Even free books will be ignored if they don't meet standards. And certain genres are death traps. Self-help books written by unknown "experts" is one of them. You should have investigated the e-book marketplace before investing so much time, money and effort. You should think long and hard before throwing more money at this project. Sorry, but you are not on the path to being a Kindle Millionaire, despite what you may have been told.
Donna St Felix

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Re: my book is not selling
Posted: Oct 30, 2017 5:35 PM   in response to: susamma verghese in response to: susamma verghese
 
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All of the above and ... The price of $45 US for a paperback is ridiculous.
Laura

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Re: my book is not selling
Posted: Oct 31, 2017 5:31 PM   in response to: susamma verghese in response to: susamma verghese
 
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Susamma, I have been stalked, and followed (by different people), and repeatedly sexually harassed when I worked in a certain town, to the point where I was on the verge of a panic attack whenever I was approached by strangers, and I will be completely honest with you, I found what little I saw of your book alarming, not reassuring. Not exaclty the reaction you were going for, I'm sure. The title in block caps is the equivalent of shouting at people.

In your book you state "100% of people who go through such harassment commit suicide or are murdered." I don't even know what to say to that.

Since it seems as if you've gone through a lot yourself, may I recommend an excellent book for you, The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker. He is an expert in his field and although the book does cover some truly horrible topics, I found it to be ultimately very reassuring. It helped me to put things into perspective and I hope it will do the same for you.
booknookbiz

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Re: my book is not selling
Posted: Oct 31, 2017 8:38 PM   in response to: Laura in response to: Laura
 
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Laura wrote:
Susamma, I have been stalked, and followed (by different people), and repeatedly sexually harassed when I worked in a certain town, to the point where I was on the verge of a panic attack whenever I was approached by strangers, and I will be completely honest with you, I found what little I saw of your book alarming, not reassuring. Not exaclty the reaction you were going for, I'm sure. The title in block caps is the equivalent of shouting at people.

In your book you state "100% of people who go through such harassment commit suicide or are murdered." I don't even know what to say to that.


I noticed that line, myself. Considering she then goes to to say that she's suffered from that--that line is at best boggling, and at worst, embarrassing for the author.

Since it seems as if you've gone through a lot yourself, may I recommend an excellent book for you, The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker. He is an expert in his field and although the book does cover some truly horrible topics, I found it to be ultimately very reassuring. It helped me to put things into perspective and I hope it will do the same for you.

I hope she reads it. If nothing else, she needs to explain, somehow, someplace, her actual credentials for the authorship. It's fine to have personal experience--but what are her credentials for writing this type of book? I read the first few pages, and the author makes some ASTOUNDING claims--that if someone isn't succeeding in life, he or she's being stalked, spied upon abused, etc. Considering how many losers there are in the world, those who aren't losing must be very, VERY busy spying, stalking and harassing those loser folks.

I also recommend that the OP gets an editor, to tone down the rhetoric, so that it sounds more tenable. Right now, it sounds a bit...off-key, let's say.

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susamma verghese

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Re: my book is not selling
Posted: Nov 2, 2017 1:05 PM   in response to: Mrs Julia Evans in response to: Mrs Julia Evans
 
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thanks for your reply. the blurb has been changed already.
susamma verghese

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Posted: Nov 2, 2017 1:05 PM   in response to: Donna St Felix in response to: Donna St Felix
 
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thanks
susamma verghese

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Posted: Nov 2, 2017 1:06 PM   in response to: booknookbiz in response to: booknookbiz
 
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thanks
susamma verghese

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Re: my book is not selling
Posted: Nov 2, 2017 1:06 PM   in response to: Salamander Mall... in response to: Salamander Mall...
 
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thanks
Mrs Julia Evans

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Re: my book is not selling
Posted: Nov 2, 2017 1:20 PM   in response to: susamma verghese in response to: susamma verghese
 
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Yes it has, and it's not quite as manic as it was previously, but it's still an irrational rant.

This is supposed to be your product page, telling the reader what your book is about. Instead you're treating it like a blog, or worse, a soapbox from which to lecture people.

Get rid of it completely and start again by asking potential readers if they have ever suffered with or been victims of stalking, bullying or harassment. Tell them that if they have, your book will help them understand what has happened to them and give them the tools to deal with it going forward, in both practical and emotional ways.

That's it. That's all you need.

Everything else is self-indulgent claptrap.

Sorry, but you need to start listening to some of the advice that's been offered. You're paying lip-service to it, but only so far as it suits you.

If you truly want to help other victims, then you're not going to achieve that by being stubborn, because if you keep scaring everyone away, nobody will ever buy your book.

Just my final thoughts. J
robert d dorazi

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Re: my book is not selling
Posted: Nov 3, 2017 4:05 AM   in response to: susamma verghese in response to: susamma verghese
 
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Hi Susamma

Since you are not a famous writer in USA, you won't sell an ebook at $9.9, and of course you won't sell a paperback at $45. You can write the best possible blurb, the price will keep away every potential buyer. I know there is a debate to know if low prices sell better or not, but at your prices the debate becomes irrelevant. There is absolutely no justification for selling a pdf file at $9.9 (except of course notoriety... :) )

Robert Dorazi

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074VDLCS4
susamma verghese

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Re: my book is not selling
Posted: Nov 6, 2017 1:20 PM   in response to: Mrs Julia Evans in response to: Mrs Julia Evans
 
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Dear Julia, Salamandar, Donna and Booknookbiz,

thanks to all of you for sparing your precious time for my book. I will surely incorporate your advices.
As far as harassment goes, it is a very wide, complicated and unknown topic. One man may not understand another. That is exactly why I have written this book because most people do not understand it.
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Susamma
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