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Vandana

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Question: What do I need to do to get it noticed? How to make it better?
Posted: Nov 19, 2017 8:09 AM
 
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Dear Experts,

Hi! I would like to introduce my book, "Terror Strikes The HoCleS." It's a dystopian satirical fiction novel.
I have three free chapters on the look inside. I wanted to enter the pentopublish2017 contest, but I missed
one variable, and didn't sign up for KDP select, until nine days later. Ooops!
Now that I am signed up for it, I put in a promo but it wasn't allowed until december 20th. So the promotion is on for
dec 20-27, 2017. I am working on getting the jpeg images centered by then, since kindle create doesn't do it.
Kindly help with advice on what I can do to get my message on terrorism and what we can do about it, across to
people. I am on wordpress, have recently started instagram, re-opened pinterest, and plan to make facebook
public if things pick up. Thanking you.

Happy Holiday season to you all!
Sincerely,
Vandana.

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Notjohn

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Re: Question: What do I need to do to get it noticed? How to make it better?
Posted: Nov 19, 2017 8:31 AM   in response to: Vandana in response to: Vandana
 
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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

Mrs Julia Evans

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Re: Question: What do I need to do to get it noticed? How to make it better?
Posted: Nov 19, 2017 8:49 AM   in response to: Vandana in response to: Vandana
 
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Vandana,

Congrats on the new book, btw.

Ok, firstly, I'm not claiming to be an expert on anything... and I'm not going to comment on your cover and blurb, as others will no doubt offer an opinion, but can you tell me the point of having the images in your book at all? I had a look and they just didn't add anything to the story. FWIW the drawings were pretty childish. All they will add is cost to your publishing, if the book is available in paperback.

And, if I might make an observation... is calling your character Professor Chutney meant to be funny? I mean, it is funny, because I can't keep a straight face and take that character seriously, but I'm not sure you meant that to be my reaction.

If you have a month before you can do your promotion, can I respectfully suggest that you use your time doing some serious editing. Unless 'dystopian' is another word for 'confusing', there were a lot of sentences which made no sense to me.

But then again, I don't generally read 'satirical dystopian' books... so what do I know?

Just my thoughts. J
Cynthia E. Hurst

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Re: Question: What do I need to do to get it noticed? How to make it better?
Posted: Nov 20, 2017 10:19 AM   in response to: Vandana in response to: Vandana
 
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Sorry, but I can make no sense at all out of your blurb, save that the story takes place sometime far in the future. You then repeat the blurb as your prologue. Why?
After that, the flipping between past and present tenses and the misused words (for example, trees do not, in my experience, speculate) discouraged me from going any further than the first two pages. Character names like Chutney didn't help, unless you're not intending for them to be taken seriously.
It may hold more appeal for readers of dystopian fiction, but first, it needs a very thorough edit.
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