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Theresa Conti

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Pre-Sale & Reporting Question
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A friend suggested I make my e-book available for pre-sale, and offer a free webinar to people who pre-order it. My question is: How will I know who has purchased the book in the pre-order period? And how do I ask for reviews?

Thanks in advance for your replies!
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Posted: Dec 9, 2017 5:14 AM   in response to: Theresa Conti in response to: Theresa Conti
 
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Theresa Conti wrote:
A friend suggested I make my e-book available for pre-sale, and offer a free webinar to people who pre-order it. My question is: How will I know who has purchased the book in the pre-order period? And how do I ask for reviews?

Thanks in advance for your replies!

You won't get that information from Ama*zon. You have to get them to sign up on your website (for example) or some other place where you can get their e-mail address. Make sure it's an opt-in process.

Also, read through the forums on the pitfalls of preorders.
Salamander Mall...

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Posted: Dec 9, 2017 6:49 AM   in response to: Theresa Conti in response to: Theresa Conti
 
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Theresa Conti wrote:
A friend suggested I make my e-book available for pre-sale, and offer a free webinar to people who pre-order it. My question is: How will I know who has purchased the book in the pre-order period? And how do I ask for reviews?

Thanks in advance for your replies!


Where to begin? Probably, don't listen to friends who don't know anything. You will never know who ordered your book, before or after the fact -- Amazon does not share. As far as reviews, you could place a polite request in the back of your book, but it's a wasted effort -- most readers won't see it because KDP will take them out of the book when the text ends, and those few who do see it will ignore it. Less than 1% of readers post reviews, and, most of the time, the "review" is so insipid or inane that you wish they hadn't bothered. Besides , reviews don't sell books. Setting up a pre-order is rife with pitfalls for amateurs, so familiarize yourself with the rules before you run afoul of them -- there are consequences. Once you set the date, be sure to make the best use if your extensive mailing list. Good luck.
Ralph E Vaughan

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Posted: Dec 9, 2017 7:31 AM   in response to: Salamander Mall... in response to: Salamander Mall...
 
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Salamander Mallory wrote:
Theresa Conti wrote:
A friend suggested I make my e-book available for pre-sale, and offer a free webinar to people who pre-order it. My question is: How will I know who has purchased the book in the pre-order period? And how do I ask for reviews?

Thanks in advance for your replies!

Where to begin? Probably, don't listen to friends who don't know anything. You will never know who ordered your book, before or after the fact -- Amazon does not share. As far as reviews, you could place a polite request in the back of your book, but it's a wasted effort -- most readers won't see it because KDP will take them out of the book when the text ends, and those few who do see it will ignore it. Less than 1% of readers post reviews, and, most of the time, the "review" is so insipid or inane that you wish they hadn't bothered. Besides , reviews don't sell books. Setting up a pre-order is rife with pitfalls for amateurs, so familiarize yourself with the rules before you run afoul of them -- there are consequences. Once you set the date, be sure to make the best use if your extensive mailing list. Good luck.


If a pre-order is set up far enough in advance of the publication date, Amazon followers receive two notices, one for the pre-order, another when the book is actually published.

@OP: When readers reach the end of your text KDP automatically takes them to a rating and review page. Unfortunately, or fortunately (the Salamander is correct about review quality), they usually leave without either rating or reviewing.

Good luck with your book.
Theresa Conti

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Posted: Dec 9, 2017 11:31 AM   in response to: Theresa Conti in response to: Theresa Conti
 
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Thanks so much for your responses. Based on your feedback, I will do some research on pre-orders, but will likely go directly to publishing.

Thanks again!
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