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rachsh

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My kid's picture book - what am I doing wrong?
Posted: Jun 22, 2012 10:53 AM
 
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Don't know what to do. I have 4 picture books available on Kindle, and have not sold a copy since I can't remember.

My latest kindle book is an omnibus edition of 2 illustrated stories combined in one. I was proud of how it looks, and think it stands up with the rest. It is 70 pages long, full of pictures and is competitively priced.

The illustrations are oil paintings i have competed. I keep racking my brains. Have i made a mistake in making the text part of the image and cannot be speech-enabled? Is my book invisible? Are my tags no good? Is it that my books(s) have had no reviews?

I know that kids' picture books are hard to crack, but I've taken a look at the others, which seem to be selling ok and wondering what I'm missing. Would like some feedback. You can find the link below. Some honesty and insight would be useful. Thanks in advance.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007YWD0DQ

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tunskit

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Re: My kid's picture book - what am I doing wrong?
Posted: Jun 22, 2012 1:38 PM   in response to: rachsh in response to: rachsh
 
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I have a six-year-old, and while he likes the concept of reading on my Kindle, he doesn't actually like reading picture books on it. I do have a black & white, so maybe he'd like it better if I had a Fire.

When I downloaded a sample, it didn't include any of the story. The last page of the sample is the paintings from the second story in the collection. Perhaps you could shift or remove some of your opening page contents so that there is an actual story sample in the download? One of my publishers (Ellora's Cave) is shifting all the copyright notices, dedications, etc. to the back of the book, so readers can get right to the story). I know I wouldn't buy a book without being able to judge the writing/author ability for my interest level. I wouldn't buy a book for my son either without a small sample of it. If you do adjust the opening sequence, please post so I can download a new sample to see if he would be interested.

Also, the price might be an issue, since it's such a short book. I can only imagine how much work the oil paintings were (beautiful, btw), so it might not be worth it to you to drop the price. You could try selling it for around $1 for a while, to see if sales pick up. I know it's comparable to, or cheaper than, most picture books at its current price, but perhaps people are looking for a lower price, since it's on Kindle? Not sure.

Perhaps children's books for that age group are just a tough sell anyway, since most of the kids under eight wouldn't have their own Kindle, and the parents might not share theirs. I occasionally read with my child on my Kindle, but he isn't allowed to read it by himself (and he's reading at a kindergarten/first-grade level appropriate to his age).

Good luck!
rachsh

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Re: My kid's picture book - what am I doing wrong?
Posted: Jun 23, 2012 12:54 AM   in response to: tunskit in response to: tunskit
 
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Hi Tunskit, Thanks for you comments.

I agree I would rather see a sample of the story before downloading. The copyright details are just a line or so long and has been made part of the contents page and the sample images. Desptie my book being 76 pages long, Amazon only shows about 3 pages.

I have also put my prices extra low. My other kid's books are 99c each (one of them has yet to be price-matched). Maybe I could provide a link to my blog that shows pages within the book that cannot be viewed on the look inside feature.

And yes, it seems young kids are an extra tough to sell to.

Will keep posted.
memememeee

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Re: My kid's picture book - what am I doing wrong?
Posted: Jun 24, 2012 12:06 PM   in response to: rachsh in response to: rachsh
 
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I agree with the previous poster. Your paintings look fantastic, but I think it would help to have some of the text visible in the preview. If I were reading this to my child, I'd want to have some idea of how the story goes and what the writing's like, etc. My kids are all too old for your book now, but your book is so beautiful, I'd probably have wanted to own it in hardcover, not on kindle. Have you tried the free promotion deal? It drew a lot of attention to my book and got it some great reviews. Since that, sales have steadily increased. If you price it at 99 cents (and I know it hurts), it will be free to Prime members, but you'll still get your royalties and they add up. Plus, of course, it gets your book out there. You can always raise the price later. Good luck. Stunning work. n
naughtybutnice

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Re: My kid's picture book - what am I doing wrong?
Posted: Jun 24, 2012 2:30 PM   in response to: rachsh in response to: rachsh
 
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Hi Rachsh

I hate to state the obvious, but I noticed the spelling "colour" in your blurb and I assume the book's written in British English.

As a British mum, I wouldn't buy an American English book for my four year old, and I guess the same works in reverse. My pre-teen and teen are old enough to understand the difference, but I wouldn't do it to a child learning to read.

Have you considered creating an American English version for the dotcom site? Or if all the spellings actually inside the book are universal, maybe you need to point that out in the blurb? I think that might be what's putting people off.
rachsh

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Re: My kid's picture book - what am I doing wrong?
Posted: Jun 25, 2012 1:45 PM   in response to: memememeee in response to: memememeee
 
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Mememmee, some food for thought. I have since added the beginning of the story to my Amazon blurb, as it will show up on the look inside. I have also placed a link to my blog which informs more on the book and the images. My book was priced at 99c (but I still got hte 70% royalties) because I had price matched it elsewhere. Sadly, now I have reuploaded my book, it is showing as the original price. I will think about putting it onto KDP. I have done KDP before on another book and found it has major drawbacks, but drawbacks is better than no sales. Incidentally, my kid's books are also available on Createspace.

And @ the following post, I hadn't even thought about US and UK spelling. Gosh, it makes me wonder if I should consider publishing another edition of my book. I know spelling is very important to young kids.

Thanks for your contributions.
bookdrawer

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Re: My kid's picture book - what am I doing wrong?
Posted: Jun 25, 2012 5:06 PM   in response to: rachsh in response to: rachsh
 
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Your book looks very nice to me also. I do have one suggestion and that is to tag your book on your book's actual Amazon page. I have seen so many authors that do not do this and I believe it does help when searching for a book.

Scroll down on the book page and under tag's you will notice that I added one tag to the book as "Children's books" and I have also liked the book page. Good luck with everything!!
rachsh

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Posted: Jun 26, 2012 12:01 PM   in response to: bookdrawer in response to: bookdrawer
 
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Thanks Bookdrawer, that's kind of you!
sensian

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Re: My kid's picture book - what am I doing wrong?
Posted: Jul 1, 2012 10:53 AM   in response to: rachsh in response to: rachsh
 
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Just read this post and found some really good tips for my children's bedtime stories. Thanks everyone
totoronco

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Re: My kid's picture book - what am I doing wrong?
Posted: Jul 1, 2012 10:00 PM   in response to: rachsh in response to: rachsh
 
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-In the product description, there are two grammatical mistakes, maybe three (depending on how fastidious the reader is). This might put me off.

-I think you should write the description in the same type of language you used in the books. Or you could even take the opportunity to give us a bit of the story here, since, as people have said, that's really what one wants to see in the preview.

-I really appreciate how much effort you have put into the paintings and what it means to you. They are lovely and I'm sure everyone will agree with that but readers just want to get lost in the story you tell, and the story they see in the pictures. I think you should just call them illustrations. Pictures is another word for it. Because the book has to be about the reader~ Or if you think that it's a selling point, then keep trying with 'paintings'.

-As you know, images look different at different sizes, and on the cover I see in the preview Katie's face isn't so clear to me, presumably because there are four images together at a smaller size than normal? (I have no idea what the normal size is :) ) The best one is the bottom left image. Maybe there's something you can do to tone that up a bit in the cover file. I just think this would make me engage a bit more.

-The pictures are definitely nice; give us more of the story.

-Have a look through at the writing. Important!!

Anyway that's enough complaining from me~

Good luck, I have been impressed so far!

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grandmaster105

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Re: My kid's picture book - what am I doing wrong?
Posted: Jul 3, 2012 2:12 PM   in response to: totoronco in response to: totoronco
 
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perhaps the books are too cheap that is putting people off?

the assumption might be it's so cheap therefore it cannot be any good.
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