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andresanthomas

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Re: Learned the hard way...
Posted: Jul 1, 2012 10:53 AM   in response to: suzydubot in response to: suzydubot
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You keep saying you're not interested in the money. Why are you posting your books on Amazon then? Put them on a website or blog or somewhere.

Amazon is about the business of selling a product that happens to be your book. If you're not serious about doing that, there are lots of easier ways to get a lot more positive feedback on what you've produced.
suzydubot

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Re: Learned the hard way...
Posted: Jul 1, 2012 11:14 AM   in response to: andresanthomas in response to: andresanthomas
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Are you saying that I can get more exposure and positive feedback for my books on a blog or some such, rather than Amazon? I would like to know where.

You have only to read threads on here that often ask how to get more exposure and publicity.
I can assure you that there are a lot of people out there waiting to hear where all that exposure can be had.
However, remember, none of my work is going to be free from now on.

Amazon gives me international exposure. I do sell books, which have just allowed me to buy a new computer. I'm not complaining about the money. I just say it is not my priority.
:)
villagoise

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Re: Learned the hard way...
Posted: Jul 1, 2012 12:18 PM   in response to: suzydubot in response to: suzydubot
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To get back to the original post, I refer to the second post on this thread.

If people have so little respect for their work that they give it away, those of us who feel the hours we've put in to make our product worth something are possibly being sidelined.

But are we? Will the discerning reader go for something simply because it's free, or will they look for something of quality because what they want is a decent read?

It seems we have no control over what people decide to download, but we all have control over how polished the product is that we are trying to sell.

To be honest, I doubt if the average reader would necessarily notice an occasional misplaced full stop. But I too have picked up on oddities in traditionally published books and have wondered if the editor responsible for noticing errors was on holiday at the time.
bethqbrown

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Re: Learned the hard way...
Posted: Jul 18, 2012 3:34 AM   in response to: suzydubot in response to: suzydubot
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Yes.. as authors, we owe it to readers to be grammetically correct...commas can be style, sure, but a period ourside a quotation is noticeable. That's basic stuff and if you're publishing a book the reader expects you know that! Also, only the proficient writer gets poetic license when it comes to comma usage. And, while I"m at it, errors like a missing letter are more innocuous. Sorry for typos on phone! GL
collettte

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Re: Learned the hard way...
Posted: Jul 18, 2012 9:07 AM   in response to: suzydubot in response to: suzydubot
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I've decided not to give freebies away either. I did a "freebie" promo this year in the KDP select and from that moment on all hell broke loose. My account is blocked based on one small ebook of recipes...which I thought I had resolved with Amazon...and now waiting word from them on what they're going to do with me. An awful state to be in considering I did not think I did anything wrong that would put me in this humiliating state. Until the matter is resolved will promo more on the other publisher's site, where I actually do better. It just seems everything went sour once I enrolled in the program.

Collette Thomas
vlgallas

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Re: Learned the hard way...
Posted: Jul 18, 2012 10:41 PM   in response to: collettte in response to: collettte
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@Collette

Are you the Collette Thomas that writes erotica? I ask only because I searched by name on Amazon and that is all I see - erotica - and your KDP published books are still for sale. I do not see a recipe book so perhaps only that one was removed.

Are you sure about the situation with your blocked account?
ablake29

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Re: Learned the hard way...
Posted: Jul 18, 2012 11:34 PM   in response to: suzydubot in response to: suzydubot
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Good decision, Suzy. When over 1500 of my book was downloaded on the first free promotion day I dreamed of how much money I would make (money definitely matters to me). Nothing much happened. So I tried again.Lots of downloads, very few buys. 1 review.
No more giveaways.
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