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aahadkhan

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New title "When the rain said Good-Bye" by Abdul Ahad Khan
Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:36 AM
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Dear Everyone:

Please write review about my book and encourage me :) I hope you like my stories

thanks

Best Regards
Abdul Ahad Khan

http://www.amazon.com/When-rain-said-Good-Bye-ebook/dp/B00B7RYANS/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1359540293&sr=8-2&keywords=when+the+rain+said
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Re: New title "When the rain said Good-Bye" by Abdul Ahad Khan
Posted: Feb 7, 2013 12:40 AM   in response to: aahadkhan in response to: aahadkhan
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Its free for 5 upcoming days :)
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Re: New title "When the rain said Good-Bye" by Abdul Ahad Khan
Posted: Feb 7, 2013 1:16 AM   in response to: aahadkhan in response to: aahadkhan
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Hello,

Congratulation on your new ebook.

There are several things missing from your book.

In the "inside the book" you are missing very important text that will make your book easier to find when someone is searching for your book.

You need to type the full title and author in text at the beginning of the ebook.

You need to type in your copyright statement with your full name after the title of the book.

Right now you only have an image of the book cover. Any search engine CANNOT catalog an image such as your book cover. You NEED to type the full book title and full author name in plain actual text. Searching for your title or cover will then bring up your book listing.

Your book description (blurb) starts right in the story. What is completely missing is: text that describes what the book is about. For example: This is a office romance novel that takes places in Brooklyn, New York. The main characters are in their twenties and find true love after several false starts.

The description does not have to be exactly what I wrote above. You need to give the who, what, where and why about the story in a paragraph or two at the very most.
Think a quick summary of the story that screams "You will be fascinated and entranced by this story. Buy me now!" Right now you have jumped right into the store without ANY reference for the reader to what, where, who, and why the story is being read.

One of our awesome and successful resident forum members has an excellent guide to writing your book description/blurb:

http://www.amazon.com/Blurb-O-Matic-How-Write-Sell-ebook/dp/B00AW4G2L0

This guide will help you write successful book description to sell your ebook.

Kindly,

Grant
Owner of Grants Art Publishing. Specializing in Kindle EBooks.
Bandon, Oregon
aahadkhan

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Re: New title "When the rain said Good-Bye" by Abdul Ahad Khan
Posted: Feb 8, 2013 8:09 PM   in response to: aahadkhan in response to: aahadkhan
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Dear Grant,

Thank you so much for the generous advice. I will sure these errors are removed now. But I am not sure i can edit after the publishing is done.

I will also read the book you mentioned.

I hope you will go through my book and provide me with review about my writing...:)

Waiting

Thanks
Grant Prescott

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Re: New title "When the rain said Good-Bye" by Abdul Ahad Khan
Posted: Feb 8, 2013 8:33 PM   in response to: aahadkhan in response to: aahadkhan
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Hello,

You are most welcome. Thank you for your reply.

Yes, you can and should make the your corrections. Then upload the corrected version to Kindle. You ALWAYS want your best version of your work in the Kindle Store.

Here is the Kindle Help webpages:

https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/help/refresh

Here are the exact steps you should take after you have corrected your work and made a new formatted copy.

https://kdp.amazon.com/self-publishing/help?topicId=A22PYSU3IVQYUQ

It might take up to a couple of days for the corrected copy to replace the former copy in the Kindle Store.

Good luck with your endeavors.

Kindly,

Grant
Owner of Grants Art Publishing. Specializing in Kindle EBooks.
Bandon, Oregon
aahadkhan

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Re: New title "When the rain said Good-Bye" by Abdul Ahad Khan
Posted: Feb 8, 2013 11:01 PM   in response to: aahadkhan in response to: aahadkhan
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Dear Grant,

thank you so much for your support. I will see to this as soon as possible. :)

Thanks

take care
JPWalter

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Re: New title "When the rain said Good-Bye" by Abdul Ahad Khan
Posted: Feb 9, 2013 2:40 AM   in response to: aahadkhan in response to: aahadkhan
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I'll try to be kind Abdul, I found it difficult to read your posts, trying to make it all the way through a book written in such a manner is unlikely to be a pleasant experience. While I admire the effort and understand that it's unlikely English is your first language, remember selling a book is a business and your readers aren't there to help you with your hobby. I'm no good at making Pasta so the last thing I'd consider doing is open up an Italian restaurant while I learn how to whip up a Carbonara.
While I doubt this is what you were hoping to hear I'm afraid it is valuable advice all the same.
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Re: New title "When the rain said Good-Bye" by Abdul Ahad Khan
Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:00 AM   in response to: Grant Prescott in response to: Grant Prescott
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In the "inside the book" you are missing very important text that will make your book easier to find when someone is searching for your book.

You need to type the full title and author in text at the beginning of the ebook.


i'm intrigued by these statements. is there evidence that amazon's search algorithm scans inside the book file itself to match authors/titles rather than just matching the associated metadata? it would seem to be a very strange thing to do. after all, many trad-published ebooks use stylised/branded graphical titles/author names instead of textual title pages. every book i've ever compiled for clients has had a graphical title page and is searched and indexed perfectly on amazon.

i'm not saying you're wrong, it just strikes me as odd and i'd be interested to know where you got this information. :)

(obviously i'm not disputing the importance of having the title and author name separately from the cover, just why it is important to have it as text.)
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Re: New title "When the rain said Good-Bye" by Abdul Ahad Khan
Posted: Feb 9, 2013 8:33 AM   in response to: projecthobo in response to: projecthobo
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Hello,

Thank you for your comment.

Back in the day about fifteen to sixteen years ago I was paid very well for Search Engine Optimization work on websites. That is where my experience comes from.

So in a nutshell here is the explanation: in this specific example the author's inside of the book has a graphic image of the cover and then immediately starts with the story.

The book description is also immediately starts with the story.

There is no information to the reader about what the story is about. It just jumps right into the story. There is no information "about" the story anywhere.

The image in the graphic has no meaning or value in a search engine searching for text. There is no text in a graphic image. There is nothing that a text search engine can find in a photo. In other words, a cover photo is like a fax page. A fax is a picture of text and not actual text. There is zero text there. Whereas a word or text document has actual text that is searchable. We use optical character recognition software (OCR) to convert the fax photo to an actual text document.

Perhaps you might remember seeing websites built from pictures of photos and text. These were images of text pages and not actual pages of text. Google searches of the pictures of photos and text would return blank and zero content from crawling through those websites.

I assume that in your given example you had the book title and author name in the inside of the book as text after the cover image. You likely had the copyright information in text also.

If an Amazon customer were searching for this author's exact name and book title then the book title and author name on the book's sale page might suffice. The cover photo itself has zero text information.

Most book search are much more likely to be something like: mystery story collection, zombie lawyers, Oregon rain forest poetry and so forth.

This issue came up in another thread recently that I cannot find at the moment and the author could not find their ebook by searching by genre. The book was about adoption but the title was about a rape. The book was not findable when searching for adoption. The author made no mention whatsoever about adoption in the book title, book description, book cover or inside the book.

I has been my experience that the Amazon Search engine does index text inside the book section.

Thank you for the interesting question. I think we agree that the given text is searchable by the Amazon/Google search engines. I am saying that images such as covers contain zero text information for the text crawling search engines.

Good luck to you.

Kindly,

Grant
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Re: New title "When the rain said Good-Bye" by Abdul Ahad Khan
Posted: Feb 9, 2013 5:20 PM   in response to: projecthobo in response to: projecthobo
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does anyone have any thoughts on the post above? i'm still intrigued by it...
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Re: New title "When the rain said Good-Bye" by Abdul Ahad Khan
Posted: Feb 9, 2013 7:37 PM   in response to: projecthobo in response to: projecthobo
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Hello projecthobo,

I wrote a very long reply to you yesterday. However it has not yet appeared in the thread. I am sorry for the Amazon delay.

Kindly,

Grant
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Re: New title "When the rain said Good-Bye" by Abdul Ahad Khan
Posted: Feb 10, 2013 12:00 AM   in response to: projecthobo in response to: projecthobo
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Hello projecthobo,

I had written you a long reply yesterday however it has not appeared.

Really short answer. Graphic images contain zero textual content. However you design a book or website, there is zero textual content in an image.

An example would be a fax message you receive over a fax. To you it looks like a typed message when if fact it is a PICTURE of a typed message.
Software called optical character recognition (OCR) can scan a fax image, recognize the shapes and convert them into a text document. Without the OCR software a fax is only a picture of a text document.

Search engines rely on actual text to index a webpage or document. Amazon search engine uses the LITB, the title and the book description to match up with a store search query. In the example in this thread, the LITB and the book description just jump right into the story. There is zero information on the genre, the author's name, or the book title in this example. There is no textual information in the graphic of the book cover.

Several people have commented in the KDP forum that "tags" no longer seem to be available. This is why is is so important to write information in the book description and in the LITB section. An example would be: "This is an adult action thriller set in Central Oregon. Chicken ranchers fight the sheep ranchers for territory, money and water rights. Then the National Security Agency and the CIA get pulled into the conflict. Can a chicken rancher marry the sheep rancher's daughter that he secretly loves?" Now searches in the Kindle Store will have something to show for a store query.

Kindly,

Grant
Owner of Grants Art Publishing. Specializing in Kindle EBooks.
Bandon, Oregon
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Re: New title "When the rain said Good-Bye" by Abdul Ahad Khan
Posted: Feb 10, 2013 12:23 AM   in response to: aahadkhan in response to: aahadkhan
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Hi I like the cover its great, not too pleased with the review that you received. Its ok i am also a foreign writer and i get the same reviews but don't let it put you off keep it up you will improve as you go along.

sehem ghalik.
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Posted: Feb 10, 2013 12:33 AM   in response to: projecthobo in response to: projecthobo
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Hey I love cooking pasta, i could cook and you can write the menu ?

It's hard for the foreign writers but I guess they( we) need to start somewhere.

And yes we do get a load of bad comments, but i write in our own newspaper( political issues) and boy you should see some of the comments i get from there.

But it does make the newspaper more entertaining. So I am used to remark even the bad ones.

Abdul get an English writer to proof your book it will help you a lot.
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Re: New title "When the rain said Good-Bye" by Abdul Ahad Khan
Posted: Feb 10, 2013 11:24 AM   in response to: Grant Prescott in response to: Grant Prescott
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hello grant,
thanks for the reply. i understand completely about the importance of textual content for efficient search, and i know how search engines work.

but to me it just seems wrong-headed for amazon to search in the LITB for information on the book when it is all uploaded as metadata with every single KDP publication. what use would it be? if amazon is searching against the title, all the search needs to do is scan the title fields of the metadata. if the search is for an author, search the author field. the blurb/product description/genre is also part of the metadata... so my question is, what is to be gained by searching within the book, where the data is not in a standardised, search friendly format, nor is it tagged in fields (author, title etc) ?

that is why i asked whether your claim has any evidence underpinning it, or is just supposition on your part, as it sounds like a massively inefficient and pointless approach for a tech-savvy company to take. indeed, your description of amazon search seems to suggest they require metadata from every author for every book, but then don't actually use it for its most useful purpose. the title, the author and the description are on the book page, and they are generated from the associated metadata, so why search inside the book?

i'm not trying to start an argument, i would just like to know what you base this claim on, as it seems bizarre to me! :)
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