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suneet kumar si...

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E BOOK NOT SELLING.
Posted: Jan 2, 2018 4:59 AM
 
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DEAR All,
My E book "Beyond 21st century" is not selling .Kindly suggest ways which can help in selling this E book.

Regards,
Suneet Kumar Sinha
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Re: E BOOK NOT SELLING.
Posted: Jan 2, 2018 6:01 AM   in response to: suneet kumar si... in response to: suneet kumar si...
 
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suneet kumar sinha wrote:
DEAR All,
My E book "Beyond 21st century" is not selling .Kindly suggest ways which can help in selling this E book.
Regards,
Suneet Kumar Sinha

Suneet,

I'm happy to make suggestions, based on my assessment of your book, although I doubt you'll consider me 'kind'. I'll be honest. The two don't always sit well together.

Firstly, your book is two years old. Why has it taken so long for you to ask why nobody wants to buy it?

Ok, here goes... it's not going to be pretty!

• The one and only thing I liked about your book was the cover picture. The 'Let's Welcome The Next Century' needs to come off, as it spoils it, and while you're at it, the title should read 'Beyond the 21st Century'.
• Your blurb is nonsense, talking to customers instead of describing the story.
• Your book is very poorly edited and formatted, and the translation to English is appalling.
• Your grammar is poor, especially your random use of capital letters.
• You have your passport/driver's license photo in your look inside. Why?
• You say Dear Reader, followed by your disclaimer, your dedication, and then a statement that you'll put more effort into your next book. Why would you do that?
• Your title suggests Sci-fi or something 'futuristic', but the LI refers to incidents from the last twenty years. That doesn't make sense.
• Your 'story' is rambling nonsense, containing;
o random statements about females you know,
o technical info about your car,
o traffic information,
o mobile phones,
o a terrorist attack in Delhi, and
o your thoughts on the attack on the twin towers.

If there is a story in there somewhere, I would be amazed, particularly as the 'book' is only 19 pages long. Nothing in the LI has anything to do with the title.

My suggestion, FWIW, is to abandon this book altogether. It's completely dead in the water, which I'm sure you know.

You've had two years to move on to another project. If you stop clinging to this one like a life-vest that is, quite frankly, unlikely to keep you afloat, you might free your mind to write that next masterpiece.

Or not. Your choice.

Sorry if you find my assessment harsh. But you did ask.

Best wishes. J
C. Gold

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Re: E BOOK NOT SELLING.
Posted: Jan 2, 2018 6:01 AM   in response to: suneet kumar si... in response to: suneet kumar si...
 
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Dear reader, in this book, you will find the situation of period beyond 21st century. Incident and events mentioned are according to situation in next century which is obviously the outcome of our current action. My dear reader the days will come, when neither I nor you will be available but our future generations will definitely avail all the above mentioned facilities and who knows we will get rebirth to avail the facilities we are expecting in future. We have only one life to live, so keep on doing something which may or may not improve our life, but future generations will remember us for giving them a better world to live.

You will find the situation of period beyond 21st century -- what does that even mean?
Incident (needs an 's' to make it plural to match events)
and events mentioned are according to situation in next century -- again what does this mean?
which is obviously the outcome of our current action -- what does this mean?
You say 'avail the facilities' but what does that mean? Plus it's repetitive and used twice in a single sentence.

See a theme here? I have no clue what your blurb is trying to say or what the book is about. Nor, do I want to with the bad grammar and English present.

Your title also needs a 'the' to make it read 'Beyond the 21st Century'. Not having the 'the' is a glaring warning sign that this is written by a non-native English speaker. The blurb sealed the deal. Nobody who is a native English speaker will buy this book. All caps in the title is another bad sign.

Your cover looked good for a non-fiction book about what's coming in the future. But then you are writing it as a fictional futuristic story? So that's a huge problem -- the cover doesn't match the story's genre. The title makes the book sound like it will be non-fiction as well. So the inside is a complete surprise based on your blurb, cover, and title. So even if someone might possibly be interested in the book from what they initially see, the Look Inside might kill that urge because it's unexpected.

I glanced at your Look Inside and your first paragraph of your first chapter is riddled with so many grammar mistakes that it's the final death blow to sales to English speaking readers. It's 'shining' not 'shinning' btw.

Suddenly I receive a call on my mobile phone which resembles the wrist watch & tied on my wrist. Now-a-days Mobile phones are very small in size, thanks to China for this new invention. It is generally tied on wrist.

That last sentence illustrates a problem with your writing in general - you tend to repeat yourself. You already said it resembled a wrist watch so we don't need to know it is 'generally tied on wrist'. And once again you are missing articles like 'the' which a native English speaker expects. Also, you don't use & in writing.

Sorry, but you'll have to hire someone to clean up your text before it has a chance of selling in English markets. Although, I'd also suggest that your intro seems pretty mundane and likely to not capture a reader's interest even if the grammar was spotless. It's all tell and not show. Where is this person's emotions? What are they feeling? People are not robot observers, they have thoughts and body language.

Finally, your book is 19 pages. Short stories don't sell much even if they are well written. You need to get this in an anthology/collection or expand it into a decent length book (assuming you get it edited for an English audience.)
Salamander Mall...

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Re: E BOOK NOT SELLING.
Posted: Jan 2, 2018 6:15 AM   in response to: suneet kumar si... in response to: suneet kumar si...
 
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Even had you written your "book" in English, I don't see a market for it -- a poorly formatted info dump masquerading as a story.
suneet kumar si...

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Posted: Jan 13, 2018 6:11 AM   in response to: C. Gold in response to: C. Gold
 
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I shall ever be grateful for the response or comment about my book. I realise that Mr J has responded very well. I am busy in my next project. Thanks a lot.
Regards
Suneet
John

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Re: E BOOK NOT SELLING.
Posted: Jan 13, 2018 9:42 AM   in response to: suneet kumar si... in response to: suneet kumar si...
 
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You should seriously consider turning this into a script, I would suggest taking up screenwriting it's easier than writing fiction or books in general and you're limited to under 100 pages. But the caveat here is you'll never be able to sell it as screenwriters are never given their due, they are a dime a dozen million, and if you did get the chance to have it looked at or optioned it would never get produced unless you finance it yourself.

Or hire a ghost writer.
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Posted: Jan 13, 2018 8:24 PM   in response to: suneet kumar si... in response to: suneet kumar si...
 
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Thanks to all of them who has given their comment as I really feel that they are honest.
Regards,
Suneet
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Posted: Jan 13, 2018 8:24 PM   in response to: suneet kumar si... in response to: suneet kumar si...
 
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Thanks to all of them who has given their comment as I really feel that they are honest.
Regards,
Suneet
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Posted: Jan 13, 2018 8:24 PM   in response to: suneet kumar si... in response to: suneet kumar si...
 
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Thanks to all of them who has given their comment as I really feel that they are honest.
Regards,
Suneet
C. Gold

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Re: E BOOK NOT SELLING.
Posted: Jan 13, 2018 10:28 PM   in response to: John in response to: John
 
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A friend of mine said that Hulu and Netflix (and I know Zon too) accept scripts. While it's certainly going to be harder to get a script sold than a book, it's not impossible.
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