I have my own website, myspace, twitter, facebook etc... but according to my sales report I've only sold 1 copy of my short story and 1 copy of my novel. This doesn't sound very good for over a week. How can people make a living doing this? Are the sale reports wrong? I have an eye catching cover and a subject aimed at teenagers / twenty-somethings. It's only on there for £3.50
I just checked the position and it says 7,000+ in books on Kindle - could this be false? I read there was 500, 000 books on Kindle. If I've sold a few why do I have no sale records (eg one book sold)
Do you guys find that your books sell well on kindle or not? How does Amanda Hockney do it? She sells 100,000 copies a month apparently. Is my book too expensive?
Also - is it possible to add your book for the nook too and / or the I-pad?
How easy is create a space to use and does anyone know if the books are available in the UK or just the US?
Have you tried advertising on Facebook? You have complete control.
-You can set your daily maximum spending (even something really low like $5 a day)
-You can choose to be charged by the number of impressions (say 75 cents for 1000 impressions) or actual clicks onyour advertisement
-You can specify who gets to see your advertisement (for instance, if you're looking to target Twilight fans, you can actually limit the advertising to the people who have 'liked' Twilight.
If you really target your reading base maybe you'll get some extra traffic without spending too much money on a daily basis. Spring break for a lot of people is next week. It's a good time to advertise.
If you're interested, check it out here: www.facebook.com/ads
Also...have you tried offering a free copy of your novel to book bloggers? They read, blog their opinion and link it for you.
I think Amanda Hocking may have big business behind her to mass promote her books to be honest, I am one of those people who just does not believe someone can get so big just by posting her books on Amazon, call me a cynic I dont care, but seriously, I believe she has a big publisher behind her and obviously her books will come out in print and I guess she will sell millions just from the hype, thats just my thoughts on her
Your book will not get a sales rank until you've sold at least 1 copy. Now that you have, you see that you're currently around 7000 (and probably tied with a lot of people). There may be 500,000 titles available to buy but a ton of them aren't ranked because they haven't made a sale yet.
As for figuring out the ranking system, good luck. There are threads dedicated to this subject and no one knows. It could be that your rank is based on the subject matter, how many books you sell, how often your book sells, etc. You'll drive yourself nuts trying to figure it out.
Thanks for the help - it just seems to me that if you can get to 7,000 pluswith only one sale Kindle can't be that big. Book Locker told me a while ago that Kindle isn't doing as well as Amazon says it is. I hope this isn't the case. I know what you mean when you say it's hard to work the ranking out. There's a book at 140,000 where the owner says it's selling a few copies and mine is at 7,000 with only one sale... weird.
One more thing - does anyone reckon that uploading to smashmouth will increase sales? How many people have done this? Do you (just) stick with Kindle? I'm worried about formatting problems for the other readers. Also - working out the tax option for the UK seems difficult and they only add your book to Barnes etc... if you pay them for the premium service. All in all I think I'll stick to Kindle.