As with many, I've had very postive reactions from readers: I was amazed to get a review from the wild, as it were, praising my book very highly, but sales remain slow. I agree that exposure is everything.
I have my blog (http://philosophicalasides.blogspot.com/) and a facebook page, and I exhort all my friends and acquaintances to leave reviews (so far, one review). I've applied to appropriate indie review sites for reviews (one should be forthcoming in the next month or two). I'm also on a few message boards where I (subtly!) direct members to my novel as appropriate, without spamming, ie through sig links or in "sell me" sections of the forum.
It's bloody hard, though. I did a two-day free promotion through the Kindle Prime thing, during which I saw a couple of hundred downloads, but did any of those buggers leave a review? Did they, heck.
I dunno what the answer is - patience, probably. To the Devil with patience!!
Well I've only had this book up for 5 days but very little action yet. It's philosophy really, involving ideas about our possible evolution beyond Darwin, but hopefully it's readable. Just put the price up actually, despite nobody buying. I thought, this is important stuff, so there!
The problem with making a bunch of political statements, Sargeking, is that you will not help your sales. All you can do is alienate the 50% of people who disagree with you, thereby letting them off the money hook. If 50% seems to high, it seems to match the elections of the last 20 years or so. Even if you only alienate 40% of readers, where is the profit? No matter what the political persuasion of readers their money is all green.
Excuse my English writing here please.
I have published a non fiction book about my life in a small village inTurkey. It was first published in Dutch at a regular publishing house. Funny enough I sell non in the States and some in the UK. I think this kind of book is not very popular.
I write short humor essays and quizzes. I posted over 130 of them, most between 500-1000 words. I'm not sure if I'm doing well or not. I started in November and sold 55 units. In December I sold 125 units. This month I will sell over 200 units. With luck I'll make just about enough to pay for my half of the electricity bill. So in that regard I'm not doing well at all. On the other hand when I started I wasn't sure that even a single person would plunk down 99 cents for such a short article. So in that regard I'm a huge success!
Off topic? It's called networking. Ever hear of it? When a poster asks me a question, I respond. To me it would be "rude" to ignore them. Furthermore, you're not the moderator. Not even close. Here's what to do. If you see a post you don't want to consider, ignore it. That's as far as I can take you by your little hand. Welcome to the NET.