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crazywriterlady

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Re: Increasing Sells and Advertising
Posted: Jul 29, 2016 2:51 PM   in response to: DELORES SCOTT in response to: DELORES SCOTT
 
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DELORES SCOTT wrote:
Thanks everyone for the input it helped alot. I will certainly keep writing!!! please try my book The Mysterious Call: Welcome To My World!!! and tell me what you think!!!

Well, since you asked...

First of all, you need to study the writing craft. Then you need to study the market you're wanting to sell in. I can tell you right now, you aren't ready to sell your work. It's obvious you haven't put any effort into either the craft or the market.

It's okay, though. You can learn, if you're willing. Find a good writing book (not one of those "you can make a brazillion dollah writing for Kindle" types, but a basic, how to write fiction book). In fact, find several. There are even some for writing erotica, once you're ready for them.

Practice your writing, without thought for publishing yet. You have to learn to put out a good product before you can expect anyone to buy your work. Don't expect your readers (if you can get any) to be your editor. You want to sell your work? Treat it like a business, and do the work.

Once you've gotten the basics of writing down, start studying the market. Erotica has certain expectations, just like any genre. You have to meet those expectations before you can expect to sell. That includes how to make or find proper covers, how to write blurbs, what kinks sell, and what the limitations of Amazon are. You can't just sell any old thing on the Zon, at the risk of losing your account at worst.

Anyway, good luck. It's not easy being a writer or a publisher, but people can and do have very satisfying careers.
davewright29

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Re: Increasing Sells and Advertising
Posted: Jul 30, 2016 12:19 AM   in response to: Cynthia E. Hurst in response to: Cynthia E. Hurst
 
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This is so typical of Amazon kindle where anyone who dashes off half a dozen pages of poorly written rubbish thinks that makes them a writer just because it's been 'published.'
Good luck to you in selling this. You will be fortunate to get any FREE downloads.
Cynthia E. Hurst

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Re: Increasing Sells and Advertising
Posted: Jul 30, 2016 12:23 AM   in response to: davewright29 in response to: davewright29
 
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Dave, I fully agree, and hope you actually meant to reply to the OP.
Ralph E Vaughan

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Re: Increasing Sells and Advertising
Posted: Jul 30, 2016 6:09 AM   in response to: DELORES SCOTT in response to: DELORES SCOTT
 
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DELORES SCOTT wrote:
Thanks everyone for the input it helped alot. I will certainly keep writing!!! please try my book The Mysterious Call: Welcome To My World!!! and tell me what you think!!!

You really shouldn't ask. You really don't want to know. Really.

Mr. M. Sales

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Re: Increasing Sells and Advertising
Posted: Aug 4, 2016 3:30 AM   in response to: DELORES SCOTT in response to: DELORES SCOTT
 
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I can see a couple of problems. Firstly your writing needs some sharpening up, there is such a thing as stylistic choice but changing tense mid sentence is objectively bad writing at the mechanical level. Secondly you seem to be asking for $2.99 for a seven page book. I'm asking that for my novel. For my short novel I'm only asking $0.99 due to its short length.
Ralf Fuschtei

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Re: Increasing Sells and Advertising
Posted: Aug 4, 2016 6:12 AM   in response to: DELORES SCOTT in response to: DELORES SCOTT
 
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Hello Delores Scott, - for my part I do no expensive thing to rise the amount of sales. If you want to earn Money, it is better, to blog or to go into communitys, were you find direct Partners or Readers. If you are a interessting Person or opinion, it would sell anything, because, you told some ideas with power or future. That is, what everybody should pay for, normaly.
art

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Re: Increasing Sells and Advertising
Posted: Aug 5, 2016 3:51 AM   in response to: DELORES SCOTT in response to: DELORES SCOTT
 
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7 pages is not a book, it's more like an introduction. You get one page for free in the look inside, so that makes 6 pages for $2.99, working out at 50c per page. Your gift to the world is, if nothing else, expensive... (At that rate a 200 page book would be $100)

Edited by: art on Aug 5, 2016 3:58 AM
stuatyris

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Re: Increasing Sells and Advertising
Posted: Aug 5, 2016 5:26 AM   in response to: art in response to: art
 
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I have just had a look at the "book" in question. It is precisely this standard of publication that leaves those of us who are doing our best to create and publish something of merit, floundering in our beer. Unless Amazon (who I imagine have no real stake in improving standards at the expense of sales) impose some form of very basic quality control, I can see the self-publishing market dissolving into a puddle of absolute dross sometime soon.

Edited by: stuatyris on Aug 5, 2016 7:31 AM
jennifer

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Re: Increasing Sells and Advertising
Posted: Aug 5, 2016 7:54 AM   in response to: DELORES SCOTT in response to: DELORES SCOTT
 
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I think the exclamation points might be off putting to many readers as it comes across as unprofessional. Your book is only seven pages long so the price is fairly steep for that.
Perhaps you might want to edit your cover,title and price and also add a subtitle on the cover letting potential readers easily know it is erotica. Good luck.
gldrummond

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Re: Increasing Sells and Advertising
Posted: Aug 5, 2016 12:01 PM   in response to: stuatyris in response to: stuatyris
 
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stuatyris wrote:
I have just had a look at the "book" in question. It is precisely this standard of publication that leaves those of us who are doing our best to create and publish something of merit, floundering in our beer. Unless Amazon (who I imagine have no real stake in improving standards at the expense of sales) impose some form of very basic quality control, I can see the self-publishing market dissolving into a puddle of absolute dross sometime soon.

Edited by: stuatyris on Aug 5, 2016 7:31 AM

If that were true, it would've already happened. People have been predicting it since I began self-publishing in 2007. Nine years, and self/indie publishing has only become stronger in spite of people publishing "dross."

What's far more likely to happen is exactly what the OP complained of: No one buying their books.

Notjohn

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Re: Increasing Sells and Advertising
Posted: Aug 5, 2016 12:43 PM   in response to: DELORES SCOTT in response to: DELORES SCOTT
 
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I do have one sell and need to know what I can do to increase sells

As a writer, you of course know that sell is a verb, not a noun.

Good luck! -- NJ

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c_har2u

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Re: Increasing Sells and Advertising
Posted: Aug 13, 2016 7:40 PM   in response to: DELORES SCOTT in response to: DELORES SCOTT
 
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Sales sail when Satan sells.
Jerome S. Dowdy

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Re: Increasing Sells and Advertising
Posted: Aug 14, 2016 1:56 AM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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I see many are being very strict over the word sell used by a noun, but chill out. A colloquialism "sell" may be used as a noun in this instance and should be overlooked for the root of the question. I too am dumbfounded by lack of sales. I would have thought by the mere millions in population that my sales would have been even accidentally higher than they are. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B012VOZSFE Is it my cover art? Description? Maybe just bad writing?
petaward

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Re: Increasing Sells and Advertising
Posted: Aug 14, 2016 6:50 AM   in response to: DELORES SCOTT in response to: DELORES SCOTT
 
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7 Pages? The cost is far too high for what is not even a short story.
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Re: Increasing Sells and Advertising
Posted: Aug 14, 2016 9:28 AM   in response to: Jerome S. Dowdy in response to: Jerome S. Dowdy
 
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I think your cover image is arresting, but the graphics do you no favors.
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