I posted my ebook last week, promoted it through Wordpress, Twitter, Facebook, Google +1 etc. I received one sale which was returned/refunded. I published my book on another site and I got three sales within the first 24 hours. What am I doing wrong? Am I just impatient or is it just a holiday weekend?
Here's the link. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.
Well, starting with the cover, it needs to be regular book shape (taller than it is wide, about 1.6:1). It looks like a coffee table book or even a CD or something in the thumbnail.
Then at a minimum, the title has to be clearly visible in the thumbnail size, and the title and author in the pageview size. I can barely make them out in the page view. You need some contrast between the text and the dark background. A white outline or shadow on the text would help but you're probably going to need a less fussy font too.
Then you need a good edit. There are errors right in the preview. Passed instead of past for example. But also you've got tenses that flip all over the place and even more importantly, you're really over-used "as" and "while".
There's a great book called Self-Editing for Fiction Writers. Get it and read the section on "as" especially.
Once you fix that, then keep doing what you're doing. Plus, you can send it out for reviews on Romance blogger sites. Sign up on Goodreads as an author and add your book. Participate on romance groups there. Look for other romance reader message boards you can participate on and have a link in your siggy so you can advertise without being annoying. Have realistic expectations and start writing your next book. Romance readers will follow you from book to book.
You haven't tagged your book either. Scroll down the page and you will see a blank box. Type in what contents are in your story. ie; romance, horror, fantasy etc. Also as a first time publisher maybe you should reduce your price. I found out that when I reduced my first novel to 99 cents the sales began to roll in. It hurts to do this but it's better to have 10 99cent sales in a week rather than 0. Hope your sales climb
I wouldn't reduce the price. It is a full length novel. $2.99 certainly isn't astronomical. Remember, it takes 6 sales at .99 to equal one at $2.99. I don't think most romance readers are going to quibble over a couple bucks.
I've been questioning the $0.99 Vs $2.99 recently. My book is currently at $2.99, and I have had 2 sales this month, despite having had a free promotion period that saw over 1000 downloads in 2 days.
I know my book isn't spectacular, but it isn't selling any better at $2.99 than it was at $0.99. It's actually selling less. When I had it at $0.99 I was selling some in the UK and I had a few sales on the US site here-and-there, but since upping it to $2.99, I've had virtually [b]no[/b] sales.
You're being impatient. Plain and simple, books do not go on Amazon one day and sell the next - doesn't happen.
Free promotions, in general do not lead to sales. For a very few their books take off but this is a tiny few.
Find the thread - how many books sold in first month. Most sell very few in their first few months, never mind days!!.
What sells indie books - writing books that people read, enjoy and tell their friends about. Beyond that - relevant customers who bought this also bought lists... and to a lesser extent reviews.
Free promos don't usually help customer who bought lists either - you are downloaded by a swathe of people who download pretty much anything that's free and usually end up in lists nothing to do with your genre.
Twitter, Facebook, Google+1 - you're wasting your time.
The best thing you can do with your time is perfect your book as Andresanthomas has suggested and then find reader sites - goodreads, shelfari, etc...and subtly engage in the forums. Then start writing your next book and get it up. Multiple books sell each other.
You have no tags. Tags help people find your books. You can add up to 15. Get your friends, family, people in the community(sure there's a place here) to help with that. Then get at least three reviews from people, that helps with sales. On appropriate boards and forums add a link with your book. Add it to your emails. The more eyeballs you have, the better the chances you'll get more sales. Also is your book in the right category? Check the best selling books in your genre and use the same tags and categories so you'll be found easily.
You should check into all of the other good points on why your book didn't skyrocket but I've got another one for you. Your timing was terrible. The week before Easter and the Masters at Augusta. That's like trying to get elected the first Japanese mayor of San Francisco on December 8th, 1941!
I felt the same as you after I published my first novella, and before that, after I published my first short stories. (I'm working on a novel right now). You're so excited to get something out that you're proud of. You love it, so you assume everyone else (or a lot of people) will too. And maybe they will, but it just takes time for people to find your book. So be patient (the advice I was given too when I complained about not getting sales right away).
A couple people told me that it took them 3-6 months (some a year) to finally get steady sales rolling in. So my advice is to keep writing. Keep publishing. Keep advertising. And the sales will follow. Just not as quickly as you'd like, more than likely.
Btw, I clicked on the link to your book and I thought it looked good. Sure, there might be some grammatical errors to fix, but I thought your writing was good. I also liked your cover, even though it was a tad difficult to read (dark colors). It was enticing and made your book appealing.
When I had it at $0.99 I was selling some in the UK and I had a few sales on the US site here-and-there, but since upping it to $2.99, I've had virtually no sales.<<<<
Some of my books probably aren't quite worth $2.99, but I keep them at that price because of the 70% royalty. If you had UK sales at the lower price, keep in mind that you can get the UK price a bit lower by setting it manually, rather than basing it on the US price. I believe the automatic price is 1.81, and you can go as low as 1.49 by setting it manually.
In a couple of cases, that seems to be the sweet spot, and I get UK sales, a few US sales, and still enjoy the 70% royalty.
have you thought about researching and compiling a list of bloggers to review your book and promote it on their sites? There are a gazillion book bloggers out there and if you send them your book they will read it and post their reviews for others to see. Helps to generate buzz/interest I guess. Just a thought.