So, over the course of this month I've had nary a sale on Amazon. (I like nary. Good word, thought I'd use it.) I must be doing something wrong, somewhere along the line. Probably the most annoying thing for a writer to do, so I apologize in advance, but any advice given would be greatly appreciated. I am willing to eat my vegetables, even the mildly toxic ones, if you're willing to let me know which veggies I should be eating. Besides, I know y'all are busy too, so I don't want to take up too much time.
(ooh p.s. p.s. p.s. - I'm not asking you to download the whole thing. That would be stupid. Even if it was just a sample look, or your quick impressions.)
I see you Amazon page has no tags. That's a start. Add those.
I don't think Kindle select makes a lot of sense for you because you have only one other book available. On the other hand, it is a nice drug-like jolt to the ego to see books downloaded and free sells really well.
Your book blurbs don't give me enough to generate any interest in them. Remember the old advertising advice, the more you tell, the more you sell. I also didn't like the cover of Possession. It didn't grab my attention.
Haunting at Wal-Mart. Ouch. But funny. Like, I honestly snickered when I read that. Thanks, mt. the cover does need fixing huh? These are the days when I wish I had a little bit of extra cash to find a graphic designer. Seriously, thanks for the advice, and the Haunting at Wal-Mart comment, that gave me the giggles.
Thanks Mister, I'm still trying to navigate the fine line of telling enough to entice and not give the whole thing away. Here, it seems, I went wayy to far to the side of silence. Damn blurbs. I've always hated writing them. 2 for the abysmal cover of Possession. I'm still riffing in my head on the haunted Wal-Mart. I mean...when you hear the ghost's voice do you automatically think it's telling you there's a sale in Aisle 4?
winces I thought I'd added the tags. I'll put that one down to being "inexperienced KDP" guy.
I was thinking of doing Kindle Select for the next piece I'm putting up, pretty much for the same reasons you're saying, cause, yeah, I don't have too many pieces up to merit doing it right now, and I do like drug-like jolts to the ego.
I've heard people like DigitalDonna, 50 dollars for a cover which isn't too much. But it's a couple weeks waiting list. Something you might wanna consider for that book if you really like it or future books.
consider it considered! That isn't bad for a price at all, and I don't mind the waiting list for that particular story. I like it, and I'd like to do right by it, so the price is right. If I had a little more spending money, I'd probably invest a lot more in it, but I'll make do with what I can. I guess the cover and the blurbs are the major stopping points here, so I'll fix the blurbs (thank you Mister) and fix the cover when I can. Wal-mart ghosts haunt my aisles for low-low prices.
Boring, but I can only echo what everyone else is saying: Strange Boy has a good cover, Possession doesn't, the product descriptions are too short and read like somebody who didn't care and hadn't read the stories had written them in a hurry. The stories look okay, though.
If it's any consolation, I have two short stories, and I've had nary a sale this month. Mind you, I don't promote them, so what do you expect?
Wildphoenix - Just to echo what others have said about the cover of Possession and the brevity of your blurbs. The cover of A Strange Boy is beautiful though. A quick look through your sample didn't bring up glaring typos, awful writing etc. either.
In my experience, covers always show up much darker on Amazon than in my original jpeg and I recently had to revamp all of mine to make them appear brighter and more eye-catching. Also I re-wrote my blurbs to add an excerpt that sets the tone for the story. By the way, best tip I got from these forums - this is easier to do via Author Central as that doesn't take your book into Publishing mode and is quicker to update on Amazon.
That said, operating on the principle that misery loves company, I should mention that I too have had nary a sale in the last couple of weeks and in general have not had very many sales in the two months I've been on here. I made the changes I describe about a week ago so let's see...
I write in the same genre as you and this particular one is clogged with 0.99 cent stories and novels, many of which are also pretty awful in terms of writing quality. I suspect that, by default, us new indies are all being tarred by the general reputation of the genre and that it will require significant marketing/word of mouth to build up sales.
Good luck and here's hoping that sales pick up all around!