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corey schmidt

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Not A Writer Anymore
Posted: Jul 1, 2017 1:50 PM
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My book was on here for several months, and nobody viewed it or read it of any kind. It is no longer published on amazon; took it off, and as far as writing goes. I will never write again.
Donald Desaulni...

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Posted: Jul 1, 2017 2:25 PM   in response to: corey schmidt in response to: corey schmidt
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Don't let a tiny setback discourage you. Take the opportunity to reread and revise your book and then republish it on Amazon. It is incredibly difficult to find anyone to buy our books. There is so much competition. I highly recommend the Kindle Free Download Promotion to get your book in the hands of some readers. For the moment forget about making any money from your book. Just concentrate on improving it and getting it back out there. Apparently you can improve the visibility of a book by tweaking your keywords and categories but I'm useless at doing that.
Good luck and keep on trying.

Don Desaulniers
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Topi Vuorio

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Re: Not A Writer Anymore
Posted: Jul 2, 2017 1:21 AM   in response to: corey schmidt in response to: corey schmidt
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You can't expect people to view/buy it if you don't tell someone about it. Also, if this is your first book - just try again and write a better book.
Donald Roble

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Re: Not A Writer Anymore
Posted: Jul 2, 2017 8:17 AM   in response to: corey schmidt in response to: corey schmidt
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corey schmidt wrote:
My book was on here for several months, and nobody viewed it or read it of any kind. It is no longer published on amazon; took it off, and as far as writing goes. I will never write again.
Well, well. So you wrote something you thought would sell and it didn't. Now you'll never write again. You weren't a writer in the first place. A writer writes.
Joe

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Re: Not A Writer Anymore
Posted: Jul 2, 2017 9:08 AM   in response to: corey schmidt in response to: corey schmidt
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corey schmidt wrote:
My book was on here for several months, and nobody viewed it or read it of any kind. It is no longer published on amazon; took it off, and as far as writing goes. I will never write again.

Some famous writer said something about if you can stop writing, then do so. He said that because writing is hard. It will break your heart. You have to spend so much time and effort in learning how to write, and now with self-publishing you have to learn how to run a publishing business. It's not for everyone.

Very few people make much with a first book. There are so many books out there that readers often don't pay attention until the author has more books out, and books that are selling. You have to show buyers that they can depend on you to tell them a good story, and to tell it in a way they don't have to work too hard to get through it. The writing has to be good. The story telling has to be good. The covers have to be good, the blurb has to be good, you have to get it in the right categories, and spend time and money getting it promoted.

It's an awful lot of hard work and time spent learning something that at times isn't even valid once you've gotten the hang of it. So, if you give up, I'm not going to cry about it. It's all on you. If you want someone to tell you to not quit, to write another book, it's not going to be me. Because I think if you have given up this easily, then writing isn't what you should be doing.
Gary Zimmer

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Re: Not A Writer Anymore
Posted: Jul 2, 2017 2:01 PM   in response to: corey schmidt in response to: corey schmidt
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Hello Corey--your short post screams for more information....I want to shake the tree and the first shake is 'I would love to read a page or two of the book.' My first inclination is a guess that you have made the right decision....never write again! I believe that 'one' knows if he/she is a writer. Hey, no one is reading your book? There is the distinct possibility that no one blessed with the ability to discern something worth reading knows instantly that your offering is absent of merit, a wound upon the earth, an adventure into nothingness, or worse, an insult to anything literary....I ramble but, I believe you know what I mean.

You....you ....should know if the book is well written....you should know if it offers a good storyline...and, if it does, as said many times in this thread, it needs to exist and, again if worthwhile, it needs to find an audience. The book is secondary to the main issue! The real issue is....yeah, you got it...the real issue is you and what other stories churn inside of you that, once written and rewritten, and rewritten again...relieves that need within...and then, next ...what other story is creating discomfort and needs, demands to be in written form.... wants release in literary form and that question has been answered. You should never write again. Truth is you would never say 'I will never write again....' if there were stories within you that create agony until they are told...if your writing is unreadable and those stories need life, you would learn to write ...and ultimately, give them freedom, hoping that others read them....but if not, you are still at peace within..

I'm sure you do other things really well! Pursue them and, if it's making furniture....whatever....feel good within because creativity is a wonderful thing....wishing you well!

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Shawn Beaton

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Re: Not A Writer Anymore
Posted: Jul 7, 2017 10:22 AM   in response to: corey schmidt in response to: corey schmidt
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I wouldn't give up if I were you. My first book hasn't been sold, nor has it been borrowed through Kindle Unlimited. But I kept writing and every one of my other books have sold at least once and one several times.A few sold 2 to 5 times. You have to keep writing and not give up. It helps to learn Adobe PhotoShop and get a monthly plan to get 10 stock images a month so you can create nice covers. Right now I'm losing money just to make my covers, but over time I'm confident I'll cover the monthly costs. Writing imo will cost you in the beginning, but will reward you in the future. You have to think long term. I hope you do well and don't give up on your dream.
resteasy

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Posted: Jul 7, 2017 5:07 PM   in response to: corey schmidt in response to: corey schmidt
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Ah well. One less potential competitor in the market. I don't know if you're one, but there are so many who think they can just write something, bung it on Amazon and become a mega seller overnight. So many shattered dreams. True writers have grit.
Notjohn

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Posted: Jul 8, 2017 2:25 AM   in response to: resteasy in response to: resteasy
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True writers have grit.

And a second job!

Good luck! -- NJ

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resteasy

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Posted: Jul 9, 2017 4:16 PM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
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That's what pays for the grit.
Christina

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Re: Not A Writer Anymore
Posted: Jul 17, 2017 5:52 PM   in response to: corey schmidt in response to: corey schmidt
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Keep your chin up hun. I have "only" 13 sales in 5 days. My first book. A 60 page novella. Short and sweet. $2.99. No one bothered to buy my book yet today. My sales are better than I expected though. I went into this with little to no expectations. Writing is a hobby of mine. I do it because I love it and I wanted to share something with the world. And I figured, "why not charge for my writing instead of giving it away for free?"

I think the reason why my sales were better than expected is that I I cater to a niche market that I feel is under-serviced on Amazon. Writers with my kind of background tend to write for free. And my target audience is used to consuming these stories for free. However $3 is cheaper than a latte. If they like the free sample, $3 is a very non-committal impulse purchase. One click and Amazon charges your credit/debit card automatically. And my free sample does a great job of getting the reader to want more I think.

If you're going to write yet another vampire/werewolf/shapeshifter billionaire romance with an alpha male bad boy lead, good luck with that. You better be good if that's your market. Because that market is heavily saturated. Everyone wants to be the next E. L. James or Stephanie Meyer.

Best thing to do is to write something that is unique that you enjoy to write. Don't force yourself to continue writing if you don't want to. I have several abandoned projects actually. I am going to resurrect some of them because after publishing 1 book, I have the itch to publish more! My published novella was nearly four years in the making even though it's so short. I abandoned it at least three times before I finally finished it. And you have to catch the reader's eye too on the first impression. When they look at your title and cover.
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