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aktar hussain

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might as well clean streets?
Posted: Sep 12, 2017 8:47 AM
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Clean streets or sell on amazon? They get paid i don't? its a scam?

I was shown in a dream i should be getting a cheque of over £600,000, instead they gave me $2! Who's tellijn the truth? God or Amazon?
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aktar hussain

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Posted: Sep 12, 2017 8:58 AM   in response to: aktar hussain in response to: aktar hussain
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funny thing is i'm not even pissed off really.
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Re: might as well clean streets?
Posted: Sep 12, 2017 9:22 AM   in response to: aktar hussain in response to: aktar hussain
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You have a very strange outlook, my friend. You might claim that you're not pi**ed off, but your various recent threads suggest the opposite, and that you're looking to blame someone or something other than your books for your poor sales.

To answer your point, cleaning streets and writing books are both honourable occupations. The only difference is if you do the second one well, and have a lot of luck, you have scope to earn far more money doing it. But it comes with no wage or guarantee of income.

So, if you haven't earned the big bucks you thought you'd get, where is the scam? A*zon didn't promise you a wage.

You chose to sell your books on A*zon. Nobody came knocking on your door begging you to sell them. So, why do you feel A*zon owes you anything? If you don't like that you have earned little by way of an income, then you have two choices. Unpublish your books from A*zon and peddle them elsewhere, or shut up and get on with writing better books that people may actually want to buy. Most of us here are working on the latter.

As for the God or Amazon question, how can you blame either for your dream not becoming a reality? I have strange dreams if I eat cheese before bed. I wouldn't blame God or Amazon if those dreams didn't come true!
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Posted: Sep 12, 2017 9:56 AM   in response to: aktar hussain in response to: aktar hussain
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I should have known better!
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aktar hussain wrote:
I should have known better!

So should we all, now and then.
aktar hussain

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Posted: Sep 12, 2017 10:33 AM   in response to: Mrs Julia Evans in response to: Mrs Julia Evans
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actually they did come begging! ADS!!!!!!!
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Re: might as well clean streets?
Posted: Sep 12, 2017 11:41 AM   in response to: aktar hussain in response to: aktar hussain
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Dear aktar. You say that you were shown in a dream that you should be getting a cheque of over $600,000. Was that the kind of dream that you have when you're snug in your bed at night and lost in the Land of Nod? Be advised that the events in those kind of dreams rarely play themselves out in reality, (and usually that's a very good thing).
Or was it the kind of dream that you have awake, kicked back in your chair and gazing out of your window? The events in those kind of dreams rarely play themselves out in reality either. Just to test the theory, before writing this post, I gazed out of my window and dreamed of a blue unicorn with an orange nose horn flying past in the sky. But no matter how much I dreamed and hoped that blue unicorn with the orange nose horn did not become a reality. Alas alack.
What you must do, if you want a successful self-publishing career, is not to dream about wild business success but to get to grips with a dose of hard and gritty market reality. There are certian genres in Amazon and subgenres within those genres and niches within those subgenres. Some of those niches are selling as hot as fireworks on the 4 July - or 05 November, depending - and you must identify those subgenres and niches and then write and tailor and publish your books accordingly.
$600,000 is the kind of money that the big boys and girls earn. And who knows, maybe one day you will too. But first you must stop dreaming dreamy dreams...
Emily Veinglory

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Re: might as well clean streets?
Posted: Sep 12, 2017 11:46 AM   in response to: aktar hussain in response to: aktar hussain
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Whether you are making books, sweeping streets, or any other task--you are paid based on how well you did the task and for how many people.
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Posted: Sep 12, 2017 3:32 PM   in response to: Nightscribe in response to: Nightscribe
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Nightscribe wrote:
Dear aktar. You say that you were shown in a dream that you should be getting a cheque of over $600,000. Was that the kind of dream that you have when you're snug in your bed at night and lost in the Land of Nod? Be advised that the events in those kind of dreams rarely play themselves out in reality, (and usually that's a very good thing).
Or was it the kind of dream that you have awake, kicked back in your chair and gazing out of your window? The events in those kind of dreams rarely play themselves out in reality either. Just to test the theory, before writing this post, I gazed out of my window and dreamed of a blue unicorn with an orange nose horn flying past in the sky. But no matter how much I dreamed and hoped that blue unicorn with the orange nose horn did not become a reality. Alas alack.
What you must do, if you want a successful self-publishing career, is not to dream about wild business success but to get to grips with a dose of hard and gritty market reality. There are certian genres in Amazon and subgenres within those genres and niches within those subgenres. Some of those niches are selling as hot as fireworks on the 4 July - or 05 November, depending - and you must identify those subgenres and niches and then write and tailor and publish your books accordingly.
$600,000 is the kind of money that the big boys and girls earn. And who knows, maybe one day you will too. But first you must stop dreaming dreamy dreams...

Indeed. I had a dream that I was on a hot date with the Thor dude, but given that a) I don't hang out in Hollywood or in Australia, b) he's married, c) I'm married, and d) most importantly, I'm old enough to be his mum, I'm pretty sure that I can't blame Amazon, or Walmart, or the American Congress, or Trump, or anyone else for the fact that that dream is exceedingly unlikely to come true.

I mean, come on, people! Let's get our noggins out of the strata chocolata. If you can't write, a) don't publish. If you can, and you publish, but you don't do any marketing, see a). If you can write, and you've published, AND you've done marketing, and you are still not getting any sales, look at your cover. Look at your description. Re-read your opening 1500 words. Do you have ten smoking reviews? No? Why not? Go get 'em. Without them, you'll never get out of the self-pub ghetto. None of that advertising will do bupkus for you.

And if all that is perfect, then you're doing something else wrong, and it's most likely your marketing. Most of the discussions that I see here about using AMS and PPC seem to indicate that most of you are throwing darts at numbers on the wall, and then expecting big returns. STUDY PPC. It's not a guessing game, and it's not the lottery. Refine it, Run A/B tests. That's what PPC takes. Yes, it sucks, but all of us in business are stuck doing it.

THIS IS A BUSINESS. Just like any other business, you have to study what works and what doesn't, in your advertising. If you sit there and play silly buggers, guessing, well, why are you surprised when it doesn't work?

Meanwhile, Chris Hemsworth is waiting for me by the pool. gotta dash.

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Re: might as well clean streets?
Posted: Sep 12, 2017 4:55 PM   in response to: aktar hussain in response to: aktar hussain
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I suggest you buy a new bed.
aktar hussain

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Posted: Sep 13, 2017 12:54 AM   in response to: resteasy in response to: resteasy
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here come the pack of wolves!
Henry Osborn

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Re: might as well clean streets?
Posted: Sep 13, 2017 1:35 AM   in response to: aktar hussain in response to: aktar hussain
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I've written seven novels that I heavily researched. This is a brutal business; but again all businesses are brutal.
Oh and I've made seven dollars.

Edited by: Henry Osborn on Sep 13, 2017 1:35 AM
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Re: might as well clean streets?
Posted: Sep 13, 2017 5:16 AM   in response to: booknookbiz in response to: booknookbiz
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booknookbiz wrote:
THIS IS A BUSINESS. Just like any other business, you have to study what works and what doesn't, in your advertising. If you sit there and play silly buggers, guessing, well, why are you surprised when it doesn't work?

All true, although I submit that there's some amount of guesswork involved.

For example, one of my books was recently accepted by Bookbub on the third try. Nothing has changed since the first two attempts, so I can only guess at the reasons, and I don't even want to bother doing that. In any case, the point is to keep at it.
Henry Osborn

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Re: might as well clean streets?
Posted: Sep 14, 2017 12:35 PM   in response to: aktar hussain in response to: aktar hussain
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Can you send me a link to see your books?
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