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Benedict Ayomid...

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My Books not Selling
Posted: Sep 17, 2017 10:12 AM
 
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Hello,
I need your urgent help pls. I have over 30 books on kdp at present. But I found out that none of my books sell organically (that is on their own), except I occasionally publish and republish, e.g 5 of the books, to trigger 1-4 copy sales of other books. I have tried all the skills I've read about including categories and keywords selection, yet my books don't sell. I started using kdp since 2013. With the large number of books I have, by now I should be selling far more than 50 copies a week, but I hardly sell even 2 copies, unless I do some unpublishing and republishing or add 4 keywords in bracket in front of some of my books to trigger 1-4 sales in all just in 1 day of such action. Some of my book links are as below, kindly check them thoroughly and let me know where the problems are and how I can make tangible and organic sales and be high in Amazon sales ranking: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075J4KD7Q https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075HJD6W3 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073TKHZRH https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07197Y7DR https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LY0WY47 . Thanks.
Donna St Felix

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Re: My Books not Selling
Posted: Sep 17, 2017 10:32 AM   in response to: Benedict Ayomid... in response to: Benedict Ayomid...
 
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Low interest books.
Benedict Ayomid...

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Posted: Sep 17, 2017 11:09 AM   in response to: Donna St Felix in response to: Donna St Felix
 
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I disagree. my not making organic sales (regular and high sales) is not due to the reason you gave (low interest books). many books in my genre sells well. I'm thinking in addition, may be kdp did something wrong or unusual to my bookshelf and visibility.

Edited by: Benedict Ayomide Ojute on Sep 17, 2017 11:10 AM
Mrs Julia Evans

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Re: My Books not Selling
Posted: Sep 17, 2017 11:55 AM   in response to: Benedict Ayomid... in response to: Benedict Ayomid...
 
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Benedict Ayomide Ojute wrote:
I disagree. my not making organic sales (regular and high sales) is not due to the reason you gave (low interest books). many books in my genre sells well. I'm thinking in addition, may be kdp did something wrong or unusual to my bookshelf and visibility.

With respect, you can disagree with Donna all you like, but she's right. Look at the top 100 lists on A*zon, and then go and look at the wider best-seller lists, and find me one list that is topped by a book about 'Prayers for Financial Wellbeing.' The best-selling genres on A*zon are romance, action-adventure, scif-fi/fantasy and erotica.

Unless you are already famous and respected in your field (you may be... I have no idea) you won't have a following. Without a following, you are one of the crowd, and you are all trying to appeal to a very specific audience - spiritual people whose only interest is in making money!

Yes, visibility is absolutely vital. But having a book people want to read is just as important.

Of course, it might have something to do with the fact that many of your 'books' are little more than pamphlets (under 50 pages).

Just my thoughts. J
Benedict Ayomid...

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Posted: Sep 17, 2017 12:21 PM   in response to: Mrs Julia Evans in response to: Mrs Julia Evans
 
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Thanks for your comment. But I still want more great comments, also with focus towards non-fiction, Amazon attitudes to bookshelf, and critical look at my books samples, and positive advice. I strongly believe that those in my book genre still sell lots of copies. Take a look at this author's books, for instance everyone: https://www.amazon.com/Daniel-C.-Okpara/e/B01JALM78M
Ward Rogers

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Posted: Sep 17, 2017 12:26 PM   in response to: Benedict Ayomid... in response to: Benedict Ayomid...
 
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Having looked at your books, I can well understand why they are not selling. Not only are they in a genre (Christian prayers) with little interest, but they are in the most crass and cynicism-driven sub-genre of the field, offering false hope to the desperate, selling snake-oil and calling it balm. Your success depends upon a readership ignorant enough to believe in hoodoo malarkey garbed in the most superficial of Christian trappings, the sort of mentality that believes not only in evil spirits but that a ju-ju pouch around the neck (or, as in this case, a callow prayer upon the lips) will make bring prosperity, health and happiness. While it's probably true that a sucker is born every minute, I would think that few of even that throng would be gullible enough to believe what you're peddling...low interest genre and a shallow readership is a bad combination, mate. The killing blow for significant sales is that you are unknown, a name familiar to no one outside the little bubble in which you live and breathe. Anyone with any sense has to ask, "Hey, if this is all legitimate, why isn't Benedict a famous millionaire?" Well, there you go.
Benedict Ayomid...

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Posted: Sep 17, 2017 1:54 PM   in response to: Ward Rogers in response to: Ward Rogers
 
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Thanks for your comment. But I believe there are more great positive advice that can transform me to higher sales even in this genre, as I believe it is possible. Click my book links for great advice, pls. Similar books sells, so mine should sell too. Note that my books are not only prayer books, I also have many books on life purpose and career choice.
Ward Rogers

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Posted: Sep 17, 2017 5:19 PM   in response to: Benedict Ayomid... in response to: Benedict Ayomid...
 
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Benedict Ayomide Ojute wrote:
Thanks for your comment. But I believe there are more great positive advice that can transform me to higher sales even in this genre, as I believe it is possible. Click my book links for great advice, pls. Similar books sells, so mine should sell too. Note that my books are not only prayer books, I also have many books on life purpose and career choice.

Your pamphlets are preposterous, but that's probably not what contributes most to your failure. Would-be customers see your rankings are in the cellar, and they know you cannot find for yourself the success you are promising them. They look inside and see a load of flim-flam. To top it off, you're just another uncredentialed unrecognised writer clamouring for attention in a tiny field already infested with others like you, who are themselves vying against master hucksters who have actually made a name for themselves, wannabe messiahs who use the internet to lead their gullible flocks to Amazon. It's a small readership you're aiming at, but they've already been fleeced. No amount of starry-eyed belief is going to change the marketplace.
Benedict Ayomid...

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Posted: Sep 18, 2017 12:33 AM   in response to: Ward Rogers in response to: Ward Rogers
 
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Thanks for your comment, I know some of you are more experienced on Amazon than me. I cannot write fiction book (s), only non-fiction I'm into. I will need suggestion on lists of non-fiction genre or topics areas I can write book on that have large buyers on Amazon and would attract higher sales. Secondly, I will also need advice on what I can do to my present books and bookshelf, categories and keywords selection, to get great sales from my present books.

Again this in my initial message on this tread:

Hello,
I need your urgent help pls. I have over 30 books on kdp at present. But I found out that none of my books sell organically (that is on their own), except I occasionally publish and republish, e.g 5 of the books, to trigger 1-4 copy sales of other books. I have tried all the skills I've read about including categories and keywords selection, yet my books don't sell. I started using kdp since 2013. With the large number of books I have, by now I should be selling far more than 50 copies a week, but I hardly sell even 2 copies, unless I do some unpublishing and republishing or add 4 keywords in bracket in front of some of my books to trigger 1-4 sales in all just in 1 day of such action. Some of my book links are as below, kindly check them thoroughly and let me know where the problems are and how I can make tangible and organic sales and be high in Amazon sales ranking: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075J4KD7Q https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075HJD6W3 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B073TKHZRH https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07197Y7DR https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LY0WY47 . Thanks.
Ward Rogers

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Re: My Books not Selling
Posted: Sep 18, 2017 7:09 AM   in response to: Benedict Ayomid... in response to: Benedict Ayomid...
 
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The best decision for your current books? Others might disagree, you certainly, but it's to give up on them. They are dead ends, going nowhere. If you get a couple of gullible buyers per month, just be happy with that. As others have mentioned, if you are not a household name the money is in fiction, primarily Romance, Action-Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, and Thrillers & Mystery. If you cannot write well or don't intimately understand genre needs and expectations, you're probably not going to find success there either.

You claim you cannot break from a nonfiction mindset? Fine. Take a look at Amazon's nonfiction bestseller list:

https://www.amazon.com/Best-Sellers-Kindle-Store-Nonfiction/zgbs/digital-text/157325011

History, Biography & Memoirs, Travel, Self Help, Cookbooks -- you'll find them all, and more, in the Top 100. Some of them are genres in which you already write or are on the fringe. Here's the thing -- in fiction, you can be nobody special and find success, but in nonfiction it matters greatly who you are. It's best if you're a household name, but if you're not, you had better bring an expertise that people can verify and believe in.

Self-help gurus have to have more than bombastic self-praise going for them. History books are written by credentialed historians or participants. Cookbooks are written by chefs, nutritionists or talented home cooks who can bring something unique to the table. Travel books are written by experienced and observant travellers. Books on computers, technology, economics, science or business are written by recognised experts in their fields. Biographies are written by people who bring an in-depth knowledge of the subject and can give the reader more than Wikipedia superficiality; to write a successful memoir or autobiography, you yourself must either be famous or have lived a celebrated or notorious life.

Writing successful nonfiction is much more than cobbling together a bunch of information you found on the internet or just made up out of personal beliefs, as so many of Amazon's scamphlet (scam+pamphlet) artists do, which, unfortunately, is where your current books fall. Many of our more notorious humble-braggers proclaim to have a hundred or more "bestsellers," but they turn out to be hate-rants, love-rants, manifestos, the latest internet scrapings on the fad of the moment , or such important tomes as "How to Fry an Egg" (I wish I were kidding).

Fiction or nonfiction, you have to write what people want to read. That's the reality of the marketplace, and no amount of faith or personal belief will change that. Of course, you have to write well and market better, but if you're writing what the masses don't want to read, your best efforts will be futile.
Dr Shaun K Long

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Re: My Books not Selling
Posted: Sep 18, 2017 7:41 AM   in response to: Benedict Ayomid... in response to: Benedict Ayomid...
 
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Perhaps you're marketing them under the wrong category? Placing them in parody, or satire, might work better.
Emily Veinglory

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Posted: Sep 18, 2017 8:34 AM   in response to: Benedict Ayomid... in response to: Benedict Ayomid...
 
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Maybe you should point out a best-selling book you think is in the same genre as yours. Because you seem to think your book is something that... we probably don't see it as.

IMHO 'get rich quick' and' get good with God' (aka YMYL topics) books by random people with no qualifications or fame are low interest. They don;t appeal to custimers for the same reasons that they aren't appealing to us.
George Garrigues

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Posted: Sep 18, 2017 9:35 AM   in response to: Emily Veinglory in response to: Emily Veinglory
 
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"YMYL"? "You mean you're loony"?
George Garrigues

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Posted: Sep 18, 2017 9:39 AM   in response to: Benedict Ayomid... in response to: Benedict Ayomid...
 
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Hello. I wish you the best, but you are writing the same book that hundreds of other people have written over the past many decades.

"The prayers in this book are not meant to be prayed casually, they are highly spiritual. There is no other book like this book. Why? This is because the prayers were released to me by the Holy Spirit for you while meditating on over 140 special scriptures that will command open door to your life."

Many other people have claimed to get a message from "the Holy Spirit" or some other astral place, so what makes you the chosen one? As partial answer to your question, well, there is just too much competition from other prayer books.

Good luck to you in your life.
Emily Veinglory

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Posted: Sep 18, 2017 10:03 AM   in response to: George Garrigues in response to: George Garrigues
 
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In online parlance "Your money (or) Your Life". Books that claim to save you in some way for a fee.
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