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Madara

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Trying to get sales
Posted: Oct 5, 2017 7:00 PM
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It's difficult, after publishing my first work to see no activity save for when it's free. Advertising is a must, but I cannot afford it right now. Any suggestions? I just finished a second book it's under review, just hoping it does better.
kyleesnyder

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Re: Trying to get sales
Posted: Oct 5, 2017 8:00 PM   in response to: Madara in response to: Madara
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You could try posting on the Self-Promotions section on the Mobileread Forums. I can't guarantee it'll drastically increase sales, but it'll get more people to see your works. Plus it's free to do. Good luck.
writerbn

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Re: Trying to get sales
Posted: Oct 6, 2017 5:00 AM   in response to: Madara in response to: Madara
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Madara wrote:
It's difficult, after publishing my first work to see no activity save for when it's free. Advertising is a must, but I cannot afford it right now. Any suggestions? I just finished a second book it's under review, just hoping it does better.
If it's your only book, giving it away for free is pointless. Most free books are never read.

Books generally don't sell themselves; it takes time and effort to stand out among the millions of other books out there. Search the forums for "marketing" or "promotion" to get some ideas. There are many things you can do without spending a lot of money, but the most important is to keep writing and publishing high-quality work.
C. Gold

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Re: Trying to get sales
Posted: Oct 6, 2017 5:26 AM   in response to: Madara in response to: Madara
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Why would you give away your only book for free? You aren't gaining anything by that. The only time you should give something away for free is if it's the first book in a series, or you are using a service like Instafreebie to get emails from people who have to sign up to your newsletter to get the free book. Even then, I'd only give away the first 10% of it as a sample, if it's the only book I have.

I just published my first novel, The Summoner and the Seer. It is 102k words epic fantasy, so I priced it at $4.99. I also enrolled it in select (Kindle Unlimited). You definitely want to go that route for a new author since people are more willing to read an unknown if they are in the subscription to let them grab books for 'free'.

I also put my short story in KU because I decided not to use it for my freebie (it became more serious/sad than the books in my series will be). The short is $.99 because that's the minimum. It's like 3k words I think?

I Signed up for Instafreebie and used their free version where you can't get email addresses but I offered up 10% of my novel as a free sample (limit since it's in KU). You can also sign up for a free month with newsletter integration and cancel before you have to pay. I created a giveaway and joined my book to other giveaways that will be running soon. This was done to try and get exposure to readers in a different area and it's free.

I have set up several AMS ads where you only pay if the person clicks your add. You can set like 1$ a day on sponsored ads so it's not like you'll spend a lot on this. Price per click can be set at like 10 cents if you want to get really cheap.

I have friends and family and author friends that are interested in my books and made sure they knew when I published it. I've already sold like 7. I know, not huge, but I'm stoked about it. More importantly - I already have over 700 page reads from the people who got it with their KU sub.

I also signed up on Facebook in various groups to be able to interact with fans of fantasy or sci-fi (my genres). If they allow promotion, I post in the place where it's allowed. Some of those are also newsletter swaps and other promotional groups set up by authors. I'm sidetracked by Janny Wurts' lates book right now, but I plan to start interacting on those forums and see if I can't get into some group promos. I also interact on Kboards and posted my book in the Book Bazaar thread where they let you advertise your book. I also just joined reddit and plan to work up some social points there too (You want to establish a helpful presence before just blasting ads to buy your book on forums and social media).

The only one of those that spends any money are the AMS ads, and I haven't spent more than like 2 dollars so far. Anyway, I hope that helps.

Madara

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Re: Trying to get sales
Posted: Oct 6, 2017 12:32 PM   in response to: Madara in response to: Madara
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It was a promotion, it's set at 99 cents currently, My second is 2.99

I've advertised on facebook and twitter, but I'm setting up an actual author page facebook eventually.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07677XRGX
jake ellwood

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Re: Trying to get sales
Posted: Oct 6, 2017 5:35 PM   in response to: Madara in response to: Madara
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Since you posted a link to your book, I took a 'look inside'. It is difficult to read. Not unreadable, but laborious. You use too many commas and many are used incorrectly. The prologue has some paragraphs separated by lines and some not. None of them are indented. After the prologue, the main body seems to have no paragraphs and is just one long run-on.

Since your original question was about sales, I will say that the 'look inside' is your last chance to sell your work after you have hooked them with your blurb and cover. If it is not formatted or grammatically correct you will chase most buyers away and not close the sale.

Edited by: jake ellwood on Oct 6, 2017 5:35 PM
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