I have only been on the kindle site a wee while. I have sold three books last count. I have a blog. I am assuming that it takes a while for the news to get round about your wonderful books sitting there waiting to be snapped up? I don't really have the savvy just yet. I'm going to sit and wait to see what happens. Good luck.bobavey said:Why are my books not selling? I try to post here and other places at least once a day, I have a newsletter, I just started a blog, I'm active on facebook, but nothing seems to help. I'm so depressed.
Thanks for that. Very interesting.John Hartness said:I don't like the covers, personally. They don't look like the covers that I would buy on a traditionally-published book, and I think the blurbs could use a little work, too. Try moving the blurbs from reviews ahead of the product description on Twisted Perception, that may help.
This is my favorite advice for a blurb, and I try to re-read this every time I write a blurb for one of my books - http://www.publetariat.com/publish/how-write-back-blurb-your-book
I agree with this: Price the first one cheap to get readers interested, then they'll be more willing to pay the "higher" price for the second if they enjoy the first.Lynn ODell said:You have two in a series.
Perhaps if you lowered the first in the series to $.99, you would sell more of those and generate interest in your second.
Exactly. Some people have luck on a first or second book. A few people can force that issue with lower prices, but IMHO, those tend to be people who have some momentum in the first place.jimbronyaur said:Where's the next book?
^^ Now that's some good feedback, right there.BarbaraKE said:I clicked on your book 'Beneath a Buried House' and tried to pretend someone had recommended it to me.
The top review (dated Dec. 2, 2010) mentioned "This book starts with the icons: the socially-challenged but instinctive cop, his gruff captain, his out-of-his-league girlfriend, and the office sludge they call coffee." So my first thought was This sounds like a thousand other cop books out there. I realize you have no control over the review contents but can you somehow make it clearer (in the book description) what makes this book different? Why should I (reader) buy *this* book instead of the thousand other cop books out there?
I downloaded/read the sample. Noticed a couple of typos ('heroine' instead of 'heroin', 'base' instead of 'bass'). Don't use a comma before 'and' when using it to connect two clauses. Relatively minor but they caught my attention. There was a rather abrupt jump (from one paragraph to the next) where the MC was in the police station, then at the crime scene. It confused me and I had to re-read it a couple of times to figure out what happened.
Work on making your book description and sample as good as they can possibly be because that's what sells the book.
No.BarbaraKE said:Work on making your book description and sample as good as they can possibly be because that's what sells the book.
I beg to differ. If the second clause has a subject and a verb, placing a comma before 'and' is pretty much a necessity.BarbaraKE said:Don't use a comma before 'and' when using it to connect two clauses.
The sentences I was referring to were more like "I went outside and the sun was shining." You would not use a comma before the 'and'.foreverjuly said:I beg to differ. If the second clause has a subject and a verb, placing a comma before 'and' is pretty much a necessity.
"The only other time I've been to Mississippi was when they had that giant frog-jumping contest back in 1976, and when my sister told me about that the first thing I did was hop in the car and pushed the petal to the metal all the way down from North Carolina."
Yeah, I do think the length of the clause is a factor just for the simple matter of flow. So I would agree with your assessment of the sentence you submitted. In mine though, there wasn't a new subject introduced after car, and that's why there isn't a comma there.BarbaraKE said:The sentences I was referring to were more like "I went outside and the sun was shining." You would not use a comma before the 'and'.
Looking at your example, see how you didn't put a comma after 'car'?
Having editors around always makes these discussions informative.Lynn ODell said:Actually, there should be a comma after "and" in:
I went outside, and the sun was shining.
"The sun was shining" is an independent clause. It has it's own subject and verb. This is basically a connection of two sentences.
In the other example, there is no comma simply because the clauses share a subject.
If the sentence read like this, then there would be no comma:
I went outside and saw that the sun was shining.
Note: if the clauses are very short and closely connected, the comma may be omitted. However, putting one in is not 'wrong.'
Reference: Chicago Manual of Style, Sixteenth Edition, p. 316, sect. 6.28
Welcome to the club. It's a hard business and don't let anybody tell you that it isn't. It's really a killer business, I'm beginning to find out that marketing the book is even harder than writing it. The main problem we have is that Amazon doesn't help us with promotion unless a book is already selling like hot cakes so nobody knows our book is there. We have to promote it ad nauseum and waste endless hours hoping somebody will give it a chance. What can I tell you? Unfortunately there is no magic formula here. You just have to be persistent and keep on trying, and try not to get discouraged by the other writers who are selling a thousand books a day, maybe some day, our ship will come in too.bobavey said:Why are my books not selling? I try to post here and other places at least once a day, I have a newsletter, I just started a blog, I'm active on facebook, but nothing seems to help. I'm so depressed.