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Books of the Month
10 Ways To Get More Book Sales
Six Tips to Bring Your Book Back from the Doldrums - Reading the Reader Tea Leaves
8 Ways To Sell More Books Like A Bestseller
RosaBella Bloom was born in Lvov, Ukraine an only child and grew up mostly in Toronto, Canada. She earned a B.A.A in Ryerson University, and spent many happy years volunteering with children.
She has worked for many organizations in banking before deciding to write children's books. When not writing, she is often found cooking and spending time with friends and family. RosaBella is the author of Ruby ShinesBright and the Birthday cake.
A few times each month, I’ll receive a plaintive email from an author asking me why their book isn’t selling better.
It’s always tough to receive these emails, because I know behind the email is an author who’s feeling disappointed, or possibly depressed their years of effort have borne no fruit. The impossibly of answering such a question makes it all the tougher. There’s no one single magic bullet.
Some of the authors who contact me are considering throwing in the towel. I always try to respond with some feedback that might set them on the right course, often by encouraging them to study the best practices of their fellow authors, as I chronicle in The Smashwords Book Marketing Guide and The Secrets to Ebook Publishing Success. Sometimes my feedback is well-received, and other times they’re offended when I share opinions they don’t want to hear.
The cold hard truth of the matter – which we advertise front and center in our account registration emails, the FAQ, the about us page, and in my free ebooks about e-publishing – is that most books don’t sell well. Period.
1.Write your masterpiece. You can use in Microsoft Word, or any other word processor.
2. Get it right the first time. It’s best to format your books using Amazon’s quite strict ‘Formatting Guide’. I’d suggest hiring a typesetter on Fiverr if you don’t want to deal with those details. I know you’d have to pay someone, but it could be 6-8 hours of your time in order to get things the way Amazon requires while a Fiverr typesetter would do it in less time and you could use that time to work on your book marketing strategy. I paid my typesetter $50 to typeset a 150 page book for a client – so it’s not crazy expensive and God knows I wouldn’t want to be the one doing that work.
3. Stop them in their tracks and COMMAND attention. You’ll want to create a cover that helps you sell more books. Here again, I found my designer on Fiverr, but you can also find great designers on Odesk, eLance or 99 Designs.
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