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Old 27.01.2012, 13:44
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You say you have sold a 1000 copies, how many on Amazon? The reason I ask is that you only have 3 reviews. The reviews on Amazon go along way so if you have friends and families who are willing to write an 'honest' review for you then get them to do this as it will help with Amazon sales.
All on Amazon. 1022 now. I know I only have 3 reviews, I don't know why that is, but that's all I have.

What's, weirdly, upsetting is 66 people returned my book. I don't think I have ever returned a book in my life. Though, there were a few that I threw out rather than inflict on a charity shop.
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Old 27.01.2012, 13:46
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I just wanted to say congrats- that's a big deal to write a novel, and to have sold 1000 (+1, good ol' Grynchie) just like that is impressive!
sorry, take away that +1 ... since amazon twigged where I am they make me buy from Amazon.de and its EU 2.18 there.

can you imagine !!

gonna have to wait and get mrs.G's password for her amazon.co.uk account


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All on Amazon. 1022 now. I know I only have 3 reviews, I don't know why that is, but that's all I have.

What's, weirdly, upsetting is 66 people returned my book. I don't think I have ever returned a book in my life. Though, there were a few that I threw out rather than inflict on a charity shop.
I am sure you can be a bit more 'persuasive' with family and friends and those new readers on here to write a few lines for you
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Old 27.01.2012, 13:48
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I am sure you can be a bit more 'persuasive' with family and friends and those new readers on here to write a few lines for you
There is the remote possibility that none of my family and friends bought it and I have to rely on the kindness of strangers!
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All on Amazon. 1022 now. I know I only have 3 reviews, I don't know why that is, but that's all I have.

What's, weirdly, upsetting is 66 people returned my book. I don't think I have ever returned a book in my life. Though, there were a few that I threw out rather than inflict on a charity shop.
Do people buy and return to basically get it for free?

Anyway, kudos to you. One of my life's ambitions is to get a decent comedy script written.
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There is the remote possibility that none of my family and friends bought it and I have to rely on the kindness of strangers!
I'd find new family and friends then!
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Old 27.01.2012, 13:53
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Anyway, kudos to you. One of my life's ambitions is to get a decent comedy script written.
You know what? It starts off creative and then turns into simple, hard graft. Then you write the last 20,000 words in a week.

There's easier ways to make a buck, I'm telling' ya...
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Sure, but rather be fulfilled. Bet you feel good.
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Alright - done. I am going to lower the price now and report back with what's changed.
Congratulations!

OK I went online and bought it before you lowered the price. Gonna read it on the train back from work. If it's any good you can read the review in Amazon.

This is a great achievement and something I would like to be able to do one day....
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Old 27.01.2012, 15:39
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Sure, but rather be fulfilled. Bet you feel good.
When it went live (after I spent approximately 20min designing the cover) and I could search for myself on Amazon....I did just that; and searched for my book about 10 times. Once I did my author bio, it felt very real...and very satisfying. After I sold more than the combined total of my Twitter followers and FB friends every one of those sales felt awesome!
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Congratulations!

OK I went online and bought it before you lowered the price. Gonna read it on the train back from work. If it's any good you can read the review in Amazon.

This is a great achievement and something I would like to be able to do one day....
Thank you so much - i warn you though, it is light reading! I decided I would only write what I would want to read...otherwise I would have written a book about vampires...or a rip off of Battle Royale...or rip off of Lord of the Flies (big market, is YA literature...)

Thank you very much for buying a copy. New price will go live in about 10hrs or so, maybe sooner...so maybe you'all should wait a bit.

Try and write your book - little every day, you could write a belter and not know it!
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Old 27.01.2012, 15:48
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Re: Any marketing ideas?

Here's a marketing idea: use Facebook.

I suspect "word of mouth" can travel infinately faster and wider through facebook than through traditional "I met up with a buddy and he told me over a beer that he was reading a good book".

Create a page for your book. Try to get all the Kindle buyers of it to connect (if you have their email addresses). The "Like" button will be buzzing like no tomorrow and if you just manage to put a link there to Amazon and maybe post on Facebook yourself as well with unique content or Q&A with readers...
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Here's a marketing idea: use Facebook.

I suspect "word of mouth" can travel infinately faster and wider through facebook than through traditional "I met up with a buddy and he told me over a beer that he was reading a good book".

Create a page for your book. Try to get all the Kindle buyers of it to connect (if you have their email addresses). The "Like" button will be buzzing like no tomorrow and if you just manage to put a link there to Amazon and maybe post on Facebook yourself as well with unique content or Q&A with readers...
I have done that already but haven't created a page for it yet. Is it pretty straightforward? Tried earlier but seemed to get trapped making a new group...
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Old 28.01.2012, 00:14
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All on Amazon. 1022 now. I know I only have 3 reviews, I don't know why that is, but that's all I have.

What's, weirdly, upsetting is 66 people returned my book. I don't think I have ever returned a book in my life. Though, there were a few that I threw out rather than inflict on a charity shop.
I don't think that is bad. On my apps, I get around 30% return rate either from people who don't like it or want it for free.

Much better than cases of pure fraud I had in another business. Just accept it as a cost of doing business and don't let it distract you or get you down.
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Old 28.01.2012, 23:01
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I don't think that is bad. On my apps, I get around 30% return rate either from people who don't like it or want it for free.

Much better than cases of pure fraud I had in another business. Just accept it as a cost of doing business and don't let it distract you or get you down.
I agree; 66 returned out of 1,000+ is low.

Remember once you are on Amazon or similar then you are dealing with the "great unwashed" & then anything can occur & probably will
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Re: Any marketing ideas?

Regarding marketing ideas... can't help you personally, but I can recommend the forums on the National Novel Writing Month site as a place to get good advice, feedback and ideas from other writers. And Amazon (well, Createspace) is a sponsor, so there are probably a lot of people who have experience of selling on there.

Only snag is that as NaNoWriMo runs in November (original) and July-August (Camp NaNoWriMo, which launched this year), it's a bit of a slow time on the forums. But I'd still suggest having a look. And you might pick up some new readers - I have a blog about my writing and I get more people registering in November (who aren't spammers) than I do the other 11 months of the year put together, simply because there's a link on my NaNo profile (at least I assume that's what it is).

There's also Script Frenzy in April... write a screenplay in a month. If you're trying to turn it into a screenplay, it might be a good idea to sign up there, even if the challenge aspect doesn't appeal, as again it might generate readers and ideas.

Hope that helps!

Oh, and might it be a good idea to put the word 'book' into this thread title? Marketing can refer to so many things... you might get more specific advice that way.
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Maybe something with Apple but watch out for exclusive requirements.

http://www.apple.com/itunes/content-.../book-faq.html

http://www.apple.com/ibooks-author/
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Old 29.01.2012, 19:04
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Regarding marketing ideas... can't help you personally, but I can recommend the forums on the National Novel Writing Month site as a place to get good advice, feedback and ideas from other writers. And Amazon (well, Createspace) is a sponsor, so there are probably a lot of people who have experience of selling on there.

Only snag is that as NaNoWriMo runs in November (original) and July-August (Camp NaNoWriMo, which launched this year), it's a bit of a slow time on the forums. But I'd still suggest having a look. And you might pick up some new readers - I have a blog about my writing and I get more people registering in November (who aren't spammers) than I do the other 11 months of the year put together, simply because there's a link on my NaNo profile (at least I assume that's what it is).

There's also Script Frenzy in April... write a screenplay in a month. If you're trying to turn it into a screenplay, it might be a good idea to sign up there, even if the challenge aspect doesn't appeal, as again it might generate readers and ideas.

Hope that helps!

Oh, and might it be a good idea to put the word 'book' into this thread title? Marketing can refer to so many things... you might get more specific advice that way.
Thanks for this, I will definitely sign up. Could you put a link on here for your blog as well. Ta.
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Maybe something with Apple but watch out for exclusive requirements.

http://www.apple.com/itunes/content-.../book-faq.html

http://www.apple.com/ibooks-author/
I am going through this trial of fire as we speak. You'd think I was selling prescription drugs or something...
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@Marton There is a definite truth to this, so far the swaying masses have been kind to me...
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