The current, though admittedly, very abnormal situation illustrates how having your book as an ebook, as well as print, is a good idea.
Let’s be honest. No one ever HAD to have that book they ordered next day delivered. Frankly, even before this pandemic, I thought Amazon should give the Prime buyer the option of not shipping something next day. It would help all those overworked delivery services. And those who have the ability (car, health, money), once this thing is over, shouldn’t we be going to stores and buying our books if we can? You know, support your local bookstore, maybe even a local author!
Amazon has announced via Seller Central that they will be slowing book delivery to prioritize medical and food delivery in the US and EU. What does that mean for authors and book sales during the COVID-19 crisis?
Smashwords today unveiled Smashwords Presales, a new book launch tool that will thrill your readers.
Smashwords Presales leverages patent-pending technology to enable the creation, management and merchandising of ebook presales. An ebook presale allows readers to purchase and read a new book before the public release date.
Presales are different than preorders.
Click on the link below to find out the details. Mark also talks about a new Smashwords feature: Global Coupons. Basically, it allows you to create a coupon on multiple titles at once, if I’m understanding it correctly. Not exactly sure how that is a significant help, but I’ll have to think on it a bit more.
Very good post by K.M. Wieland. Not only does she note the 4 challenges, she gives you ideas on how to overcome them (or at least try to :))
It’s a no-brainer to put out the best story you can but I also agree that reading good writing is important. And for me, watching good films is also very helpful. I always get good ideas from good films.
Give it a read!
Modern authors writing for a modern audience must be aware of four unique challenges to connecting with current readers and viewers.
The headline for this article is a little misleading. If you look at the stats the writer supplies, 4 (maybe 5 – don’t know the novel “Milk and Honey”) of the top 10 print book sellers are kids books, the other are other books.
For ebook sales – 4/10 are “kids” books – all Harry Potter books, which are novels, yes, but really written for kids. They are enjoyed by people of all ages, but again, the headline is misleading.
And this is just Amazon sales. People do buy books in bookstores (print) and other ebook retailers (B&N, ibookstore, kobo, Scribd, smashwords…)
Interesting stats, though.
Some people love their e-books. Others, like me, not so much. I’ll read e-books, especially if I’m traveling or if the book is a thousand-page tome, but otherwise I like the tactile nature of a good book. I like the smell of the paper. I also don’t like to have to think about charging an e-reader.
Laurence O’Brien of BooksGoSocial reminds us how to create good book description copy – one of the key elements to book marketing.
Step One: Watch this short 1 minute 21 seconds video. Step Two: Use strong active verbs instead of passive ones. If you’re describing a romance novel, for example, use words like: hot, steamy, spicy, scorching, passionate, burning. Use of…
Very important information from Valerie Biel and her wonderful writer’s blog about book contests. It’s a must read or listen to (youtube video/voiceover) for any author thinking of entering any contest.
Award contests can be a good way to promote and market yourself and your work!
At the University of Wisconsin Writers’ Institute in April of 2018, I presented a session called “The Winner’s Circle: Are Writing Contests Worth the Fees?”. I discussed the ways to check if a contest is reputable, which ones are good to enter, and what to do if you win. Later, I took my PowerPoint and narrated it before uploading it to YouTube. You can watch it here.
Short of getting your cat to persuade your readers to leave a review of your book, how do you get people to review your book?
Of course, this is the first step. Anyone who buys your book in front of you, or someone you hand your book to, you need to sincerely ask for a review. Look the person in the eye and let them know how helpful it is to you if they can leave you a review. If you are mailing a book to someone, put a personal note inside the book asking for a review.
Of course, you have that same request (and easy link in your ebooks) in the back of your book. That’s a given.
It’s important not to get upset when these people forget or they just aren’t comfortable leaving you a review. It may not even be about you or your book. Just be happy when reviews show up.
Book Giveaways I think these things are good to do, but not for getting reviews. I don’t find people who get free books automatically leave reviews. I think book giveaways are better for connecting to readers. And this can eventually lead to word of mouth sales or at minimal, word of mouth reads. Maybe it will lead to a review, but don’t hold your breath.
So what is a author to do?
We can help each other!
I am aware of two facebook groups of writers through BooksGoSocial where authors read and review other authors.
This group requires you buy a book on Amazon and post the official review before you can ask for a review for your book. This is because Amazon will post reviews that are verified purchases. They don’t always post reviews that are not verified purchases. They will only allow a certain percent of non-purchased reviews.
In this group, you pick a book with the same price point as the book you will want a review for yourself (and you are only allowed to pick the last on the post list) – books that cost e.g. $.01 -.99 or $1.00 – 2.99 etc.
There is also a post for shorter books.
In this group, you are not required to buy a book, but you are required to prove you have reviewed another author’s book on Amazon.
Both of these groups require you to be accepted into the group and that you participate in the group, plus you can’t do review swaps – you review my book and I’ll review yours. Amazon can find these and they will take down these types of reviews.
Both of these groups are for middle grade through adult novels – fiction and non-fiction.
BooksGoSocial also has a group for children’s authors. Though this is not specific for reviews.
Hopefully all authors review any book they read, but these are 2 ways to guarantee you get reviews that are so helpful to you.