Wow.- I spend like a half/year writing it, and that is all.....and it's original-
Now how is it I market it? lol ???
You can start a website for it, publish it to Kindle and Nook, guest blog post about it and get reviews from people in the topical field related to the book.
OK- can't afford a site, already published it to amazon's Kindle, already guest blogged blahblah- looking for something refreshing!
Yes, what awards have you won? And spending a half year writing a book is not very long, you know.
You need to follow the good advice you have been given in this thread and if you truly believe that you have written the best book the world has ever seen, start telling people why and selling it a bit more
You can start a free website. It really isn't difficult. Just go to Blogger, Wordpress or Freewebs and follow the instructions.
If you make almost no effort at all on your blurb, cover, promotion or indeed forum posts--why would we assume the book is any good?
Can't afford a site?
You can get hostgator hosting for $7-$10/month (unlimited domains) and a domain name costs about $10 a year. One click install Wordpress and you're on your way.
Here's a tip.
I write book review sites, (hey that sounds good!) and what I look for when I go to Amazon is a few words telling me what the book is about, for starters.
I went to Amazon just now and got told the immortal words "The Best Book you Will Ever Read" - all capitalized, like a title, and absolutely NO INFORMATION at all about the book.
Your first step should be to get over there and SELL your book. Give surfers or searchers something to digest. Tell them something, not just The Best Book you Will Ever read, which tells them nothing.
What is the book about?
how many posts have you started on the same topic - I just replied here http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/79762
It took you 1/2 a year to write what can't amount to much more than a few thousand words --- words fail me really
it is ten-thousand words and unbelievably realistic and no, I did not win an awrard and am not going to be on Conan O'Brien lol. the idea is that the attention span of the average person reading a thread is usually like sixty-seconds (literally) so selling it isn't hard... it's hard to get readers to listen.
ok, the concept,
everyday u come up with some interesting thought, but u forget it!
think book is YOUR interesting thoughts, I am willing to bet...
*holed up in a car for six months intentionally with $10 to start, interesting
*award*, and I thought most hubbers were open-minded and literate lol-
this concept is awesome, and it has received a lot of clout and crowd participation. if u are from Connecticut, u should probably own it already because it is the best + worst of you...
I sell a lot of ebooks, I buy a lot of ebooks, I review a lot of self-published books, and I have a pretty open mind. But you aren't doing a good job of presenting, pricing or selling this one.
Are you really interested in learning more about how to make money from ebooks, or do you just want to keep on starting threads in the vain hope it might work as stealth spam?
First make a kindle version of your book and list your kindle book on Amazon and let Amazon make your book known to the world.
read this thread lol: Is $3.99 too much for an eBook? Will anyone buy my eBook- it's good!
-it's helpful to your pronounced judements and misgivings... do you read those eBooks u buy or do u just argue w/ them lol
(because unfortunatly, I talk back...)
Alright man, here's the deal:
1.) By posting several different threads, saying things such as, "I talk back", and not presenting yourself as a serious, professional author, you are simply dissuading people from buying (or even taking a look) at your book.
2.) Serious authors represent themselves as serious authors. Sentences such as "How can I get you to read my *&(@#$ eBook?! It's so good man..." only promote the idea that either you're still an immature kid, or that you're woefully uneducated. I'm not saying that either one of these is accurate, that's just how the title of the post makes you appear. For an author, when his/her reputation is at stake, each word they write is measured before it is put to paper.
3.) You have not presented this book, nor marketed it in a positive way. If you expect to earn money from it, you absolutely must take the time to learn how to market it. Just focusing on your Amazon page, there are a number of things that would hinder your sales. First and foremost, your description of the book, "The Best Book you Will Ever Read.", tells nothing about the book, nor does it entice people to buy the book. There are millions of books out there where the author claims the same thing, so what makes yours different? This is something you need to show people. Your description also reflects on your writing, which shows very little. Next, the image cover of your book is one of the main marketing tools that you can use. Sloppy, amateur looking book covers only signifies that the writing will also be sloppy and amateurish. Your title, "The Curb and I: The Art of the Homeless", should also be reflected on the cover picture. The cover picture you chose shows someones back yard. I have never seen nor heard of someone who claims to be homeless having a back yard.
4.) Looking elsewhere online, there is nothing that signifies that you are a serious author. There have been no reviews - other than your own - that give a positive rating to your book. The websites on which you promote your book are very blase, and do not generate any excitement at all. Further, randomly posting links to your book through Facebook and other sites is generally seen as "spam", and will be ignored by most regular computer users. As your book is published online, this essentially cuts your potential customers down to nil.
I'm not saying this to be mean, but rather, to help you understand why you are not gaining positive sales. From what I've seen, $3.99 is extremely over-priced. In fact, if it was a free e-book, I would still pass it over.
So, my suggestion is this: Leave these threads be - no sense in alienating more potential customers. Focus on re-branding your book, as well as your image. And educate yourself on the art of online marketing and publishing.
In addition, I would take a second look at your book. For most authors, it takes a lot of time and dedication before bringing a book to market. The easy part is the writing - anyone can do that; but where a true author shines through is in his/her skill at editing. Typically, a book can easily be edited 20-30 times before it's even remotely ready to publish. If you don't put in the time to make sure that it's as ready as it'll ever get, you'll never make a positive name for yourself.
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