Damn! Why isn’t anyone buying my book?
I had a good laugh today when I read a thread on an online forum about the lack of sales for a certain ebook. To make sure I don’t offend anyone, I haven’t copy and pasted the actual conversation, but have paraphrased it. I’m sure you will get the idea though and may have even come across similar attitudes. Ok, it went like this:
Author: My ebook has been available on Amazon for a week now, and I have no sales.
Forum: It’s a cookbook, and they don’ sell very well.
Author: It’s a recipe book!
Forum: I’ve had a look at your ebook, and the cover isn’t all that good and the title is repetitive.
Author: What’s repetitive?
Forum: It’s a book of fifty recipes. You don’t need to mention that fact twice in the title because that’s not a lot of recipes.
Author: My cover is great.
Forum: There are no photos with your recipes. You really should have a photo for each one.
Author: What????? I don’t know how to do that, and anyway, I can’t cook every recipe and photograph them all. That would take months.
Forum: Writing a book does take months.
Author: But no one has bought my book. It’s available. I checked!
Forum: Cookbooks generally only sell well if the author is well-known. There’s more to be made from recipe blogging if you are unknown.
Author: What’s the point in writing a damn book if no one buys it? I want sales for my ebook because it took me ages to write it! What’s the problem here? I don’t have time to start a blog!
Yep, if you write a book, of course, everyone will be rushing to hit that ‘buy button’ and you’ll become filthy rich in no time at all. Of course! But usually, you will end up asking yourself, ‘why isn’t my book selling?’