I went on a little hunt today. A Kindle hunt in fact, looking for new authors and new books to read as my Kindle needs a recharge. As I follow so many authors I thought it would be an easy assignment, but alas I was seriously frustrated. I clicked on either the blog or website link from the Twitter profile of a number of authors I am following and except for a very few, I was shocked at the number of times I had to hunt to find a link to Kindle for the writer’s books. Many times I just gave up in sheer frustration.
I say shocked as in really quite pee’d off and somewhat annoyed in fact. I wanted to sample some new authors and from there buy some books. But if authors are going to hide their books, well, sorry, you just missed out on a sale. So as I don’t offend anyone in particular, I will say that I finally found six authors that know how to do it, so I have downloaded samples to read. But this was from more than twenty authors I tried.
Book Selling 101: If you have a book to sell, make sure you have links to your Kindle or Smashwords ebook on the front page of your blog or website so people can buy your book. I am patient and probably more so than most visitors, but don’t expect potential readers to go on a treasure hunt for your book. They won’t. If you have so many books published that you need to list them in a separate page, all well and good, but perhaps think about having your latest book on the home page.
Another annoyance in my hunt. All well and good having the first chapter to read on an author’s website, but with no link at the end of the preview is just sheer lunacy. Sorry, but I struck this more than once on my hunt today. There were also one or two that I would like to have sampled, but were not available in ebook versions. Now, for these I’m sorry I couldn’t download a sample. Purists you maybe, but the world is changing.
End of rant, but the moral is. If I can’t find your damn book, I can’t buy it.