Looking for a bookI 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.

So, Where’s Your Book Then?

31 thoughts on “So, Where’s Your Book Then?

  • 25/09/2011 at 10:42 am

    Also guilty as charged. Damn,, so many things to have to remember. Thanks again for sound advice Derek, much appreciation

  • 25/09/2011 at 11:52 am

    Thanks for that poke in the eye, Derek. I needed it. All sorted now.


  • 25/09/2011 at 5:07 pm

    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, just stopped by to say hi and let you know that you are right on about this. I don’t think anyone would or should by any book nook or not, unless they can read part of it FIRST. AMEN

  • 25/09/2011 at 9:18 pm

    Thank you so much for this. I’ve been in touch with the woman who maintains my website for me, and asked her to do some updating. Although I have a link on my welcome page to purchase the book, it could be better placed.

    What you said made so much sense, I wonder why I never thought of it.

    Thanks again!

    • 25/09/2011 at 9:29 pm

      Glad it helped KD. The top right hand corner of a website is always the ‘hot spot’ for the eyes when a page is first visited. So it makes good sense to use this fact for your book.

  • 25/09/2011 at 11:30 pm

    I could not agree with you more, Derek. My reading as devolved, or evolved (however you may look at it) into strictly word of mouth these days – or if I happen into a bookstore. Seeing how my publishing company is tiny, I also do the webmastering, and my sister and I split the blogging/twittering/social network stuff – we make sure to link directly to the author page on an announcement of a new author. On the author page there are links to release information, synopsis, short stories, etc – it’s well organized in my opinion – at least for a visitor to find information and works written by a specific author – but they are able to nose around the website and check out other authors, short stories, free downloads, etc. To link or not to link should never be a question. When doing a release notice the visitor should never – ever – ever – have to hunt for the information. Fact is you have about 5 seconds to give people what they are looking for. We just started our blog and it is a subset of our main website – HOWEVER – the website has links abound to other areas to easily allow the visitors to find what they are looking for. Furthermore, and just as important. There is a need to set the link as a new window to open up. My biggest pet peeve is when I click on a link and the page loads in the same window forcing me to ‘back button’ my way back to where I started. I like to click – look – leave, click – look – leave. That way I do not loose my spot on where I started.


  • 27/09/2011 at 8:19 am

    I don’t have a link at the end of the sample chapters (guilty as charged)
    but I do have the links as well as a blurb on the sidebar of each of the blog’s pages.

    As you wisely pointed out in your new post, that is one of the hotspots on the page.

    • 28/09/2011 at 6:58 am

      Did you change the title after deciding you had been too grumpy last month? I Noticed the tab title reads “So, Where’s Your Damn Book Then?” but on the post, the Damn is missing.

      • 28/09/2011 at 9:04 am

        You noticed Andrew. Yes, it’s one of the little wonders of WordPress that a post can carry two different titles. One for the actual post, and one that can be listed by search engines.

  • 15/11/2011 at 9:32 pm

    I have recently ‘cleaned up’ the home page of my website as it was looking cluttered and have confined links to the paragraph descriptions. All links go to my pagein the relevant store. The book covers on my website do lead to other pagesand I have a dedicated shopping page with links.
    I have Smashwords (a very recent addition).and Amazon direct links on the dedicated pages for the Just Us Two and Lifelong Learning;Personal Effectiveness series.
    My blog Rosalie’s Chatter also has direct links. I agree that it is important but also important not to be too ‘in your face’ and to keep it tasteful. Quite a balance and hope I have achieved it.Iamconstantly trying to improve.
    I enjoy you musings and writings Derek.You put a lot into them. I also am with you on th Amazon payment schedule for non-US.If Smashwords can use PayPal why can’t Amazon? At east the UK has an agreement re tax witholding.

  • 15/11/2011 at 9:54 pm

    It’s a bit like a good ‘Spring Clean’ Rosalie. I always think a minimalist attitude to a website and blog works best.

    BTW, the reason Amazon can’t/won’t use Paypal is because it is owned by Ebay, a fierce competitor to Amazon. But one would think that Amazon could come up with their own payment system at least.

  • 15/11/2011 at 10:01 pm

    Hi Derek,
    You asked for it so: (a little promo does not hurt)

    where you can link directly to Amazon/your Kindle

    Actually as it is now the series start with

    A Major in Distress , Deceptions (1810) – written between 2010-2011

    The very first volume is still hiding somewhere in my old laptop. (1802) wr 2009

    The Mercenary Major 1+2 (1814) are my own least favorite as they are truly chicklit. At the time (2002) I figured out that sold best.
    Do you like the cover? Its my oldest son Dax at a New Years eve party. The hat is plastic!
    I based my research on all the Sharpe’s Bernard Cornwell ever wrote

    Major in Distress does not sell well in USA as it’s all about adultery, homosexuality, and even abortion (provocatus), but they like it in the UK.

    Just type in Constance Hampton Jones on Amazon books, if you still have a problem finding me. Sampling can’t hurt!. Pls if u sample sample A Major in Distress Deceit first!
    See you on the Muppetshow eh Tweetshow.

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