Does Social Media Sell Books?

Does Social Media Sell Books?

Are you using social media to sell your books? After many years of being active on social media, and having accumulated reasonable followings, I’d have to say that the answer to this question is no, not directly. I don’t know how many times a day I see, ‘Check out my book’, ‘You’re invited to an event’, or ‘Download my book for free.’ My reaction to these messages, which for me number in their hundreds every day, is to ignore them completely. Exactly the same as most people do I think. However, social media offers the logical temptation to sell stuff, especially to those who are new or inexperienced. After all,

My Book Isn’t Selling

My Book Isn’t Selling

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

The Acquisitive Author

The Acquisitive Author

It started quite slowly a couple of years ago, but unfortunately it has now become a pandemic. The insidious contagion? The acquisitive author affliction. Self publishing has given absolutely anyone the right to write, be published and be read. The gatekeepers have been removed and without exaggeration, it has delivered the basic right of freedom of expression to everyone. However, as with any freedom, there will always be those who either misunderstand it, or abuse it, and then ruin it for everyone. The rise and rise of greedy, money-hungry, demanding and quite honestly, pain in the butt self published writers, who think that because they have written a book, millions

Free Ebooks Are Not A New Idea

Free Ebooks

The issue of free book promotion on Kindle seems to have many scratching their heads. While I have read numerous times that some are worried about giving away their work for nothing, it is worth remembering that free books are not a new idea. In fact it is a very old idea and one the book publishing industry has been using for almost ever. As an English teacher, I am offered free text books by the dozens each year. When I was a teacher trainer, it was by the hundreds each year. Text book sales are driven by getting the right people to use or recommend them. Hence, teachers, principals,