Sunday, July 7, 2013

Online Publishing

Nudist Cruise has been out for a week and it already went to #22 in one of its categories. I can’t believe it.

I’m not one of those people who obsessively checks all the stats every day, but I do look in on them from time to time to see what’s going on.
Hailey’s Bali Diary
went up to #4 for about a minute, but that was after it had already been out for a while. A friend told me the new book will sell faster because there is nudity on the cover, but Amazon has lots of books with a lot more nudity. Some of the covers are more graphic than I thought they’d allow.

I don’t know how I feel about that. I didn’t put nudity on the cover to make it sell faster. It’s there because it goes with the story. The cover for the Bali book has nothing to do with the story, so I wanted the new one to be more representative. Now people are telling me to change the Bali cover. I already have one that’s more graphic and will probably be great for sales, but I don’t know if I want to use it.

I’m not doing this to make money. If you want to make a lot of money, don’t sell e-books on Amazon. There are far too many other books for everyone to choose from and Amazon does nothing to promote independent authors. If Stephenie Meyer writes another vampire book, it will be on every page of the site. If you or I write a book, it will only be on its own page.

I suppose that’s the way it’s supposed to be from a business perspective. Amazon makes a lot more money from real books published by real publishers. They will never make much money from anything I ever do.

I don’t mind the fact that I’ll never be an international bestseller. I’m not even a writer. This isn’t what I do. What I write isn’t everyone’s cup of tea – just like those vampire books aren’t for everybody either. I just think it would be better if the people who would want to read it had some way to know that it exists. Amazon would make a lot more money if they promoted more than just the top seller. It’s like movie theaters that only show the same 5 movies as all the other theaters and then complain that people don’t go out to see movies anymore. Hundreds of movies are made every year, but you’d never know it if you only looked at your local theater.

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