Believe me, publishers don't know, or they would already be doing it. There are ways and means to push sales and publicity but it doesn't always work as expected. And then one day some obscure title comes out of the pack and soon everyone is talking about it, buying it, reading it. To have this kind of hit is the dream of every writer and every publisher. Did you know the initial print run of the first Harry Potter was only 100?
Right now it's all about ebooks. I would love to crack the code for high ebook sales. I wish I knew what kind of combination makes it happen. Any tips on that? If so, please share. I've heard of different elements-- cover, genre, number and/or series by same author, pricing, author networking online, coming out at the right time-- how about quality of the writing? I'm not sure.
This all puzzles me. I've read a few sample chapters of some hot ebook sellers, sometimes self-published, and as an editor I'm dismayed at what I see. As an author, I'm
I'm not sure that ebook success can be predicted or programmed any more than print book success could be before the Kindle changed the publishing world. And as more and more ebooks come out, the opportunity for sales based on timing may diminish.
So what is the key? What is the secret? Has anyone figured out a formula on how to get really high ebook sales? (Besides JA Konrath. His theory is cover and price. I've read his blogs, but has everyone who has followed his advice had the kind of sales he's talking about?)
Here's where I have cracked the code-- making the best chocolate chip cookies in the world. My college son just emailed me saying he sold the 12 bags (a dozen each) of the seconds I gave him for spending money. He sold them all within an hour. Now that's how I'd love to sell my books LOL.
Ha! I bet when you saw my post title, you thought I might tell you the secrets of big sales. Instead I'm as clueless as ever. Snap!
Happy Valentine's Day everyone. I heart you all!