And now I know why!
I always thought that once my books were published all I had to do was sit back and watch as sales started to flow . But of course thats not what actually happens.
I only got a few sales on each of my books when they were first published.
Becasue I’m a self published author my books are not in any high street book store for people to find, they can only be found on Amazon. And that’s where they are, all alone in the dark, at the back of the cupboard, way down on the bottom shelf!
Well they were until fairly recently.
They are just beginning to climb up the shelves, but only just.
Both my books have been given away for free on kindle from time to time to try and encourage some favourable reviews. But that didn’t work. Of the seven hundred free down loads on book one and about four hundred on book two, I think I had two reviews on book one and one lovely review left on the American Amazon. com site for book two.
Now that’s sad beyond words and very discouraging.
I was naive enough to think that if someone got a book for free, they would be kind enough to find a few minutes to leave me some kind words. But I was wrong.
I have been told rightly or wrongly that the more reviews you get, the higher up the listing on Amazon you go?
If anyone reading this actually knows how this all works, please get in touch!
Two agents and four years later after I had finished writing, I was still nowhere. I’m not going to say it was four years wasted, because I did learn a lot during that time. That’s when my son took hold of my first book for me and he published it through Amazon Create Space, after my friends and family helped to edit and proof it. I think we all managed to produce a very professionaly finished product, with both of my books.
But trying to get them noticed, trying to let the world know they exist is almost impossible, but I’m not giving up.
I would love my books to get to as many people as possible. People that need a bit of inspiration, encouragement, or help of any kind. We all have down days, we all can become unwell. We all lose our way from time to time and we all ask ourselves many questions about life, and the after life. If my written words can help someone, then the years I have personally struggled with Multiple Sclerosis and personal sadness will not have been in vain.
And the years it took me to write them will all have been worth it.
So...please if you have read either of my books, and if you enjoyed what you read. Please please leave me some kind words on Amazon.
I will be eternally grateful to you.
That’s my plea for this month.