Why is my Book Not Selling? (via @SydneyWriters and @davidgaughran)

It's Valentine's day, and ignoring crass commercialisation I think it's a grand opportunity to tell the important people in your life that you love them. So I love you all, important people! You know who you are. But sometimes people don't love your books. Today's post is by David Gaughran, discussing in general terms why your book may not be selling. He covers a solid list:

  • Story
  • Covers
  • Editing
  • Blurb
  • Price
  • Sample
  • The Wisdom of the Crowd
  • Marketing

Obviously some of these things you will have heard before: 'Get yourself a good cover!' is obvious advice. But David goes into lengthy detail on each topic, and I think there's value here.

He closes with these fine words:

Whatever you decide, don’t lose heart. Your situation can turn around very quickly. Getting down achieves nothing. Checking your sales achieves nothing other than putting you in a sour mood. And whining? It does all of that, plus it makes you look silly (whining in private though, is fine – my whiskey bottle is stained with tears).

Link here: https://davidgaughran.wordpress.com/2012/01/18/why-is-my-book-not-selling/