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Jun 8, 2011, 12:34pm Top

As many of you know eBooks are the new wave, but if they didn't go to print first, how do people find out about them? My inquiry is not unselfish. My own eBook, a Roman historical entitled, "Last of the Ninth", languishes in the electronic ether. Looking for insights.

Stephen Lorne Bennett

Jun 8, 2011, 4:49pm Top

I find stuff on Amazon or itunes. They both usually tell me what's new in the categories that I might like. The Amazon limited-time deals are also a great way to give previews or chapter excerpts of the book.

Jun 9, 2011, 2:29pm Top

Just because it's an ebook, doesn't mean it will hit the charts...particularly if it's by a new author with only one book. The vast majority of ebooks sold (meaning people actually paid money for it) are also available in print. The folks who are making big bucks from ebooks are usually midlist authors who have an established fan base and dozens of backlist books that they own the digital rights to. Amanda Hocking is an anomaly. But even she has dozens of books and promotes them relentlessly through social media. One of the best pieces of advice I read from a successful ebook writer/publisher was that the best marketing for an ebook was another ebook...and another, etc. Check out Dean Wesley Smith's blog and his wife Kristine Kathryn Rusch for some excellent advice on ebook publishing and marketing:


Jun 10, 2011, 10:55pm Top

genesisdeim - Thanks for this advice. I published on Smashwords which seems to still be experiencing some form of technical incompatibility with Amazon. Which is strange because you can download the book in the Kindle mobi format from their - but whatever...

MarysGirl - I'll follow-up with those references and see how I do. Cheers!

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