Thursday, 15 March 2012

FREE! Picture ebook - 'Slippy the Slimy Slug' by Paula McBride

For one day only - 16th March, my children's picture ebook, 'Slippy the Slimy Slug!' is FREE to download from Amazon!

Just one of my 6 children's picture books on Amazon, 'Slippy the Slimy Slug!' is a cute and squelchy story about four sluggy friends, called Slippy, Frank, Slops and Archibald.
In fabulous rhyme, they tell you, in their own words, what it is like being a oozy, sticky slug!
With wonderful illustrations, that bring their characters to life, your little ones will love the gooey, sliminess of this adorable little picture book!
I would love a 'like' on Amazon - if you enjoyed the story - or even a review, that would be great!
Thanks, and enjoy!

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

What would you call success?

My idea of success keeps changing! I've gone through most on my list below but every time I acheive one goal I NEED to create another!
At what point would you say "Yep! I've done it - that's what I call success! Now I can take a break and enjoy all my hard work and 'success'.

For many it seems to be at the point of publishing even if they make no sales.
For others it's when they make a sale from a person not related to them in any way.
For others still, when they start making good regular daily sales.
Or does success mean making your living from writing? Your book becoming a bestseller? Your name in lights?
Where does your 'success' counter stop?

Saturday, 3 March 2012

How to sell on Amazon

This week someone asked me how I make such good sales on Amazon.
"What is your secret?" they asked.

So I've tried to write it in a nutshell what I do - it covers all genres and is free!

Just use what Amazon has given you...
There are three main platforms that Amazon gives you and these have to be treated as tools to selling your book.
1. Your front cover. This has to stand out among thousands of other books. It's the first thing you've got to 'hook' your customers. It needs to be clear, with big bold type, colourful, but not over complicated and lastly not have too much information on. ie; just the title and authors name.
2. Your description. This should be treated like a sales flyer and needs just as much thought as your cover. You have a brief opportunity to catch the interest of the customer. Use teasers and questions - but not too many!
3. The look inside feature. In a children's book only the cover, inside page and one or two pages of the story will be seen, so make these stand out. Make sure they're not cluttered with irrelevent information, but something that wants the reader to carry on, and buy your book!
These are the three main ingredients that I try to put into action, even though I have a blog and chat on a couple of forums, I'm usually swapping notes with other authors, so not many sales come through that.
Also it's a good idea to write in a definable genre. Having other information about your other businesses inside your book can detract and make you sound a bit of a 'jack-of-all-trades'. People will take you more seriously as an author if you are genre specific.
Good luck in the future with your writing and selling,