This is something most indie authors would have tried at some point or the other. Believe me, been there, done that. It’s a momentary high. The object is simple. You need to get your books high enough on lists to ensure that they are noticed. How does that work? The more number of books that are sold, the higher your book shows up on an amazon list. So, if you can get a number of books sold in a short period of time, you could even climb to a number 1 spot in some lists. For those who haven’t tried this and are wondering if they should, let me disillusion you. It stays up for maybe a day, even less. Yes, you do get a few extra sales, a maximum of up to five, but of course that would depend on your genre, reviews, audience etc, but on the whole you maybe break even or lose money because you are buying (let’s say that ten people are swapping) ten books and you will pay the tax etc on those buys. You will only be getting royalty for your books which are bought by the others in the buy/swap.
Other than being a good Samaritan, and making money for Amazon and getting a few screenshots of your book on the #100 in some vague list, it really doesn’t mean much. But hey, that’s just my opinion.
I think the point of the last few posts was just to help you understand why I write what I write. We write best what we like to read. That was the point I was trying to make. I really wish I could write porn (they call it erotica these days) or romance with soft porn (they call it steamy scenes these days) because I find that is the fastest selling genre. It will be nice to see some money once in a way.
Do you know that there are genres called ‘biker’ and ‘tattoo’ and ‘rockstar’? I’m not kidding. It exists. Yes, I remember, the actual point I started off trying to make before I drifted was why fantasy is not everybody’s cup of tea, but it is mine. I think I more than addressed that, so let’s move on to marketing again in the coming days?
In my teen years and till I reached my late twenties, I would read anything I get my hands on. That’s when I found the suspenseful world of murder with Agatha Christie and Erle Stanley Gardner and the fabulous work of P.G.Wodehouse and so many writers. I flirted with Barbara Taylor Bradford, got tickled by The Thornbirds, looked for Catcher in The Rye because that was what prompted two assassinations, and ended up reading a Pocketful of Rye instead, and wondered what in that book triggered lunacy?
But, this is just to give you an idea of how I would read anything. I would actually give up books during my kid’s exams because once I get into a book, I’m zoned out. I have no idea what is going on around me. Most people party when their kid’s exams get over. I would excitedly pick up the book that I had left for myself as a reward for making it through their exams.
I think I stopped reading anything and everything, around the time that life took an ugly turn. There was enough mess in life without having to read about it too. Since then, I turn to entertaining books. I completely stopped reading ‘Slice of life’ books. Romance had never ever held much fascination for me, though I’ve checked out the occasional porn, but these days, when I review, I actually skip the sex scenes and read the story. Hm…whatever!
I find fantasy, murder, thrillers with a lot of psychopaths and serial killers, horror and suspense, something which is fast paced and entertaining, good reads. As an author, I also get to review books often and I have read quite a few historical fictions, romances and slice of life books which have been well written, witty and held my attention, but I don’t think I would actually pick up one of those books to read. Yes, I do realize that I probably missed a good read, but hey, it’s a phase. Maybe it’ll go a full circle and one day, I’ll be reading all kinds of books again.