The Five Key Parts to a great selling book
Good Blurbs - Great blurbs help sell books. We just examined in the last chapter about power words and key wording phrases that can catapult your sales. Writing a good blurb about what the book is about is essential in getting the reader to investigate the book further by looking inside.
I've seen many blurbs that don't do the book justice and cost the author sales in the end. It is in your best interest as an Author to make sure that the blurb on your book is written to hook the reader into looking in the look inside section.
Spend the time necessary to make your blurb complete. Pretend you are a book reader browsing for a good book to read. When you have that blurb written perfectly, you will know it.
Ask someone else to look at your blurb to get their opinion. Since you are the author of the book, only you will know whether your blurb is perfected to help sell that book but its always good to get opinions from others because you might miss something that they caught.
You can use some of the lesson you learned out of the last chapter to help you write a great blurb for that book.
Beautiful Book Covers - To draw a reader's interest inside your book and possibly making that sale you most definitely need a great looking cover on the front of the book. People buy what attracts them. You only have so many seconds to hook that buyer into making the purchase for your book. A good-looking book cover helps that process.
This is where many people seek out professional book cover designers and pay them to make their covers. The costs are minimal and the results can be fantastic, but if you have the skills to design your own covers in a photo-editing program such as Photoshop, then take the leap.
A few things to consider on your covers if you design them yourself;
Use basic Fonts on the cover.
Only use what is needed and never clutter the cover.
Make sure your Title is readable at the thumbnail view.
Use an appealing image that attracts attention.
Use an image that relates to the content in your book.
Resize it to 600 by 800 dimensions
Edit the image first to make it more appealing by cropping or color correction.
Give yourself plenty of space to add the title, your name and some other information about the book.
If you use an image from the Internet, be sure you purchased the rights to use it or you could risk being sued.
Design several covers and compare them next to each other to get the best one for your new book.
Look at other book covers in your niche and compare your new cover to their covers to see where yours will stand.
The Perfect Title - The fewer words that you use make a Title look better on a book. They are easier to remember too. When you create the title of your book, try to keep it at a minimum of four words or less.
Spend some time thinking about the story in your book. You want the title to relate to the story inside your book just as much as the new cover relates to the story.
Your goal is to try to blend everything about the book into each other. Some of the best sellers on the market have only one word or two and are producing sales through the roof!
The Content Inside - You want the story inside your book to be what readers are searching for to read. A great story will sell if properly formatted, correctly spelled and grammar is excellent.
Look at best sellers on Amazon to get ideas on what to write about. As I stated above, you have to write what the readers want to read. Readers leave great reviews on books that perfectly blend together in all five parts. Those great reviews help sell more of those great books!
The very first chapter in a book should draw the reader inside the book. A first chapter with a car chase scene going through the city of Los Angeles with guns blazing would most certainly pull a potential reader into the book.
A first chapter with a devastating car crash into another one with people needing to be rescued would draw readers inside the book.
Great books lure the readers in by starting out with interesting stories that sell the reader into purchasing the book. That is a key to getting many sales from what you write about. A good tip to writing a great story is to write from your heart and soul.
Continue with that process until you complete the story! Never write with the idea of making money in your mind. If you write stories for books that way, you're going to fail!
The Best Price for Books - What is the ideal price range to get customers to pay your price? That question has always been opened for debate. Many will argue over pricing for all eternity!
A great standard to use is right here below;
10,000 words or less, -.99 --$1.99
40,000 words or less. - $2.99 or below
40,000 words to 80,000 words. - $2.99 - $3.99
over 80,000 words. - $2.99 - $4.99
over 150,000 words. $4.99 or higher
Many Authors play with their prices to generate sales. There is no perfected price strategy for each and every book available. Each book online will carry its own value either due to the content in the book or the amount of important information the book might contain.
Some Authors feel that the amount off words and pages in their fiction books plays a role in how they work out their pricing strategy.
You might have to play with your price to generate the sales. Many will do that often trying to find that sweet spot that sells the most books. Choose a competitive price and stick to it.
Many authors will take less on their prices to sell more books but they have to make tons of sales to catch up with the higher prices that would take less sales. You might have to swap one evil for another one. The idea is to find the price that works for you.
If you're not selling any books or only a few at any price range, then you're either not marketing correctly or there is little interest in your book. Maybe there is something inside your book or about the book that can be corrected. Always take a good look at your books to find the answers or solve the problems for the reasons why they aren't moving off the shelf.
By using the information outlined above, you should be able to get those books to sell. Always remember that you have to place the marketing aspect into the mix as well to get reader's eyes on those books.
About the AuthorBM Master
Computer Information Systems degree, Retired Networking Analyst, Management Professional, Micro-Stock Photographer, Author,eBook Marketing. The rest of what time I have left is for rest, sleep, fishing, hunting or other outdoor activities. Sometimes I may have to swap one for the other.