When it comes to what makes a best seller in the ebook world, there are a few important points to consider. First of all, your book(s) are up against literally millions of others out there. At Amazon alone they already have over six million titles quietly mouldering in their catalogue – mine among them…
Take my favoured genres – Science Fiction and archaeological adventure. While the first is by far my favourite, none of my titles have fared better than a few dozen sales. As for the second I did strike it lucky with my Race Against Time selling over two hundred and fifty thousand copies back in 2012. Since then – nothing. By industry standards it was nothing but average. However by Self Publishing standards it was quite literally one out of the box. It was a fluke. I picked up on something millions of gullible new agers fervently believed. I refer to the then widely held conviction that according to the Mayan calendar the world would end. Obviously it didn’t happen. But from my perspective it made one hell of a scenario to write about!
These days I’m lucky if I sell one copy of one of my titles each month, even though like millions of others i’m constantly advertising my works via FaceBook, Twitter and here on my blog. I’d be lying if I didn’t say that having briefly tasted success I want more. Of course I do. I am a writer and entirely human!
One last thing – what appealed to all those who bought a copy of Race? Not what the cover looked like. The story sold itself!!! Click on the two highlighted links to take you to one of the Amazon sites and to the National Geographic article about the Mayan Calendar. Don’t just forget them.