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The devaluation of books
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The other day I purchased one of my favorite books for a $1.99.  The author of the book has been steadily on the bestseller list for the past twenty years and has a new book as well as a series…Continue

Tags: marketing, pricing, sales, books

Started this discussion. Last reply by The Literary Lioness Jul 9.

Reviews
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The other day, an interesting discussion came up on Facebook regarding reviews.  It seems that readers are becoming more reluctant to leave reviews, especially for indie books.  I've actually found…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Joss Arden Sep 14.

And speaking of promotion...
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We all know that nothing in today's day and age sells without a huge amount of promotion which makes our work visible to as many people as possible for as long as possible.  Not a day goes by that…Continue

Tags: advertising, amazon, sales, books, promotion

Started this discussion. Last reply by Marlowe, Sr. Oct 21, 2013.

Calling all Canadian bloggers!

Now that I've finished my blog tour here at home, I'm ready to turn my sights on Canada.  Are there any bloggers out there who are interested in organizing a Canadian blog tour or just hosting me for…Continue

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Started Jan 21, 2013

 

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Cold Coffee Press left a comment for Irina Shapiro
"Please come promote your book(s) at the Café: http://coldcoffeecafe.com/"
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The devaluation of books

The other day I purchased one of my favorite books for a $1.99.  The author of the book has been steadily on the bestseller list for the past twenty years and has a new book as well as a series coming out on Starz .  Although I was happy to get a bargain, it got me thinking.  If bestselling authors are forced to sell their work for $1.99, what does this mean for the rest of us?  As a reader I'm thrilled, but as a writer I'm worried.  Why should anyone pay $2.99 or $3.99 for my books when they…See More
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The devaluation of books

The other day I purchased one of my favorite books for a $1.99.  The author of the book has been steadily on the bestseller list for the past twenty years and has a new book as well as a series coming out on Starz .  Although I was happy to get a bargain, it got me thinking.  If bestselling authors are forced to sell their work for $1.99, what does this mean for the rest of us?  As a reader I'm thrilled, but as a writer I'm worried.  Why should anyone pay $2.99 or $3.99 for my books when they…See More
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Reviews

The other day, an interesting discussion came up on Facebook regarding reviews.  It seems that readers are becoming more reluctant to leave reviews, especially for indie books.  I've actually found that to be the case myself, as I frequently get messages on my website and FB page praising the book, but if I go so far as to ask for a review, the readers seem hesitant.  I suppose they feel put on the spot when asked for a review by the author, since they feel they can't be truly honest.Is there…See More
Jan 13

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Reviews

The other day, an interesting discussion came up on Facebook regarding reviews.  It seems that readers are becoming more reluctant to leave reviews, especially for indie books.  I've actually found that to be the case myself, as I frequently get messages on my website and FB page praising the book, but if I go so far as to ask for a review, the readers seem hesitant.  I suppose they feel put on the spot when asked for a review by the author, since they feel they can't be truly honest.Is there…See More
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"Hi, again! Thanks - I didn't realize romance was the main sub-text of the book, so you are right, this one won't be for me! Thanks for replying so quickly! Lots of luck!"
Nov 7, 2013

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"Hi, there! I saw you plugging your book, Hands of Time on the sci-fi group here... and I would really love to read and review it, if you are willing. I've been reviewing books for about 4 years but just recently moved to a review-only blog…"
Nov 7, 2013

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And speaking of promotion...

We all know that nothing in today's day and age sells without a huge amount of promotion which makes our work visible to as many people as possible for as long as possible.  Not a day goes by that Amazon doesn't bombard me with a list of books I might like in the hope that I will stop, look, and hopefully, purchase.  They recommend the same books over and over until I actually do stop and look, and as an Indie author, I have to do the same thing.  But after a while (and I've been doing this for…See More
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And speaking of promotion...

We all know that nothing in today's day and age sells without a huge amount of promotion which makes our work visible to as many people as possible for as long as possible.  Not a day goes by that Amazon doesn't bombard me with a list of books I might like in the hope that I will stop, look, and hopefully, purchase.  They recommend the same books over and over until I actually do stop and look, and as an Indie author, I have to do the same thing.  But after a while (and I've been doing this for…See More
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UK and European Authors

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Aug 13, 2013

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
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I am an indie author with several books for sale on Amazon. My books are a combination of romance, mystery and supernatural.
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http://www.irinashapiro.com
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At 12:34pm on July 6, 2014,
Publicist
Cold Coffee Press
said…

Please come promote your book(s) at the Café: http://coldcoffeecafe.com/

At 4:43pm on November 7, 2013,
Blogger
Anastacia Zittel
said…

Hi, again! Thanks - I didn't realize romance was the main sub-text of the book, so you are right, this one won't be for me! Thanks for replying so quickly! Lots of luck!

At 3:30pm on November 7, 2013,
Blogger
Anastacia Zittel
said…

Hi, there! I saw you plugging your book, Hands of Time on the sci-fi group here... and I would really love to read and review it, if you are willing. I've been reviewing books for about 4 years but just recently moved to a review-only blog (I'm still transferring reviews to the new site)... my url is http://anastaciareviews.blogspot.com. My stats are on that site, too

Hope to hear from you

At 9:07am on September 22, 2013,
Blogger
Jassie
said…

If you need a trailer like this for £15 and BELOW, contact me via bookblogs :)

At 7:49pm on August 5, 2013,
Author
Daniel de Culla
said…

Lovely to meet You and reading Yrs.

Bleassed Be¡

At 10:59am on July 18, 2013,
Author
Charlie Gibbs
said…

Can I ask, do you find it easier to write stories set in other countries? I'm talking about The Hands of Time which looks like it's set in Whitby which is just down the road from me. I'd like to check out your writing as I'm thinking of putting one of my books as an ebook, but I still want to do some research. 

At 10:37am on October 28, 2012,
Author
A. L. Jambor
said…

Hi Irina,

I really love your book covers.  How do I follow your blog?  I've sent a friend request. 

http://aljambor.weebly.com/

At 1:27pm on May 31, 2012,
Author
J.R. Randle
said…

Hey Irina,

Will definitely take a look at your site:} 

At 10:38pm on May 29, 2012,
Author
J.R. Randle
said…

Hi Iriina,

Sorry about the delay. Thank you for accepting my friendship! 

My blog site follows the life of an independent writer and all people, places and things that inspire me! http://theemotionalwoman.blogspot.com

http://www.emotionalwoman.com

At 6:19pm on May 19, 2012,
Author
Emma Daley
said…

Irina,

I'd love to swap reviews. E-mail me at propheticusthebook@gmail.com. Thanks for your comments on my discussion about bad reviewers. 

 
 
 

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