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In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jun 2012 14:38:49 BDT
mountainmama says:
Carl, where do you advertise children's books? I'm having a hard time finding anything on the US site that works very well.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jun 2012 17:00:03 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 Jun 2012 17:17:49 BDT
Doctor Barbara says:

"Kevis, I see The Legend has 300+ pages, so it must be for older children. Young teens?"

Barbara, I apologize for not responding to your post sooner. The Legend of Witch Bane is rated as a middle-grade fiction story. So I'd recommend it for children between the ages of 9 and 12. Reading level is around the same as the first Harry Potter book. There aren't many reviews here on the UK site. But there are 40+ reviews over at the US Amazon store. If it helps, you can peruse them to see what other readers have to say about the book. You can access those reviews from my book page below. If you have any other questions about the book, let me know and I'll be glad to help. Thanks for the interest and cheers.

The Legend of Witch Bane

Posted on 24 Jun 2012 18:44:28 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 Jun 2012 18:45:31 BDT
Carl Ashmore says:
Mama, I'll be honest, I don't advertise (paid) anywhere. I have a small group of fans that keep a thread going on the Amazon Kindle forum, I have a few posts on Kindleboards that I bump regularly. Same with kuforum.co.uk. Anything else is luck/ word of mouth etc. I haven't paid for any advertising space on Pixel of Ink/E reader news todayetc (although these are the places to buy advertising space, as far as I can see.)

I think 'luck' has a lot to do with all of this, although I know I should spend more time promoting. Time is a luxury that I don't have.
Carl
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In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jun 2012 21:04:17 BDT
mountainmama says:
Fans and word of mouth are the best ways to sell books, but the US Amazon forums don't seem to be too interested in YA/childrens books. Guess I'll just have to keep pushing my babies out there, hoping the right kid will pick it up and spread the word.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jun 2012 23:36:46 BDT
Mira, how cool is that? Did you do anything proactive on the Italian Amazon site? Okay, I hope it continues....

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jun 2012 23:39:53 BDT
Tagged Noontide Owls. :)

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jun 2012 23:43:26 BDT
Carl, thanks for that. The Time Hunters cover reminds me of The Magic School Bus covers. Looks like you have two books written or are there more?

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jun 2012 23:52:06 BDT
Kevis, no prob. The age is what I'd guess it to be. Too bad about the reviews for Amazon UK. I take it you sell more in the US. It's funny how books sell differently in different places. My two main adult novels are opposite - one sells better in the US and the other sells better in the UK (although US has more total book sales). By the way, besides my Chester the Chesapeake Book One children's book series and Trilogy (The Chester the Chesapeake Trilogy (The Chester the Chesapeake Series)), feel free readers and writers to take a peek at my website where my adult books can be found, as well as a fun book on healthy living after 50.
http://barbaraebel.weebly.com
And to visit Chester or his children's books: http://dogbooksforchildren.weebly.com

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jun 2012 23:54:30 BDT
MM, I have the same problem. I know there are so many websites to do with children's books however. It just seems there are a gazillion children's books being published but the time-honored classics Rule!

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jun 2012 08:53:12 BDT
'Morning, Barbara

No, nothing special, really.

I think that more Italians are getting to know about it and learning their way around Amazon. They'll never be buying books in English in large quantities, but like anywhere else, those who can will probably try to read as many in the original as possible.

The idea of indie books must be very new and odd to them.
I'm not sure if I'm very used to it myself as yet.
(Only kidding.)

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jun 2012 10:30:16 BDT
mountainmama says:
Mira, someone said on another thread that having a self-pubbed e-book available in a lot of European countries was akin to being an axe murderer and no one would be caught dead reading one of the things.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jun 2012 10:55:21 BDT
Absolutely, MM

I'm a huge embarrassment to my family.
Behind my back they probably hint at eccentricity and a mild form of insanity, but not hereditary, not at all, all the rest if us are perfectly normal, thank you very much. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jun 2012 12:13:18 BDT
mountainmama says:
I guess that explains why so few of us sell many books in Europe.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jun 2012 12:24:56 BDT
Yes, that and the language barrier.

Books in foreign languages may not be doing badly on the whole, but that's divided among scores and scores of second languages.

Posted on 25 Jun 2012 12:38:17 BDT
Hi all, I'm a new author and new to posting, would appreciate views on my book "The Tales of Rusty and Ruby" the red squirrels, just published on Kindle, it's aimed at younger children who like a story read to them, though my 7,year old grandson really liked the the stories. Thanks in advance for your advice!
Janouk

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jun 2012 12:57:38 BDT
mountainmama says:
That's true - there probably is not a huge percentage of English-speaking Europeans.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jun 2012 14:12:17 BDT
Mira, well, that's great they found you. Amazon had changed the way they do things recently and some authors mentioned it may help books get noticed in other markets. I did sell one book in Spain for the first time recently!

It seems like it's taking awhile for e-readers to latch on to other countries.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jun 2012 14:28:01 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Jun 2012 14:29:12 BDT
Welcome, Janouk. You have a nice idea with The Tales of Rusty and Ruby. Is that the actual cover? Is the title and author's name going to go on it?

Janouk, I read the sample. Errors and really run on sentences in children's books will stop your book dead in it's tracks!

The writing for children's books has to be SIMPLE. You also need to correct all the editing mistakes - for instance - " We don't know if it is a friend or not". There is a space between " and We, and at the end of the sentence, the quotation mark needs to be outside the period. I'd go back to the drawing board. I hope my suggestions help - I'm being really honest so you can improve your lovely idea with squirrels! Sometimes it takes countless hours of improving what we've done - Charlotte's Web was rewritten I believe over 30 times!

Continue to pop in - you'll get so much support from fellow authors and we're full of encouragement.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jun 2012 15:23:31 BDT
Barbara,

I'm very pleased to hear about your sale in Spain. Trust me, I'm not diminishing its importance at all. However, there's a large British community there and they're probably the ones who are buying our books, the same as in France. And there are military families in Germany, too. Italy is the only country covered by Amazon that doesn't house a significant number of English speakers.

Tell you what - let's all join hands and send out prayers up to Amazon Olympus for markets to open in China, India and Russia. Not sure what's the present stumbling block in India, but Amazon payment arrangements make it very hard for ordinary Russians and Chinese to buy books on line. If they find a way of accepting some kind of cards prepaid in local currency, we'd all see a huge revival.

That's my prophesy for the day. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jun 2012 16:09:36 BDT
mountainmama says:
Hmmm, I'd like to see that happen.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jun 2012 17:25:42 BDT
Thank you Doctor Barbara for your advice and honesty - as you can tell I'm an absolute novice! (Also with the computer, but I'm learning!) I would like the title and author's name on the cover, as well as the picture, but I don't know how to do it - as simple as that! I will re-scrutinise and edit again. I have given myself a challenge for each decade of my life, this is now my challenge for my 70's !!!! Thanks again

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jun 2012 18:38:09 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Jun 2012 18:39:20 BDT
Mira, yes. That would be cool. Australia and New Zealand, too.

Mme, great. Here's the thing - it takes a really long time to get all this going and correct. Most Indie authors write their own books, do all the formatting for both ebooks and paperbacks, design their own covers, do all the ancillary work like copyrighting and press releases, promotion etc. And with my children's books I do all the photography of the dogs (I use real pictures), and deal with the illustrations and formatting of that.

All of it is a learning curve! So roll up your sleeves to dive in but also get help where you need it. If you take a step at a time that would be best. And there are sources for help everywhere!
For instance, get a good photoediting program. With your lovely cover picture you can simply try out different fonts on the picture and start creating your cover. (I use "PhotoImpression" which was free). But again, one thing at a time - I'd start with my manuscript first.

Posted on 27 Jun 2012 18:58:06 BDT
Bumping our children's book thread up. Hope the heat is not so bad today for everyone on both sides of the big puddle - apparently this is a bit of a respite from the next few days which are going to climb into three digit temps - at least here in middle TN!
Even Chester, the star of The Chester the Chesapeake Trilogy (The Chester the Chesapeake Series) is feeling the heat and wants to be inside.

Posted on 30 Jun 2012 18:40:06 BDT
Bumping up the children's books and have a freebie below!

Kids and dogs go together like butterflies and wildflowers!
Chester the Chesapeake Book One
Chester the Chesapeake Book Two: Summertime
Chester the Chesapeake Book Three: Wintertime

What's better than a Chester the Chesapeake book? His whole trilogy of the three book series bundled together!
The Chester the Chesapeake Trilogy (The Chester the Chesapeake Series)
Visit Chester's website at http://dogbooksforchildren.weebly.com

Chester's first book of the series - Chester the Chesapeake Book One - is free today.

Posted on 30 Jun 2012 19:31:49 BDT
Last edited by the author on 30 Jun 2012 19:33:50 BDT
Carl Ashmore says:
Hi Doc and Chester :)

Can I bump the thread too.

I'd like to say I've reduced the price of The Time Hunters (Book 1 of the acclaimed series for children of all ages) to less than a quid for the first time in many months.

It's received 59 out of 66 FIVE star reviews in the UK alone and has been described as 'the natural successor to Harry Potter.'

It's also been offered a publishing contract by a major publisher in Brazil. I'm not sure what a Brazillian readership will make of all of the British idioms but we'll see...:)

Anyway, I hope you may look at a sample and help me spread the news about the price reduction.

Have a great weekend all,

Carl
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