Disclaimer: Yes, I am a whinger. Yes, I tend to bitch first and apologise later. These statements are made by me and are, to the best of my knowledge, absolutely true!
If you had asked me two months ago just how hard it would be to get book sales, I would have said “Nah! It’ll be a piece of cake”.
Yeah. I’m clearly an idiot. I had no clue just how much work was involved. I whacked Salep And Ginger up on Amazon and sat back waiting on the money to roll in. It turns out I was wrong. Really, really wrong.
FYI getting sales is harder than being hit with a bucket of dried concrete.
Firstly, you need a great book. Now I think Salep And Ginger is freaking excellent, so that’s one tick in my favour.
Then you need customers to buy it. They’re a little harder to come by. It seems it all comes down to reviews… and lots of them… which is where I’ve come a little unstuck.
We all know that most people choose their books based on recommendations so leaving a review on Amazon is helping boost the book in Amazon’s magical algorithm. A book needs 25 reviews before it gets included in Amazon’s “Also Brought” and “You Might Like” lists and it takes approximately 70 reviews before the book really becomes visible to potential readers.
But leaving a review isn’t simple.
Amazon has this totally extreme requirement for adding a review. To do a review, you need to have spent a minimum of US$50 on the Amazon site.
Now I don’t want to sound like a Negative Nelly but for those of us outside the US, that’s kind of difficult to do. Yes, there is Amazon in the UK and Australia as well (where most of my sales originated); still, they too have the requirement of a minimum purchase (and Amazon really isn’t a thing, especially Down Under). Which sucks! So, despite the surprising number of sales over the past few months, it hasn’t equated to enough reviews to really get moving.
So for those of you who have purchased the book can you please try and leave a review. If you can’t please head over to any of my social media pages and leave a review there. Maybe pop by Goodreads as well. Loved it or hated it, every review helps.
And for those of you who have yet to purchase Salep And Ginger? Get cracking! Christmas is coming and this book will make a great little stocking stuffer for those of you who love Istanbul and Turkey.
Oh, and to my Amazonian master, I serve no other God and am forever your humble servant. I swear!