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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: What gets you to buy books?
« Last post by idontknowyet on Today at 11:48:02 AM »
Which raises a question:  Do readers browsing for a next read actually read the list of an author's other books when they open Read Inside or just skip over it?  Is the list any sort of useful sales tool?

When I find an author I really like, I always use the available resources to find their entire catalog. In the old days, that would be the page in the book, but now an Amazon search on author name does that for me. So the page itself has lost some value, but it's so easy to include I don't see why anyone would consider omitting it.

I've heard the more noise in your back matter the less likely they are to click/buy the next book.
People say they get better sales with less choices at the end and to focus on the next book and newsletter signups.
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Breaking Bad is really overrated. It's not a bad show, by any means, but it's not nearly as original as people say. It's a crime drama with an anti-hero. It's a drug story. It's about a white guy suffering when he works with the cartel.

Dark dramas aren't inherently better than fun or sweet or cute shows. Murder, She Wrote is a great show. It's just as good as Breaking Bad at delivering on its formula. It's just a different formula. And Breaking Bad is working a formula. It's a soap opera.

There's actually a lot of cozy mystery TV. It just doesn't get a lot of press because it's not "cool." The average CBS procedural gets a lot more viewers than the average prestige TV drama.

I stand by my claim about risky TV, but it's not that simple. There's more TV now than ever. The stuff on the major networks is still middle of the road. And plenty of Netflix stuff is middle of the road too.

But there's also a lot of streaming TV doing weird stuff. Heck, the three shows I'm watching now on Paramount + are all really dang weird, and it's great (The Good Fight, Evil, Why Women Kill).
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: What gets you to buy books?
« Last post by JRTomlin on Today at 10:49:46 AM »
If it's a series, there is normally a series page, so I may go to that which shows the order. It depends if I am looking to finish a series or just anything by an author I like.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: What gets you to buy books?
« Last post by LilyBLily on Today at 10:19:48 AM »
I do read the pages in the book rather than Amazon's pages. The book will show them in sequence. Amazon will throw in some other author's titles if I search the author name, or it will show the books out of sequence on the author's page.

I have no idea what other people do. I spent a good part of my youth checking copyright dates so I could read books in order of publication and then organize them on my bookshelves in that order, too. I'm fond of numerical order. 
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: What gets you to buy books?
« Last post by j tanner on Today at 10:10:05 AM »
Which raises a question:  Do readers browsing for a next read actually read the list of an author's other books when they open Read Inside or just skip over it?  Is the list any sort of useful sales tool?

When I find an author I really like, I always use the available resources to find their entire catalog. In the old days, that would be the page in the book, but now an Amazon search on author name does that for me. So the page itself has lost some value, but it's so easy to include I don't see why anyone would consider omitting it.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: What gets you to buy books?
« Last post by JRTomlin on Today at 10:06:26 AM »
Which raises a question:  Do readers browsing for a next read actually read the list of an author's other books when they open Read Inside or just skip over it?  Is the list any sort of useful sales tool?
If I am looking to see if they have something out I haven't read, I'll probably go to their Amazon page rather than a list in a book. I am skeptical about how useful lists in a novel are. On the other hand, if even a few people use one, I can't see that it hurts to have one. I'd put it at the end though.

I just went through a mystery author's entire list in a week. *blush*

Edit: I read really fast. I actually wish I didn't read quite so fast so good novels would last longer.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: What gets you to buy books?
« Last post by idontknowyet on Today at 06:26:05 AM »
I've never shopped an authors other books from a list in their book. Generally i skip over that. I will read some of the previews in the back of a book, but usually i just search their name and buy the next book in series or the next book amazon has linked at the end of the book i'm reading.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: What gets you to buy books?
« Last post by Hopscotch on Today at 03:40:49 AM »
Which raises a question:  Do readers browsing for a next read actually read the list of an author's other books when they open Read Inside or just skip over it?  Is the list any sort of useful sales tool?
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Agree with the free days on book 1, and newsletter promos - I always find page reads go up after that.

The other thing you can try is kindle countdown deals on the later books in the series (I think David Gaughran might have a video up on that on YouTube) but essentially it gives you paid sales of later books, and depending on your timing / discounts you may get people buying the whole series.

Of course, countdown deals are not available world-wide, so it may depend on where your audience is.

Good luck.
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Quill and Feather Pub [Public] / Re: What gets you to buy books?
« Last post by LilyBLily on Today at 12:24:21 AM »
I have enough authors I know I like in a variety of genres that it's rare I browse for a new book to read. After that it's generally a trusted recommendation.

I suspect that heavy genre readers work more the way you describe.

This is so true. Reading one short book a day can exhaust many a trusted author's entire oeuvre in a month, and then what? Got to find another author.
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