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A few tips for you and a request

Most people harbour ambitions of one day releasing a book or ebook on the world, probably via Amazon. I’m in the process of doing exactly that and I’ve learned a few tricks in recent weeks that I’m happy to share with you.

1) Have a pre-order placeholder with a date in the future when it becomes available. Even though no-one can download it to read, they can order it. Now here’s the important part: when the book becomes available to read, once it hits 50 units sold, the Amazon algorithm kicks in and starts promoting your book more actively. A virtuous circle of sales kicks in. It it hugley beneficial to have 50 pre-orders in place so that from day one the algorithm helps push it up the rankings…which garner more sales.

2) Your pre-order book is visible in the categories you select when you list it. People who search for your keywords or examine a category will have it displayed which can help get those pre-orders.

3) Work on your manuscript in the meantime. Get help with this. Park your ego and reach out to people, nobody is as good a writer as they think they are. For example, I have a bad habit of repeating words in a paragraph. An editor/proof-reader helps identify our bad habits. You can find skilled, volunteer readers such as via your own website or, if your budget allows, paid ones after a search engine query. I found that GoodReads has an active community of volunteer proofreaders.

4) Get a good ebook cover. Spend the money as it is a good investment. My earlier attempts at doing it myself were not good enough. I got a professional involved and am glad I did so. I found my designed on Fiverr. They aren’t all that cheap, but you choose what level of work you need.

That’s how far I’ve got with my book “Did I date you?” on Amazon. It’s the first volume of what is going to be a trilogy. Each installment I plan to release a month apart.

Guess what?

Yes, today “Did I date you?” is ready for pre-order.

I humbly ask that you consider helping me with my pre-order push by buying it today. I promise to spend the money on my precious little girl.

Furthermore, when your book is ready for pre-order let me know and I shall reciprocate your kindness.

So here’s the link to your preferred Amazon site:

US: https://www.amazon.com/Did-date-you-dating-something-ebook/dp/B07L7PJ2LM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1544434659&sr=8-1&keywords=did+I+date+you%3F+grey+knight

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Did-date-you-dating-something-ebook/dp/B07L7PJ2LM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1544434618&sr=8-1&keywords=did+I+date+you%3F

Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/Did-date-you-dating-something-ebook/dp/B07L7PJ2LM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1544434895&sr=8-1&keywords=did+I+date+you%2F

Australia: https://www.amazon.com.au/Did-date-you-dating-something-ebook/dp/B07L7PJ2LM/ref=sr_1_fkmr2_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1544435005&sr=8-1-fkmr2&keywords=did+i+dare+you%3F+grey+knight

Here’s the cover I’m going with:

As always I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

Do you know this person?

I’m toying with the idea of getting my story to the mass-market of readers who don’t follow blogs. My first choice outlet is conventional book format, but failing that I’m prepared to pursue the ebook format, self-publishing if I can’t find someone who shares my vision and can help make it happen. I’m looking for that one person who might be a literary agent or perhaps even a publisher who might be interested in what I have written.

Do you know such a person?

Apart from that I’d welcome any ideas, tips or criticism of what I have written that you care to share with me. The more brutally honest the better.

I think my story archetypical of the modern dating scene and others might benefit from my experience. Many of you have written to me privately voicing your thoughts about finding love via online dating and how my blog has helped them. I’d like to keep this positive momentum going and maybe even get back some of the money I’ve spent on bad dates.

Feel free to drop me a message on: greyknight [at] meanddating [dot] com

Thank you, I’ve appreciated every single comment I’ve ever received. Yours will be no different.