Put your loving hands out baby and a whole book on begging
Short of selling my soul to the d guy I would do anything to make this book sell.
I published this book ten years ago. And I think its my most beautiful book. I love it. Because I think beauty for beauty's sake matters. And it makes me feel good. It reminds me of something good.
It didn't even sell one copy. Not one.
So, I decided that I was going to analyze why it failed and try to fix things inspite of the fact that it's a light, beautiful book, and only that.
The reasons it failed:
1. Cover character too distant on a tree. Not striking enough. Not grabbing. Too subtle. Means nothing.
2. Ridiculous self-indugent title.
3. Imperfect spacing in interior. Borders on images. Too dark.
4. It's a book about nothing and therefore hard to write a description.
5. I am too close to the product and cannot see clearly.
6. My name was on it. Makes me cringe and I can't promote. Feels like standing on a mountain and yelling please buy my book.
1. I spent the last several days redoing the cover (about 22 versions. Begged my kids to choose one over and over.)
2. I rewote the ending about five times. It couldn't be pretentious, cheesy, whiny, pathetic, flaky. It goes on and on. I finally decided on the one I have now. (no help from my kids here. They refused.)
3. I removed border from images. Made them lighter.
4. Tried different book sizes to see if the cost will go down. It will not. So $19.95 it is. And I believe in miracles.
5. Rewrote the desciption many many times. I settled on t he one I have. Remember, this is a book about nothing.
6. Changed the title.
7. Removed my name.
Some more history:
The video of this book was feautured on Paolo Coehlo's blog for a week a few years ago. Still no sales.
I went to South Africa in 2007 to the Neslon Mandela Foundation, somehow had arranged a meeting with the CEO/head/manager/decision-maker.
Anyway, met with her in order to get her to accept 50% of the profits from this book. The character was created to look like Nelson Mandela, and my idea back then was to save the world through books. We rise together type of concept. I make money as I am doing something good as children around the world are eating from the very books they read.
It didn't work. She wanted stats. Stats on sales. What? What sales. And why did she want stats if I was offering to give her money. For free. Anyway, that's how it works. You have to make money first before you give it away, and no you cannot put their logo on your book until your book is a success. Fair and I understand. Still disappointing.
So, here I am with Madcon's begging song in my mind.
Could you please review my book? I would like to give it a chance to succeed.
I would like to add the reviews on Amazon using the feature available through Author Central. I will have to use your full author name and the title of your book.
Two page view is best. Text is on left, image on right.
Mandela tells us his deepest wishes. And they are far more inspiring than a toy truck or a ball.
He wishes for things that remain, the things that money can't buy, all things that are magical and lasting.
This book reminds us that beauty matters and is still at the center of our human experience. Mandela’s Wish salutes the divinity and beauty around us and within us.
Link to book on Lulu.