Ruby Allure's Books

Ruby Allure's Books
Ruby Allure's Books

Friday, 16 October 2015

A day of learning: what makes book sell?

What makes book sell?

This may sound odd but I believe in sharing knowledge. The more I learn then the more I have to share. Now this is no secret, being an author is not my first profession. In truth it is more of a challenge. I love to write and I love to figure out what makes things work. In my business life I trend and look at patterns in markets, investment and social media. This is why writing and being an author is such a challenge because I cannot figure out a pattern or formulae (yet). So the way I see it: the more I can learn about what sells, what trends and patterns there are then the more knowledge there is to share to help others...

Well last night was an interesting one for me because I had a sudden jump in sales of my audio books. There was not rhyme or reason for the particular jump. I had done nothing differently, other than take the afternoon off work so I could have a root canal. I do not attribute a root canal with being an increase in sales. So then that got me thinking - what is it that stimulates buyers to buy? What's more, what is it that makes them buy in surges? I don't have an answer yet, although, there are a few things I can share:
The more reviews you have then the more likely people are to buy, even if there is a rubbish review. People hunt in packs and they seem to buy in packs too! I have no clue how that works.

This is a major learning and one that I have seen go very wrong for others. Do not ram your book down people's throats. People buy in their own time, yes you have the quick sell technique but if a customer goes away feeling like you have forced them to buy and have felt uncomfortable - do you really think they will come back for more?

Another thing that I noticed is consistency. Makes sure you are consistent in your approach to social media. Make sure that you contribute good knowledge and insight. Personally, I want to help others. As much as I love writing the books, there is just a little more to it. For me, it is the sharing of information, wisdom and insight. It is so simple and that is my motivation. Now if I manage to figure this out - I will definitely share my findings because I believe there is more than enough for everyone... In the meantime, I am going to go to yoga... Talk soon


"An Unexpected Gem"
***I was provided a copy of this audio book for the purpose of a review ***

With the required disclaimer out of the way, let me be brutally honest, I had not expected this little gem. In fact, I had expected my listening would be a bit rough and was fortified by it being less than 2 hours.

The synopsis says the author wrote the book as a takeaway from her evening classes on creative writing. My mental context was ... Community Ed evening classes ...and expected a well intended but kind of amateur product. However, I am interested in adult education, and batter my own nerd head against a giant personal creativity brick wall.

So you have an idea of my mind set... low expectations along with high interest.

Amateur hour it was NOT.

I don't know where the author teaches her class, but Sign Me Up! And bring the narrator. Wow. Two hours of unadulterated, straight up, right on, good learning material delivered by a close friend just sharing the material. The narrator's voice was warm, sincere without any artifact or pompous patronising, and well modulated throughout. The material was mind opening for me, with the right mix of the mechanics of writing exercises, sufficient context that using prompts now makes sense to me, and a sprinkling of the inner heart work of creativity through written material.

This was just what I didn't dare hope for in a how to creative writing listen.

Truly an unexpected gem and a learning and growing experience for me.

A keeper and one I will return to many times as I deconstruct my own wall, one block at a time.

Thank You, Ruby and Thank You, Erin.
 Money Farm
· Frode
"M.O.N.E.Y. is bad? This book is not!"
So Money Farm by Ruby Allure was a surprise! When I REALLY did not read things about this book I review for Audiobook Blast, I sometimes get books I don't know something about. BTW: I read 99% about the books I want to review, but this book I can't remember I did that for. Anyways: This was a nice surprise, and I think it is one of those books that is better the second time you read it. No joke! I listen to this twice before I made this! Money Farm makes you thin, and who does not like to hear a book that makes you think? It is an awesome book, that I will recommend to all that likes audiobooks, and really to people that does not!

Helen Lloyd English accent its the topic like a glow and a hand! Her "lady like" voice is so cold, and clear I feel that the author made this book thinking that Helen Lloyd would read it out loud! That is how I feel those two fits together! The 2 times 14 hrs and 6 mins I spend with her never feels boring or uninteresting! I would love to spend it again, and I will because this book I will hear again, and again, even when it is 14 hrs and 6 mins long! That is saying something!

I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com
What did you like most about Money Farm?
It was an eye opener.
What did you like best about this story?
I like the way it made you think about the way normal everyday life is here and now, and the future...
Have you listened to any of Helen Lloyd’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Helen Lloyd narrated this fairly long audiobook brilliantly. Although the story content was very intense and thought provoking, her lovely smooth voice was very easy to listen to and I thought it was just perfect, a fascinating book wonderfully narrated.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes it was, although it is too long to do so.


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