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Why don't Brent Ghelfi's novels sell?


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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012 7:41:13 AM PDT
Cassie Anne says:
That's one of my go-to genres, but the second sentence of Volk's Game just made me cringe!

"Maxim Abdullaev hurls the question through the airwaves as if it were an ax, cleaving pretense."

No. Just no.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012 7:43:05 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 26, 2012 7:43:14 AM PDT
"Cleaving pretnese" sounds like something they might have an ointment for. I'd check with your local apothecary.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012 10:07:58 AM PDT
Often when I read a book by an author I've never heard of, and think it's brilliant, I wonder why the author is not well known. With Amazon it's easy to find out how well a book is doing, by checking out the rankings.

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 12:42:09 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 26, 2012 12:50:13 PM PDT
Leslie M says:
Having no relationship to author Brent Ghelfi whose work I never knew about until last week when I found 'Volk's Game' in the library, how come a book with 4 stars of 5 has a sales rank on Amazon print of #990,287 !!? And most of the available ebooks are over #200,000. It makes you wonder, no. Especially when a rank of #200,000 probably equates to less than 1 SALE PER DAY!

Here's some sobering graphs revealing the bottom line about Amazon sales ranking http://www.fonerbooks.com/surfing.htm.

Anyone hoping to make a living (after income tax) from even self-publishing (where you might get to keep 70% of the sale price) needs to be in the top 100 with a whole stable of books to make serious bread.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012 12:48:10 PM PDT
Whether you have any connection to this author or not, you should give it up. You're not helping him.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012 12:51:37 PM PDT
You are associating unrelated things. Star rating is based entirely on people who take the time to put in a rating. Sales rank is number of sales. Nothing to do with each other.

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 12:55:20 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 27, 2012 12:03:07 AM PDT
Leslie M says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012 12:56:45 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 26, 2012 12:58:24 PM PDT
CBRetriever says:
because it doesn't have that sales ranking:

Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,092 Paid in Kindle Store

and a much, IMHO, book Legacy Of Kings: The Magister Trilogy: Book Three

has a ranking of Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,590 Paid in Kindle Store

with 4.5 stars

so quit yer complaining please

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 12:58:46 PM PDT
"Genuine reader reactions are seldom wasted. Look on it was a market research exercise. Something which is surprising for the lawyer and businessman he happens to be, and doesn't seem to have been sufficiently focussed by neither his publisher(s) nor agent."

I have no idea what you're trying to say here.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012 1:00:42 PM PDT
Just a little advice; you'll get better results if you showed more leg.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012 1:00:56 PM PDT
Because we just don't like him, okay?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012 1:01:44 PM PDT
Cassie Anne says:
You stumbled on his book last week in the library, but now are doing market research for him? Or somehow know what market research might or might not have been done on his behalf?

I don't think so.

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 1:05:26 PM PDT
CBRetriever says:
actually, someone pushing a book has the complete opposite reaction than what people usually expect - too much praise for a book usually guarantees that I'll never read it (last time I fell for that was The Horse Whisperer and I slogged through that treacle as quick as I could and hended the book back to its owner). I still haven't read any Brett Ellis, Bridget Jones' Diary or Dan Brown books for that reason.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012 1:11:58 PM PDT
Laurie says:
+ 1

LOL!!

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012 1:14:06 PM PDT
Or it's one of those annoying college students who knock on your door and ask asinine question or try to sell nonsensical thingummys, but it's all just a lesson in marketing, or overcoming protests, or customer responses or some such garbage.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012 1:18:25 PM PDT
Cassie Anne says:
Which would explain why she just ran across it. It was an assignment, not something she just happened to pick up while perusing the stacks.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012 1:19:34 PM PDT
Miss M says:
Sometimes it's best to do a little market research on where your subject/area of interest will get the most profitable reaction, if you're honestly looking for discussion, and post there.

OTOH, if you were researching the home of the most paranoid/suspicious reaction to anonymous posters with book links, you've probably hit pay-dirt.

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 1:22:51 PM PDT
"...paranoid/suspicious reaction to anonymous posters..."

T-shirt.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012 1:31:11 PM PDT
Miss M says:
Of course, paranoid/suspicious being a good thing! ;)

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012 1:31:58 PM PDT
Anne Shirley says:
Because of your posts.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 26, 2012 1:33:04 PM PDT
Anne Shirley says:
Precisely.
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