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If you don’t have much money and time for promotion or are not a celebrity with hundreds of thousands of followers then don’t waste your time putting words to paper unless you are merely doing it for the fun of it or to improve your writing skills.

It is very easy to self publish these days and get your digital book in print. It is another matter trying to get someone to find or even read it. Due to automatic placement algorithms and human placement which costs an arm and a leg a simple title will not be listed alphabetically in a title printout.

I used simple titles like Common Sense, Modern Parenting, Human Nature, etc. and none of them appear in alphabetical order according to title. Scientific Thesaurus and Loveall do appear first in alphabetical order but they are unique titles which ordinary humans would not even think of.

Searching under my name brings up all the self published books.

Putting your self published book in the Amazon Prime category and having humans read it for free is an option but the results are unsatisfying. As time passes fewer and fewer humans enjoy reading so you are yearly appealing to a smaller and smaller audience.

It is the same old system all over again. You need a powerful connection or publisher with money who will promote your hopefully hot title and content with mass appeal. If you don’t have such a money daddy backing you then you are frankly lost in the woods with no way out!!!

Are there any exceptions to these fundamental facts of life? Maybe there are but I don’t see anyone bragging in public that they have become author celebrities or made more than a handful of dollars with pure self publishing and no financial backing or without the right connections.

A literary agent or connection may be a worthwhile investment of your time who may give you advice for free but I doubt it. Frankly I haven’t tried it because my books are not with mass appeal and most agents want what they call a hook which will grab readers and follow up books in the works if the first one miraculously succeeds.

Beware of vanity publishers and if they ask for any money up front then they are probably just trying to scam you for all that they can suck out of you money wise.


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Is there a guarantee that if you input the exact title name that your e-book will appear first on the search page? No. A few of my unique titles do but most are lost in the shuffle or Amazon placement algorithm.

If you use your computer and input e-book followed by the title then you will get slightly better placement results. However, I used a different computer than my own and got poorer placement results so I suspect that Amazon is fine tuning the search results to the author’s computer.

When I first published my e-books in 2011, about 17 of them, I sold an average of 3 to 4 a month. Today, I am selling two to three a year so it seems that the placement of the books is constantly changing and gets worse the older that your book publishing date is.

Key words, ISBN number, and customer reviews of your e-books appear to have no different effects on the placement of your e-book when it is searched for.

I strongly suspect that money and a biased editorial staff at Amazon is the prime determining factor in the placement of your e-book in their search engine. Blockbuster celebrity books appear first and I am not sure what money deals Amazon makes with book publishers themselves to get better placement.

In three years after publishing 17 e-books I have made about $100 from selling them. Not very encouraging statistics for the independent e-book self-publisher!!!!!! I also published with Barnes and Noble and got similar results.

It seems that celebrities with a hundred thousand followers are the only ones making money in the book publishing business these days unless you have written an overpriced text book which many schools are using.

Reading is also becoming a lost pastime with the younger generation so it seems that most book authoring will be a dead financially unrewarding profession in the near future.

Rare inventive authors create buzz for their book and reach over a hundred thousand potential customers. However, if you are laid back with a handful of followers then you will make almost no money at all e-book publishing!!!!!!

COMMON SENSE is a revolutionary book of about 800 pages for $3. It appears on approximately page 6 if you search by title so I strongly suspect the book is being censored by the Amazon editorial staff and it is not the placement algorithm’s fault.

If publishing an e-book boosts your ego, improves your writing, or if you want to leave a legacy for your offspring and grandchildren then it is not a total waste of time.

If you liked this evergreen truth blog then read more of them and one or more of my evergreen truth books, especially COMMON SENSE, rays of truth in a human world filled with myths and deceptions.