What's Working For You?

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    Julia N.

    Hi Matthew,

    Welcome to Kobo Writing Life! We saw your question and realized that you're probably not alone in seeking a bit more guidance when integrating social into your marketing efforts. We made an updated post on our blog: https://kobowritinglife.com/2017/06/16/lets-get-social/

    We hope this helps!

    -Julia

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    Rhón

    As I just joined and just recently put my novel "Oakwood Grange" on Kobo, my sales success here has yet to materialize. However, I was impressed by the ease of use while uploading my ebook and the cleanliness of the interface here. What really worked well for me -- and this may seem a strange small thing -- was that the author name field was just that: "a" field, not "two" fields (i.e. first and last name). My name is Rhón -- one word only, no last name -- and this caused havoc with a certain other ebook/POD retailer's IT department and nearly a month of back-and-forth emails with their offshore support teams. Headache. Thank you for keeping things simple!

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    Tara Cremin

    Thanks for the feedback Rhón!

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    marcy Goldman

    Unfortunately, I find that readers go to Kindle for ebooks but that said, as a cookbook author, few of my readers are purchasing any of my cookbooks in ebook form. They prefer print for cookbooks. The ratio is 80% print to 20% ebook. (unless the books are bundled -i.e. buy the print and get the e-book at a discount price)

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    Mark Lefebvre

    Hi Marcy. While Kobo is a digital-only platform (ie, we only sell eBooks), I have been following industry statistics which demonstrate that many of the books in which layout/design as an integral part of the book's presentation (IE, children's picture books, photography books and many cookbooks that contain compelling images of the food or preparation steps) remain a strong PRINT-world product and haven't yet translated into eBook sales in the same manner as "reflowable" eBooks such as novels or narrative-based books.

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    marcy Goldman

    I wonder if that will change. It's hard to find figures re: overall, if cookbooks (in print) have taken a hit due to 'free recipes' on the Internet (from blogs, commercial sites, repository sites, Food Network, YouTube, FB recipe videos). So far, my sales figures have been healthy but I offer a companion 'bonus with purchase" of 4-month free access to my website (which has yet more recipes). I think the healthiest sector of indie publishing would have to be in para normal, fiction and mystery. The authors are savvy and the readers are there/loyal.

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    James C. Hess

    What's working for me? I just joined the Kobo effort, so I have no statistics to report just yet. But several events are on the horizon, so stayed tuned. 

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    Matthew Clulow

    As a newbie and only one among 5 million titles, publishing feels like the easy part (thanks to Kobo simplicity). Marketing is now the mountian I have to climb. I am participating in the father's day promotion and after looking hard to find my listing I see that I remain a needle in a giant haystack, albeit a smaller one. That lead me to paid social media placements that direct people to my listing. This left me pondering Kobo integration with social media...now looking for that.

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