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Can Originality Sell a Book?

Harry Potter wasn't particularly original -- see Anthony Horowitz Groosham Grange for a school to teach witchcraft in an otherwise ordinary world. The Hunger Games had precedents like Battle Royale. ...
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Is there still a market for solo adventures game books?

Yes - but it's a difficult market and you might want to check out similar genres The traditional book market is likely declining in many aspects, but there are many similar types of media that are ...
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How can my book purchase get the most money to an author?

In most cases, traditionally published authors are paid by the publisher. They are paid an advance on royalties when the book is purchased. If the book earns out — sells enough copies to cover the ...
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How can my book purchase get the most money to an author?

You should buy whichever format you prefer. Prices will be adapted to cover cost. In the end, authors will earn the same. You should not buy from Amazon, when a book is available elsewhere too, as ...
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Increasing sales of my Kindle ebook

I can give you my personal experience. I wrote The Darkest Wand, Memoirs from Special Education, and Father Pimp. None of them are best sellers, but 2 made it to the top 50 list while on sale for free....
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Is there still a market for solo adventures game books?

The New York Times ran an obituary for R.A. Montgomery, creator of the Choose Your Own Adventure book series, that referred briefly to the state of the market. Bantam Doubleday Dell, by then a ...
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In which countries do printed fantasy novels sell the most?

This answer is mainly speculation, but it's speculation based on what I have seen come out the pipeline from a few nations. Based on the sheer number of fantasy Light Novel series Japan publishes each ...
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In which countries do printed fantasy novels sell the most?

This is NOT a great or complete answer, just the start of one, as it's been unanswered for a bit. https://www.statista.com/statistics/288746/global-book-market-by-region/ and https://www.statista.com/...
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Can Originality Sell a Book?

Originality tends to be judged retrospectively, it is at the best of times debatable and most people would agree that it its not something you can manufacture on demand. Similarly it is entirely ...
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Use of "salesy" secondary titles on Amazon

The data you are seeking is tightly held. Publishers and sellers don't really want you to know this. They even hide a lot of stats about sales figures on books. Some Helpful Info However, I ...
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Should an author have one website or two?

If you only have one book you've authored, it's best to just have the one site based on that book. You should include free info related to the subject of the book. This is to build a following/traffic/...
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How do I find total sales of my book?

Here's interesting marketing / sales data for my Tech book at amazon. I recently paid for advertising and you can see that views of info rarely turn into actual sales. Yes, that's right, the ad was ...
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Which are the fastest-paying literary magazines?

This link at All Freelance Writers - Markets lists not only markets, but (when possible) their turnaround time on pay. https://allfreelancewriting.com/writers-markets/ With the "Fiction" limiter ...
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Where can I find people to collaborate with to edit/sell my work?

You probably won't want to hear this answer! But I think you need to learn to edit and sell your own work. There are hundreds of great writing and editing books out there and you need to devour them....
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Is there still a market for solo adventures game books?

Don't know what use this information will be after the other elaborate answers but... I work at a used bookstore and these types of books (especially the old choose-your-own-adventure books) tend to ...
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Is there still a market for solo adventures game books?

Romance choose your own adventure app games seem to be popular. They're usually backed up with various mini-games like dress up, hair styling, make up, and other things that young girls and teenage ...
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Comics marketing: focus on issues or collections?

individual issues 50¢ eBook ~ $2 printed book in stores ~ $5 direct sale ~ $7+ I'm not sure how helpful this will be, but starting with observations. Your marketing should focus on the one type of ...
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Why would a movie studio pay for a script?

Because litigation is expensive, both in terms of actual dollars but in terms of reputation. Harlan Ellison's threat of litigation was enough to get him an undisclosed cash settlement and an ...
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How can my book purchase get the most money to an author?

Advice from an author: From the blog of Ilona and Andrew Gordon, authors: Where is the best place to buy your books that gets you the best returns for revenue/publicity? I’ve been buying my books ...
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Comics marketing: focus on issues or collections?

You are over thinking it. Do not optimize based on assumptions. Optimize based on data. The marketing focus should be based on the sales you get in response to marketing. Try lots of things. Keep ...
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Is there a way to get historical sale details (specifically geographical areas) on a book?

As Cyn mentioned the publisher may have this information if they're still in business. Depending on the country the book was published in and how they maintain archives for written works, you may be ...
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Do popular books use simpler language?

Writing should also take into account it's audience. You aren't going to write a technical book about quantum mechanics designed for experts in the field and use high level terms and explanations. ...
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Increasing sales of my Kindle ebook

A lot depends on the type of ebook. Is it fiction or nonfiction? Is it the first novel or the serial? Genre or non-genre? The first thing I would stress is getting reviews. The affordable methods ...
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Can Originality Sell a Book?

Originality is almost impossible to achieve. All modern works of fiction have predecessors who have worked in similar settings, showing similar themes. Rowling may be the best-known example of the ...
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What are the effects of releasing an ebook version months before a hardcover?

If you do an ebook first, you may get some reviews that may give you an idea as to whether its worthwhile to do a print version. It can save you a lot of money and heartache. You don't have to ...
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How long can you host preorders for?

Don't know from experience, but a year out is pretty long... for pretty much anything whether it is games, movies, or books. The only time I have seen that much time during a preorder would be for ...
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