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Subject: Should I be concerned?
Date Posted: 8/19/2008 6:31 PM ET
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Hi everyone!  Newbie here :)

I just joined PBS last week, but I've already posted 70 books.  Unfortunately, I haven't recieved any requests.  Is this normal?

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 6:38 PM ET
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Welcome to PBS.  Give it some time.  I took a quick look at your shelf, and the popular fiction you have posted tends to have many copies in the system. You will have to wait until you get to the head of the line.  You can find out how many copies of a book are in the system by putting it on your reminder list.

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 6:43 PM ET
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It is not usually normal. But if you didn't post any Wish Listed books, I can see it happening. I know there are many copies of the same books in the system, some as many as 300 or more. PBS uses the First in First out (FIFO), so you may have to wait till your books move up the line. Be patient, you will start receiving requests soon enough. And welcome to PBS!

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 6:47 PM ET
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When I joined, I posted 10 books and had 2 requests. Since then, I posted 12 more books and had 3 more requests. I suppose you should just give it some time. Welcome to PBS!

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 6:51 PM ET
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If you don't get any orders soon, I'd do as Ronda suggested and add some of my books to my reminder list and see how many are available.  If there's a lot of them here already you could try running a deal in the book bazaar and offering 2 or 3 books for 1 credit.  It doesn't up the postage much and it'll help earn you some credits-which you can use to get a deal from someone else if you want.  Some times it's the only way to get rid of the really common books.  You could also looking into being a boxer.  I just got a BOB offer for a book on my shelf that I posted recently and there's something like 50+copies available.  So I'm exchanging it a BOB for another more common book but one that I haven't read yet. BOB is Box Of Books and it's only $9/yr and helps fund PBS.

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 6:52 PM ET
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Wow!  You weren't kidding, guess I have "common" taste!  Just looked and there are hundreds of books!  Guess, I'll wait and see.

Thanks for the info!

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 7:00 PM ET
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Yeah you have some pretty common authors there. Although I saw a few that I hadn't heard of so maybe those won't take so long to get ordered.  But the Grishams, Pattersons, Clark books are usually mega sellers which means they accumulate fast on here sometimes.  I would look into being a boxer.  Or run a deal. It doesn't have to be on your whole shelf. You can do say 3 Mary Higgins Clark for 1 credit or something. 

Also I'd check and see if there's any books you've been wanting that are WL on here.  Then maybe look for one of those, read it and post it here to earn a credit while you're waiting for book requests.

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 8:04 PM ET
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Just to see where you stood on some of the books, I picked 5 of your books at random.  Of these 5 - one book had 23 people before you and one book had 294 people before you.  The others were in between but all had over 100 books before you.  Given that even if 30 of each of these books were ordered every month (and this just doesn't happen on most books), it would still take you over 4 months to get at the top of the list except for the one that had 23 books.  It takes time unless you have WL books.  Then you'll get lots of orders. 

One way to promote your books is offer a deal in the Book Bazaar.  Good luck.  Pat

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 8:13 PM ET
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I've been a member for over a year. I use to get maybe a few requests a month.

I haven't gotten a request in about 3mts now. : (

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 8:13 PM ET
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I've been a member for over a year. I use to get maybe a few requests a month.

I haven't gotten a request in about 3mts now. : (

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 9:06 PM ET
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I started getting more orders once I started posting more in the forum & doing the occational deals.

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 9:24 PM ET
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I just ordered a book from you; it was on my reminder list so I thought I'd go ahead and get it from you.  I've read a lot of the books on your shelf.  I've been a member for 2 months. I've sent out a lot of books (close to 30), but I had a lot of WL'd books.  Before I found this site, I was buying brand new hardbacks and paperbacks, reading them once and giving them away.  I love this site!

I agree about posting in the forums.  Swappers will read your posts and maybe check out your books (I did).  The book bazaar is good too.  If you post there, put the genre of your books in the subject line.  Good luck and have fun!

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 9:45 PM ET
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HI Rebecca,  I just stopped by your shelf and ordered a book that looks really good.  I've been a member for almost a year and I agree with eclecticreader10 (Donna), post in the forums.  Also, join some swaps (in the games forum).  The more you post, the more exposure your shelf will receive and the chances of getting an order will increase.  PM me if you'd like some info on the games, I can introduce you to some of the people I know. 

Good Luck and Welcome to PBS !!!

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 10:34 PM ET
Member Since: 8/12/2008
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Thanks everyone for such great advice!

Date Posted: 8/19/2008 11:36 PM ET
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Another suggestion:

Make sure your books have images, helpful tags and descriptions, and reviews.  More information on a book makes people more likely to want to read it  :)

I've been doing this for my books that have a lot of copies in the system but aren't popular, and I think I've actually seen an increase in orders of those books, so hopefully they'll get ordered from me one day  :)

Sianeka - ,
Date Posted: 8/19/2008 11:41 PM ET
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Yes, I made the same mistake with half of my first 10 posted books.  I figured these books would go fast because it was a popular, well-known author, and was I wrong! - because the popular, well-know authors have lots of people that have read their books and also posted them.   The other half of my first 10 posting was a niche genre (manga/graphic novels) and I thought that those would take some time to be ordered because they were a niche genre, but all of them were requested right away, many on Auto-Request because they were on Wish Lists.

You might want to check out the used bookstores and Friends of Library sales and thrift store sales in your area and pick up some inexpensive books to post.  Or hit up your friends and relatives for donations.  You can check out the Club Wishlist or the Top 50s lists to see what is being requested the most here and pick up some of those titles inexpensively to boost your credits.  (To check these, go to top menu bar at the top and click on Search and choose Club Wishlist from dropdown menu, or click on Community and choose Top 50s from dropdown menu.)

And just from my experience here, nonfiction books are surprisingly popular here.  Especially cookbooks and crafting books.  But also technical books do well and I've had good success with gardening books as well.  And as I mentioned, manga books/graphic novels tend to fly off of bookshelves.  I've heard travel books have success in general as well.  I've had some good luck with sports books too.  Although you never know, the most arcane books will be requested.  I once posted one I didn't even know what language it was, just typed the description as it appeared on the back of the book, and someone requested it!!!!  (It wasn't common like French or Spanish, but some sort of Cyrillic language I think, except they had the book description written using Latin letters and not symbols.)

Oh, and my ultra popular-common-as-dirt with hundreds of copies in the system books finally did all get requested, although they took a very long time...

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 12:37 AM ET
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Go through your cookbooks and see if you have any that you can post.  They get ordered very quickly!

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 3:26 AM ET
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Hi Rebecca

Welcome to PBS and may you meet many wonderful new friends and mentors who will guide you along in this website.

I looked at your selection, you have a great selection a good start. Just keep adding and you will see your books fly off the shelves.

Go look at the Wish List get a idea which kinds of genre people are wishing for.  Be patient and do not give up. My bookshelf is currently on hold because I have a in coming amount of orders. I add every week to my bookshelves, even if I do have my books on hold. i started out with 10 and right now I have close to 400 books since I started in January of this year.

If nothing else go into Book Bazaar and offer a 2 for 1 sale. A 2 for 1 sale means (they order 1 book and choose a second one free. You send them both books to them).

Mine, I like paranormal romances, anything that has any shapeshifters in it, or any vampires (certain arthor I do not like, My taste runs toward Christine Feehan, Kerrelyn Sparks, Sherrilyn Kingston or Kinston.)I love anything with wolves that can shapeshift, dolphin, Jaguar that shapeshift. I love and have read every single title of each of these authors

 I love anything that has Navy Seals in them, or the TFlac operators, Right now I am reading all of Suzanne Brockmann books whether its the Tall Dark Dangerous series or the Troubleshooters. The TFLAC is written by Cherry Adair, navy Seals come from Lora Leigh, Suzanne Brockman and a couple more.  I love anything written by Sandra Hill especially her Navy Seals, her Vikings and her cajuin's.

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 6:29 AM ET
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Hi Rebecca, I just ordered one from you.  We have very similar tastes!

Deb

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 7:34 AM ET
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Jane- I'm on a Suzanne Brockmann kick right now, too.  Love Stuart Woods and Jeffrey Archer, as well.  I'm enjoying poking around and checking out new things and I love the fact that everyone so far has been extremely nice & helpful!!

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 9:06 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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Oh yes cookbooks usually go quick.  If you have some that are collecting dust, get them out, they're probably WL.  I bought 2 at a garage sale for .50/each.  I never used them.  They were big heavy hardbacks but they only cost $3 to send media mail.  Both had long WL.  I had several others that I never used and before I moved I posted them all.  I think there was only 1 that wasn't WL.  I didn't have to move them and I earned soem credits for them.

I definately agree with posting the forums.  I know I check out the shelves of people I see here regularly before I go to FIFO.  I also know that I've posted books that had several copies in the system and they were ordered pretty quick by people I chat with on the forums.  I know the other 20+ books weren't requested that quickly, it was because they know I'm on here and will get the book out quickly.   Plus the forums are fun and a great way to find new authors.

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 9:52 AM ET
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I don't want to sound boastful, but...I joined three weeks ago today and have already sent out 30+ books!!!  I couldn't believe it!  Have received 11 books with 4 more on the way.  I think it was just beginners luck!  But the site is great...all of the books have been in great condition, the majority look almost new.  Interestingly, it was some of the less well-know books that people were requesting.  Plus, I've had a good response to the historical fiction I posted.  I think it is going to slow down now...I posted a lot of mysteries from the 70s and 80s and earlier and I'm probably the only one who remembers the authors!!! lol! 

Anyway...the site is great...I'm having a ball... and everyone I've had contact with has been super.

 

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 12:37 PM ET
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another way to get people to look at your books is to put somthing in your signiture line about what kind of books you have on your shelves, some of the authors, or any deals you are currently running.

i agree to also try to make sure all your books have pictures and discriptions

Date Posted: 8/20/2008 9:28 PM ET
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Hi Rebecca

The Suzanne Brockmann that are on my shelf that is on hold is these

Harvard's Education (Tall, Dark and Dangerous)

Everyday, Average Jones (Tall, Dark and Dangerous

Tall, Dark and Dangerous (Tall Dark and Dangerous series) (Prince Joe, Forever Blue)

No Ordinary Man

Body Guard

Ladies Man

Gone Too Far (2) copies (Troubleshooters

Hot Target (2) copies(Troubleshooters

Breaking Point (2) copies (The Troubleshooters

The Defiant Hero (The Troubleshooters

Over The Edge (the Troubleshooter's

Out of Control (The Troubleshooter's

Into the Night (The Troubleshooters

Flashpoint (The Troubleshooters

Into The Storm (The Troubleshooter's

And I have more coming in mail