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Subject: no new requests
Date Posted: 9/15/2010 7:14 PM ET
Member Since: 8/19/2010
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When I first joined the Club I received 5 requests in 2 days but I haven't received any requests since then. Any suggestions on getting my books noticed? Thanks

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Date Posted: 9/15/2010 7:33 PM ET
Member Since: 2/8/2007
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One can never tell what books will go quickly, but in general I've seen that crafting books like needlework, crochet, knitting go quickly.  Some genres move very quickly - manga books tend to fly off my shelf, erotica goes fast.  Cookbooks are popular here.  Vampire and werewolf stories can move fast (although I had a vampire book sit unwanted on my shelf for several months, and the Ann Rice vampire series audio books are still languishing there.)

You can always see the Most Wished for books by checking out the Top 50s list (click on Community at the top of the page, then click on Top 50s link from dropdown menu, then choose the Wished For Books tab.  Perusing this list will give you ideas for books to post.

Just released books from mega-popular authors go fast also.  Some authors seem always popular - I tend to have good luck with Jodi Picoult and Ken Follett.

I think Romances and older books from mega-popular authors that have many mass-marketed paperbacks out move more slowly here.

Do a search on this topic for past Discussions on it, this subject has come up before and many members have made recommendations!

Date Posted: 9/15/2010 8:55 PM ET
Member Since: 6/19/2008
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Maybe by posting something in the book bazaar...?

Date Posted: 9/15/2010 9:58 PM ET
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Some have said that writing reviews gets there books noticed. The latest reviews are displayed on the home page for all to see and reviews can often say a lot more about a book than the summary on the back that the publisher offers us.

Date Posted: 9/15/2010 10:19 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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It looks like w hat you have left is more heavily posted stuff for the most part and not requested often stuff for the rest.  You could try running a deal if you need to move them out.  I post WL books pretty regularly and find that people will often times add a more heavily posted book to the order.  You've only been here about a month so it might take awhile to get to the top of FIFO for the books you have on your shelf.

Date Posted: 9/16/2010 12:23 AM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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The children's books might be of interest to members in the homeschool forum. 

Date Posted: 9/16/2010 12:41 AM ET
Member Since: 7/19/2008
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Posting in forums does often reassure folks that you are on line and will respond promptly.  Offering deals will also get books to move.

You can add your books you have to your Reminder List (RL) to see how many copies are posted.  That said, some books will move fast even though there are many posted.  Others, with a few copies posted, do not move at all.

It took me about a year to figure out which books moved and which sat.   The top 50 lists did help.  But do note that some books are only wanted in specific formats, such as large print or audio.

Date Posted: 9/16/2010 9:14 AM ET
Member Since: 1/30/2009
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I find keeping my shelf fairly active - adding more books, posting WL books, etc. keeps things moving.  This morning, for example, someone ordered an only copy in system off my shelf, and additionally ordered a heavily posted, slowly moving book, too.  Also, like everything else, it seems to come in waves.  There's been a bit of a run on my shelf the past week or two, but my WL has been totally static.

Date Posted: 9/16/2010 9:35 AM ET
Member Since: 2/13/2007
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I agree with caviglia, that the key is adding more books, etc. When I first joined I haunted rummage sales, estate sales, thrift stores, etc for books -- especially after studying the "Top 50s" to see what people wanted as well as what not to pick up (Most listed books) and a few additions that were wishlisted or unusual or only book in the system usually got things moving and I earned credits quickly.

Date Posted: 9/16/2010 10:43 AM ET
Member Since: 12/10/2009
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I have had books wait for months and months to be found by the one person who wants it.  There are alot of members giving deals on childrens books; so they may not move as fast one by one. You have some really good books on your shelf; so just give it some time and hang with us awhile.

Date Posted: 9/16/2010 10:45 AM ET
Member Since: 11/5/2009
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I'm willing to bet that your initial orders were all wish-listed books.  There's no way you can move up in the FIFO list.  If you are posting an older book, there are undoubtedly numerous copies in the system.  When I first posted, I saw that most of my books had over 100 copies in the system.  Just be patient, sooner or later you will go to the head of the class.  It happened to me.  I've been on this site for almost a year.  I rarely got orders other than for wish-listed books.  All of a sudden, I've been getting 3-4 orders a week.  These are all for my older books.  Apparently enough time has gone by and I am now at the head of the FIFO list for many books. 

Date Posted: 9/16/2010 2:11 PM ET
Member Since: 7/7/2007
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The Help Center has a document called "How to Get Your Books Requested" which has some helpful tips too.

Date Posted: 9/16/2010 6:58 PM ET
Member Since: 1/30/2010
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Posting deals in the book bazaar have definitely helped me.  Also, reading the book  bazaar for what people are searching for helps.  Sometimes people don't want to read through all the deals, and want people to come to them.  A lot of people are afraid to do deals, thinking they're losing out on some credits by offering deals.  But since you're saving on postage when sending out a group of books, you're not really losing out on anything.  I've sent out up to 27 books for $5, which is twice as much as it costs to send 1 book.  I can't remember how many credits I got for that order, but it was several.  I try to make my deals for at least 2 credits, that way the postage is always covered.  I've also sent PMs to people about books they're searching for that I have and offered them a deal.  Also, some people check new books posted daily, so posting new books routinely helps.  If your books don't have descriptions or images shown, make sure to edit that as most people will pass them over.  Good luck!