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Subject: Okay I'm at a loss
Date Posted: 10/9/2008 9:46 PM ET
Member Since: 9/12/2008
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I have been a member for almost a month now and I have yet to receive any request from my bookshelf am I doing somehting wrong???

 

 

Date Posted: 10/9/2008 9:58 PM ET
Member Since: 3/25/2007
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Tara,

It's hard to say what it might be. Have you added any books to your shelf since you joined?  Sometimes it really helps to have a mixture of genres, even if they aren't books you've read yourself or are even interested in.  You might try going to some thrift stores or other places where you can pick up books really cheap....flea markets, etc.  Run a 2 for 1 deal if you feel like you can, and highlight your shelf on Book Bazaar. Go to other discussion groups and push your shelf there. Check other threads and keep your shelf where it can be noticed....such as the ones that ask you to highlight a certain type book...been on your shelf the longest, etc. Anything like that. The more your shelf is noticed the more people will check it out. Run a thread of your own and use the daily bump to keep it current. Hope this helps and good luck.

Shirley

 

Date Posted: 10/9/2008 9:59 PM ET
Member Since: 6/30/2006
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Probably not.

Posting here (especially) and in other forums can help your self get noticed.

It will help your shelf "sell" better if you get cover images and descriptions for every book. (The links to upload cover images and to edit descriptions--book data-- are at the bottom of every page.)

Subject: Thanks
Date Posted: 10/9/2008 10:03 PM ET
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Thanks guys for the advice!! I will start entering my bookshelf in the forums more often!!! Hopefully soon someone will see something on there they like!!! Guess only time will tell!!!!

Subject: your bookshelf
Date Posted: 10/9/2008 10:09 PM ET
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Hi Tara,

I ordered one from you!

I think things are a little slow because your shelf only has a few books on it and most of the titles aren't by the super-popular authors like James Patterson and Debbie Macomber that a lot of folks come here for.

Just hang in there. Eventually almost every book finds a home!

-Mary

Date Posted: 10/9/2008 10:10 PM ET
Member Since: 8/19/2007
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Also you have several specialty-type books.  (French, Physics, etc).  I'm not sure how quickly these are ordered.  A couple of your books have large numbers ahead of you (SSN 180), (Seat of the Soul - 290) so these will probably be on your BL for quite some time.  It depends on how quickly they move through the system, but even if a book was ordered every day, it would take 6 and 10 months for you to get to the top. 

Book deals are great and expanding your BL will help also.  Good luck.  This is a great site.  Pat

Date Posted: 10/9/2008 10:12 PM ET
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Thanks for ALL the encouragement and advice guys!!! We are looking to move the first of the year so maybe I'll be able to pry more books off the shelf and get them posted!!!!

Date Posted: 10/9/2008 10:12 PM ET
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I noticed that 5 of your books are the only copy in the system-- and at least 2 of your books "disappeared" while I was researching that. See, things are already picking up!

The five I noticed are the only copy: Advanced Mathematical Concepts, The Chili Queen (although 4 hard cover are available), Le Francais Vivant 2, Living Dinosaurs, S/S/M Basic Mathematics, and The Shadow Within (1 also available in another version).

Welcome to the club.



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Matt C. (mattc) - ,
Date Posted: 10/9/2008 10:16 PM ET
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I wouldn't say you're doing anything wrong, but I looked at your shelf...with only sixteen books listed it could be pretty hit or miss.  Some of the books seem pretty obscure, and some already have a ton of copies in the system...those, by popular authors, are the ones that are easier to unload with 2/1 deals or something.  There is a thread in this forum to highlight books where you have the only copy available...which is the case for a few of your books (you can add the book to your reminder list to see how many are in the system).

I have only been here for a couple of months myself, but I have mailed out more than 70 books.  I didn't really do anything special to get most of those orders...I do think it helps that I post a lot of science fiction - stuff with a following, but not bestsellers, so the system isn't flooded with copies.  I do make use of the To be Read pile as well.  I listed a couple of hundred books there, and I can see what is being wished for if I want to move something quickly.



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Date Posted: 10/9/2008 10:16 PM ET
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Hoot Hoot!! I'm super excited about potential request!!!!

Date Posted: 10/10/2008 6:40 AM ET
Member Since: 8/22/2008
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Welcome!

I don't think I have any other advice than what the other members offered you. Getting on the Bazaar and posting deals is a big help. I have alot of mystery & medical thrillers, which seem popular. However, in the beginning the ones that went, were the ones I least expected to go. So it is a hit and miss.

But keep your books on here noticeable.. And when posting characterize them. Such as Mathematics, Language (French), Spiritual, that may help. Let Subject Line stick out by capitalizing. And there are special post you can go to, also. It's below the Bazaar thread. Post there, too.

Well, now that I repeated everyone elses advice, just hang in there. And keep posting.

Lots of Luck.

Jeanne

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I now have till tomorrow a 3 for 1 on Paperbacks & and 2 for 1 on HB's, if you or anyone else on here is interested, I'll extend till Sunday.

I have a variety of books, especially alot of mystery/thrillers, medical thrillers, espionage with Ludlum, but also some Sidney Sheldon & Danielle Steel and many  many more. Check it out, you may find something of interest.

Subject: Question
Date Posted: 10/11/2008 12:39 PM ET
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How can I find out how many books are posted of a certain title??

Date Posted: 10/11/2008 3:48 PM ET
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some time you think you wont get order on book and there it is you do.

Subject: How can I find out how many books are posted of a certain title??
Date Posted: 10/11/2008 3:54 PM ET
Member Since: 8/16/2008
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I believe you put the book on your reminder list.

Subject: Have you tried Box of Books?
Date Posted: 10/11/2008 4:51 PM ET
Member Since: 8/15/2007
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When I first started I was hte same then I got into BOB and it became like christmas here :D   well I do get alot of books but mostly I buy since I have not had time to BOB I think I am my own worst customer I spend more here then in stores :(

 

Ana