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Subject: Tips on getting book orders
Date Posted: 1/31/2013 7:06 AM ET
Member Since: 8/1/2007
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I am looking for ideas on how to get people to see my books or order my books.  

Date Posted: 1/31/2013 7:50 AM ET
Member Since: 9/19/2006
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Advertise specific series and genres in your signature. If you don't mind doing deals for multiples, you could advertise deals like 3/2 or 5/3 in the book bazaar. If you have books that could be/are used for specific things (ie: textbooks, cookbooks, craft books, etc...), you could advertise those in the corresponding forums such as the Homeschoolers', Teacher's Corner, Cooking, or Crafting forums. That's usually what I do. Maybe someone else will come along with some more great tips. Hope this helps.

BTW, I'm also a mom of three boys. Ages 23, 19, 13. I also have an almost 2 month old grandson.


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Date Posted: 1/31/2013 8:13 AM ET
Member Since: 8/1/2007
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Thank you Pam 

Date Posted: 1/31/2013 9:49 AM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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Well in looking at your shelf:   you only have 13 books posted and they look like heavily posted books.  Personally I'd donate them and buy a few credits.  Actually I'd  read and post some WL books I have to get credits.  But that's me.  If you need credits and don't have any other books to post. You could try running a deal but 13 books isn't much to work with when offering a deal. 

Date Posted: 1/31/2013 12:16 PM ET
Member Since: 9/22/2010
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Right, with only 13 books posted, you will not see a lot of activity.

If you go to garage sales, you often find books for very low cost. Is there a Friend of the Library group in your area. I go to mine's sales and the last day everything is ten cents.

You really shouldn't buy books just to post, unless they are really cheap. Buy stuff you are interested in reading at used book stores, and, once finished, then post them. Also, getting involved in a forum and leaving messages actually increases requests. PBS recommends this. I tried it, and it works. You might also add to the statement on your page, adding enough to make you a more real person then just a nickname, but not posting personal information, unless you really want to.

My page reveals my hobbies--especially living history--and also teaches some history. After 33 years as an extension specialist with a university, I find I still need to 'teach' people when I write or talk to them or post something about myself.

If there is a genre forum that represent most of your books, post comments there. Many of mine are history books, so I started two diffferent threads in the History forum. I think that contributes to requests to me.

Some might say that this is too much work, but I have an addiction to reading. I discovered rare gems on this site that makes posting here a real contribution to my enjoying life.


Last Edited on: 1/31/13 6:00 PM ET - Total times edited: 5
Date Posted: 1/31/2013 1:32 PM ET
Member Since: 7/19/2008
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I've set myself a personal limit on how much I'll spend on a book just to post.  For me, it has to be either under 50 cents, or a book I want to read.  I'll look through the top wanted 50 list before going to the FOL sale. 

I go through my bookshelf at least once a year.  I double check that I have the books listed and donate some to the FOL.

If you add your book to your reminder list, you can see how many copies are listed.  I'll donate books that are heavily posted.

Date Posted: 2/1/2013 1:48 AM ET
Member Since: 8/6/2006
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First welcome to pbs! Another thing you can do is join BOB (box of books). That way even heavily posted books get requested. I absolutely love bob! 

Date Posted: 2/1/2013 6:56 AM ET
Member Since: 1/22/2008
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I second Mary's suggestion about credits.  I'm not sure how familair you are with the forums, but credits are frequently selling for about $2.20(In the Book Bazaar forum),.  If you watch the Wishlist Multiples thread, (In the Book Bazaar forum), and see a few books you'd like, you can get them, read them and post them back and you'll have those credits back to do the same thing again.

Last Edited on: 2/1/13 6:57 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 2/1/2013 8:23 AM ET
Member Since: 10/17/2009
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I run a deal pretty constantly, so I have it in my signature here on the forums.  I usually get an order every 3 months or so from it, and clear up shelf space that way.

Date Posted: 2/5/2013 1:46 PM ET
Member Since: 7/8/2009
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If you're looking for a way to add books to your bookshelp, you may want to consider joing the local "Freecycle" in your community.  Freecycle was created to help people get rid of stuff in their homes that they no longer want and avoid them ending up in the landfills.  If you have something you want to get rid of, you post it to the freecycle community, and if someone is interested, they send you an email, you arrange a day/time for the pickup and voila, it's out of your house!  I've given away tons of stuff on freecycle and have collected my fair share of books that people were giving away.  Lots and lots of folks are giving their books away as they are switching to eReaders, so I've taken advantage of that.  There are lots of readers here in NYC, and I've gotten the most interesting books -- and I can honestly say 90% of the books I've picked up from "freecyclers" I have posted here and mailed.  Give it a try and good luck with adding titles to your bookshelf!