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Subject: Is there a way to promote your bookshelf?
Date Posted: 2/11/2009 1:53 PM ET
Member Since: 1/14/2009
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Does anyone have any tips for someone new who wants to promote their bookshelf?  I have been a member for a short period, and have several books on my bookshelf.  I don't want to give away books yet in 2 for 1 or 3 for 1 deals like I see in one of the forums.

Thanks in advance!

Kathy

Date Posted: 2/11/2009 2:01 PM ET
Member Since: 9/24/2007
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If you don't want to do any deals, then probably the only suggestion I have is to become active in some of the forums in the genres you post.  Sometimes people "get to know" other forum members and go check out their bookshelf.  Also, though I don't know details myself, Games are another thing to consider.  Without a deal there's no incentive for people to jump the FIFO and order from you directly unless perhaps they've befriended you or you've intrigued them. 

Date Posted: 2/11/2009 2:12 PM ET
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Thanks!  This is a great tip!  :)  I've actually decided to join my area PBS book club.  I'll also start posting on the forums for some of my favorite genres.  I have been browsing some bookshelves of people I have seen on the forums so your suggestion makes perfect sense.

Date Posted: 2/11/2009 2:20 PM ET
Member Since: 1/16/2008
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Active in the forums is a good way to start out.  The more books you have & the more varied the better too, the bigger selling authors aren't going to go very fast unless it's a new release.  I see you have some John Grisham which I can tell you after more than a year I still have some of those same titles on my shelf, however when he has a new book come out if I pick it up within 2mo or so of release it'll be on a wishlist & will go very quick.

I started out with about 40 books on my shelf last year & with using the Bazaar to get some good deals I've increased my bookshelf greatly & now have about 10-15 books sitting in TBR on average.  I did initially buy extra credits to get Bazaar deals but now I usually have 5-10 credits waiting to be used. (becoming a boxer has helped add those credits up too as I can get new books for me while getting rid of my old books w/o using credits)

GL!  Starting out is sometimes slow going but eventually you'll always have a few good books waiting to be read!

Date Posted: 2/11/2009 2:35 PM ET
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Thanks!  I was going to look into the Boxer thing, but I didn't know if it was worth the investment.  It seems like it requires a lot of credits to really use it.

Date Posted: 2/11/2009 2:54 PM ET
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Box-o-books doesn't cost any credits, there is a yearly subscription of $8.  I've been boxing for 6mo now & have sucessfully traded about 30 books that way, right now I have about 12 of those books on hold on my bookshelf as I haven't gotten around to reading them yet.  Some people don't find boxing worth it but IMO there is no way I could buy even 1/2 the books I get from boxing for the price, even buying credits to get them from FIFO would cost more & I'd still have books sitting on my shelf that Im not reading so swapping with boxing is great for me as I'm not adding to my limited bookshelf space.

Date Posted: 2/11/2009 3:20 PM ET
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If you have any hard to find or specially interesting books or a book with a different ISBN from most of the same title - you can put those  facts in your signature line and make sure you post frequestly in several forums.

If you don't want to do deals - then what about unpostables you might have that you can offer as a freebie with the order (for credit) of a book from your shelf.  That you can put in your signature line and in the Book Bazaar.

Put the blue banner thing on the top of your Bookshelf page saying what books you have (genres).

write some reviews - spread them over a couple of days.  The reviews most likely will be put up on the home page for anywhere from a few minuted to a few hours.

Keeping a presence on the forums is always the best idea because many of the "regulars" like to trade with people they see around and it gives you an "air" of dedication to the site.

Ruth

Date Posted: 2/11/2009 3:32 PM ET
Member Since: 1/14/2009
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Ruth,


Thanks for the tips!  My speciality books go as soon as I post them.  They seem to be on the wish lists of some of the other swappers.  I think the tip about reviews is great.  I didn't even think about it.

What blue banner are you talking about?  I don't think I know what you mean by put the blue banner thing on the top of your bookshelf.

Thanks!

Kathy

Date Posted: 2/11/2009 3:56 PM ET
Member Since: 8/23/2007
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The best thing I can say is to hang out in the forums more and be patient. Those heavily posted books do go.  I had 4 ordered recently.  2 had been on my shelf for a while and just worked their way up FIFO, 1 was ordered by someone by the Order More button when I posted a WL book.  The other was ordered because I was talking about it on the boards.

A lot of forum regulars with look at other posters shelves before they order from FIFO. 

Date Posted: 2/11/2009 4:27 PM ET
Member Since: 2/8/2009
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These are really good tips that I can use, too. Maybe I should look into the box thing. I only have about 27 books posted, but I do have a list of unpostables. I put it in the Bazaar forum, but I think a constant presence is key.  Great tips!

Date Posted: 2/11/2009 7:06 PM ET
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The blue banner thingamabob:

 

Kathryn, when you are on your bookshelf page, there's a box near the top on the left that says Edit My Public Header. Click on that and type in anything you want about your shelf, then hit the save button.  Anyone browsing your bookshelf will see it.   I use it to list deals that I'm currently running, but you could use it however you'd like... maybe to list your unpostables or to highlight books that you really enjoyed?



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