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I listen to lots of podcasts by authors who talk openly about their experiences with trying to sell their work and watching friends do the same, and while it seems there are many things that these, and other authors do to make sure people know what they're working with and that their books are available, still so many wonderful books just never get "discovered" by the mainstream. They say luck has an awful lot to do with it--luck and timing. But when I see a novel like Christopher Moore's Bloodsucking Fiends
--a fantastic vampire book that's part of a series--get relatively ignored since it came out in the 90s, and even during the "vampire craze" of a few years ago, I have to wonder just how significant a role luck actually plays in the marketing and promotion process. Books just like this one, but less well-written, less funny, less everything, have sold like hotcakes, but still it seems like Moore's series never got the attention it logically should have. What are your experiences with luck in selling your books? Have you done literally everything you can to sell a work only to see it sit there for years?
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I haven't started selling books yet but I am planning to. I got some great tips from Smarshwords and I am planning to apply them when I begin making my book. Maybe authors just jump into publishing without really understanding the whole process and are not able to identify their niche yet that is why some great books just get ignored.