This time I want to advise you of some things that, in my opinion, are a WASTE of time for writers. It’s hard enough trying to make any money with your writing, so there are a few things you should avoid—because they are not worth your time, and won’t make you any money for your writing efforts.
Amazon is bad enough, for getting your book “found.” With over a million and a half books in their library, finding your particular book (unless you are a well-recognize author) is just a matter of luck for prospective readers. There is not an answer to this problem, really. You can use social media, but it won’t help much. People who spend their whole day on Twitter or Facebook are not readers, so using those media to advertise you r books is mostly a waste of your efforts.
Listing your books on Goodreads is also a time sucker. My novels have been listed on that forum for YEARS, and nobody has reviewed them. The reason could be that my books are no good. But, they do sell rather well on Amazon, so I have to think, for my own peace of mine, that there are just too many books on Goodreads for people to find yours.
My books were first listed as ebooks on Amazon, the parent of the Kindle (which I believe to be the greatest boon to readers since the invention of the printing press). But, people kept urging me to post my books on Barnes & Noble’s “Nook.” I had to drop out of KDP in order to place my books on other platforms. In several years on Nook, I have sold a total of “TWO” books on Nook, so don’t bother with it.
The same thing applies to having your books published as paperbacks. You won’t make any money from paperbacks, because printing is so expensive, even POD (printing on demand). 80% of readers now use an electronic method to read, a Kindle, Android, iPad, or some other device, even your iPhone. You have to make the cost of paperbacks so high, nobody will buy them. In the years I have been on Amazon, I have sold less than a half dozen paperbacks, and hundreds of ebooks. I have an advantage because I am proficient in the use of Photoshop so I can prepare my own covers. If you had to pay for formatting and buying a cover, you’d never recoup that money.
You might go through the hard process of formatting your book and have it printed, in order to give to friends as gifts, but it is not worth the trouble if your purpose is to sell books and make a few bucks. Writing is hard work. Even at best, you won’t make as much as the guy who picks up your garbage. But you should get SOME reward, for all your efforts. Avoid those things that use time, and don’t make money, and which take time from what you should be doing – writing the next best seller.