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How to Increase Sales at Apple iBooks | Lindsay Buroker

Before I jump into this post, I have to disclose that Apple is my #4 earner and that while I always sell books there, I’m not a rock star by any means. (For me, sales at Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble always come out ahead.) Buuut, I’ve started to upload directly to Apple, and I plan to put more effort into getting on the radar with iBooks readers in 2016. I chatted with a rep from Apple and got some tips, and I also took notes at a “sell more ebooks at Apple” panel this summer at the RWA con. (The authors hosting it were rock stars on iBooks, with some outselling even the big Amazon kahuna.)

So this post is a summary/best practices from my notes. I hope you’ll find the information helpful. If you’ve found any tricks for improving visibility and sales at Apple, let us know!

First off, why bother?

Despite Apple being my fourth biggest income earner, it’s reputedly the second biggest market out there, so the potential for growth may be much more than at Kobo and B&N.

Also, Apple has global reach. Many of the sales I get there come from countries outside of the U.S.. They (and their iPhones) are all over the place. There are a lot of countries where an e-reader or tablet is too much of a luxury item for the average person go buy, but everyone gets a phone, and the iBooks reader comes pre-loaded on the Apple IOS (Google Play will be another market to watch out for, since they, too, are tied to a phone — I’m starting to get emails from readers who have enjoyed my books on their Androids).

The good news for authors is that in addition to all this sales potential, Apple seems to be making more of an effort these days to promote and sell their iBooks. Beyond adding the iBooks reader to their OS, they’ve been reaching out to more indies and running themed promotions in the various genres. Romance, in particular, seems to get a lot of love there, but there are plenty of self-published authors represented in other genres too.

How do you get on their radar and receive email about the opportunities they’re offering?

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Five Characters from Novels I’d Have Dinner With

8299796_origI’m really big on characters. I love getting to know them, and I especially love when other authors give you opportunity outside of a novel to get to know their characters. That’s why I have a tendency to write posts from my characters’ POV and do a lot of character interviews. So I was thinking, if I could have dinner with any five characters, who would they be?

1) Anastasia Steele from the Fifty Shades Trilogy by E.L. James – well she is an editor and eventually comes to own her own publishing house. As an author, why wouldn’t I want to have dinner with her? Even though I prefer to self-publish, I’m sure there’d be tons I could learn from her. It would also be fun to pick her brain about everything that was going through her mind when Christian first made his proposition. 😀

2) Christian Grey from the Fifty Shades Trilogy by E.L. James – he’s a billionaire and CEO of a megacorporation. It’s not my goal to become wealthy, but he certainly is successful, and who best to learn how to be successful from than someone who is extremely successful, right? I’d also like to ask him some more personal questions, but I don’t know if I’d be brave enough.

3) Amaranthe from the Emperor’s Edge Series by Lindsay Buroker – I really want to know how she can have a relationship with an assassin who had attempted to kill her on their second meeting. It’s obvious to the reader that he cares about her (eventually), but it’s kind of incredible she can so completely trust someone who has been taught to kill from childhood. I’d say I’d want to have dinner with Sicarius as well, but somehow I get the feeling he wouldn’t make a pleasant dinner companion.

4) Brad from Sins of the Father by Melissa Barker-Simpson – He’s a body guard and in my mind he’s hot. I think I’d like to weasel some self-defense lessons out of him. It would also be interesting to learn more about his past and what brought him to where he is. I think that would actually make a really good novel… hmmm… hey Melissa!

5) Kahlan from the Sword of Truth Series by Terry Goodkind – I think she is probably my favorite female character. Anyone who could face the horrors she does and come out stronger as a result is definitely worth admiring. I would have so many questions for her, I wouldn’t even know where to begin.

What characters would you have dinner with?

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What Makes a Good Fantasy Character

I believe what makes any character good is the realism. If I can close my eyes and imagine the character as a real person, and if I can empathize with them, then they are a good character. To me, building a believable character is one of the most important elements to any story.

One of my favorite characters is Sicarius from The Emperor’s Edge series by Lindsay Buroker. He is an assassin and a very efficient one at that. At the start of the series, all you see is that he is a blood thirsty killer. As you get to know him, you begin to see another side of him. I don’t know if you could ever claim he is a “good” person, but you get to watch him grow and find his humanity throughout the story.

What makes him a favorite of mine, though, is that in many ways I can relate to him, especially in his difficulty in relating with people. He has his own view of the world and the way it works, and it’s difficult for him to see beyond that. I also have a thing for assassins in fiction (not in real life, mind you), but that’s another story.

I can definitely see him as a real person, though, and that’s what I love about him and many of the other character in that story and others I’ve read.

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