Sebastian Cole’s Blog

Is it Better for Authors to Sell eBooks or Paperbacks?

Posted on July 19, 2014

That was the question I was recently asked. And here was my response:

Sebastian Cole

Sebastian Cole, award-winning author of SAND DOLLAR: A Story of Undying Love

The answer may vary depending on whom you’re talking to: a traditionally-published author or a self-published author.

When approaching literary agents, the first question they might ask is how many books have you sold. A self-published author might then start backpedaling, explaining that their books are only available online, not in the general trade. For me (a self-published author), I’ve sold 14,000 SAND DOLLAR eBooks online in comparison to selling… ahem, well let’s just say, a lot less of the paperback version online. My paperback sales are somewhat embarrassing to mention, especially to a literary agent, who may be looking for sales of at least 20,000 paperbacks, if not more. On the other hand, selling 14,000 eBooks is a decent number — at least for me, anyway. Since I’ve had success selling eBooks, I suppose that is where my best chances lie for continued success, especially if I ever want to make USA Today’s Best-Selling Books list of the top 150 books sold each week.

My best chance of making a bestseller list is to run a 99-cent promotion while using companies like BookBub and others to promote my book. The last time I did this, I sold 3,000 eBooks in a week, which was pretty good, but not good enough to make USA Today’s Bestseller list. Perhaps I’d have to sell double that number in a week to make their list.

So to answer the question, I suppose I’d rather sell eBooks, and in particular, I’d like to sell them when I’m running a promotion.

For me, it’s not about the money. Book sales aren’t great enough for me to make any substantial amount of money. And I’m seemingly years away from recouping my initial investment. Perhaps one day that might all change if my career as an author ever takes flight, however. Pursuing your dreams, if you can, makes the journey so worthwhile, regardless of the outcome. Only time will tell…



On a separate note, here’s my horoscope for today (July 19, Leo): “Very soon the spotlight will swing back around to you. Take advantage of this time. You still have the privacy and peace you need in order to reinvent yourself and hone your act.”

Heheh. :)


SAND DOLLAR eBook Now Only 99 Cents

Posted on June 14, 2014

For a limited time only, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love is now only 99¢ at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, and Kobo. Have a great Father’s Day weekend, everyone!

Sebastian :)

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Sebastian Cole at Book Expo America

Posted on May 31, 2014

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to see me at Book Expo America on Thursday. What a thrill it was to spend an hour autographing 60 copies of my novel, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love. I hope everyone who received a book enjoys reading it. I was also happy to run into a few of my author friends: Jon Land, Hank Phillippe Ryan, and Bette Lee Crosby. I hope to be back at again next year with a second book, so I better get busy writing!

Sebastian Cole :)

Sebastian Cole at BEA


Sebastian Cole Autographing at BEA

Posted on May 27, 2014

If you’re lucky enough to be attending the Book Expo America Convention at the Javitz Center in New York City on Thursday, May 29, please stop by and say hello. I’ll be signing my debut novel, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Loveat the Independent Book Publishers Association’s booth #2352 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. I hope to see you there!

Sebastian Cole  :)

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SAND DOLLAR a Finalist in the National Indie Excellence Book Awards

Posted on May 21, 2014

I am excited to report that my debut novel, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love, has been named a finalist in the National Indie Excellence Book Awards in the Romance category. I am truly honored.

Sand DollarNational Indie Excellence Book Award finalist


Editorial Presença’s Facebook Event with Sebastian Cole

Posted on March 28, 2014

I’d like to invite my friends in Portugal to join me at Editorial Presença’s Facebook page on April 1st at 21 hours (9 pm Portugal time, 5 pm EST) to discuss the Portuguese version of my debut novel, Uma História de Amor Eterno. To see the Facebook invitation, click here. One winner will receive an autographed copy. I hope to see you there. Ate breve!


Sand Dollar #41 on Amazon’s Best Sellers List

Posted on March 19, 2014

I was so excited to see Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love climbing the charts at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Sand Dollar is currently ranked at #41 on Amazon’s Best Sellers list and #6 on Barnes & Noble’s Best Sellers list.

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SAND DOLLAR on Sale for 99¢

Posted on March 18, 2014

Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love will be on sale for 99 cents from Tuesday, March 18 through Thursday, March 20 for Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo, and iTunes. Get yours today!

Sand Dollar on sale


Editorial Presença’s Valentine’s Day Book Promo

Posted on March 17, 2014

I just realized which other books my publisher in Portugal, Editorial Presença, promoted in this photo. They placed my book, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love (Uma História de Amor Eterno) in the same shot as The Vow (Prometo Amar-te) and Silver Linings Playbook (Guia Para um Final Feliz)! I am so honored. Thank you, Editorial Presença! I love my publisher!

Editorial Presença's Valentine's Day promo


Goodreads Book Giveaway Winners for Uma História de Amor Eterno

Posted on March 08, 2014

Sand Dollar in PortugueseCongratulations to all of the winners of my Goodreads book giveaway for Uma História de Amor Eterno. Thanks to everyone in Portugal and Brazil who participated!

Rita Lemos
João Marcos Batista Fonseca
Joana Moreira
Jovana Ranito

 

– Sebastian Cole :)


SAND DOLLAR eBook Now Available at Kobo

Posted on March 04, 2014

Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love is now available for Kobo eReader devices. Also available for Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, and iTunes.

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Goodreads Book Giveaway for Portugal and Brazil

Posted on February 26, 2014

Just for my fans in Portugal and Brazil, I am giving away 4 autographed copies of my novel, Uma História de Amor Eterno, on Goodreads. The contest ends March 8th. Click here to enter. Good luck!

Sebastian :)

Sand Dollar in Portuguese


First Review of Uma História de Amor Eterno

Posted on February 20, 2014

I was very proud to read the first review of Uma História de Amor Eterno on Mil Estrelas No Colo. Click here to read the review in Portuguese, or click here for the English translation. I am blessed to receive such rave reviews. I’d like to thank everyone who has read my book, and for the warmth and hospitality I have received from my friends in Portugal.   :)

Sand Dollar in Portuguese


Editorial Presença Announces Love Stories in Portuguese by Sebastian Cole and Cecelia Ahern

Posted on February 16, 2014

My publisher in Portugal, Editorial Presença, published a press release announcing the release of Uma História de Amor Eterno (the Portuguese version of Sand Dollar) at the same time it announced their rerelease of P.S. I Love You. It is such an honor for me to be mentioned in the same sentence as Cecelia Ahern. Thank you Editorial Presença!

Editorial Presença press release


Congratulations to the Winners of the Valentine’s Day SAND DOLLAR Book Giveaway

Posted on February 16, 2014

Congratulations to the 10 winners of the Valentine’s Day SAND DOLLAR Book Giveaway:

Sand DollarDesiree Connolly
Nissie Lambert
Donna Fosbrink
Crystal Sparks Herman
Holly DeBenedetto Carullo
Michelle Lynch
Rose Lennart
Rhonda Gayle Nash-Hall
Maria Petrillo
Willie Scott

I hope your day was filled with love!

– Sebastian ♥


WANTED: Valentine

Posted on February 14 2014

Sebastian Cole

Sand Dollar

Valentine’s Day Book Giveaway ♥

The first 10 people to wish me
a Happy Valentine’s Day on Facebook
will receive an autographed copy of my debut novel,
Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love.

Good luck and Happy Valentine’s Day!

– Sebastian Cole 
www.facebook.com/sebastiancoleauthor

Disclaimer: Wives, ex-wives, girlfriends, ex-girlfriends, and relatives of Sebastian Cole are ineligible [shrugging]. The remainder of the population, however, is good to go!


Sand Dollar by Sebastian Cole Now Available on iTunes

Posted on February 12, 2012

Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love is now available on iTunes for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch.

Sand Dollaritunes copy


SAND DOLLAR Now Available for the Nook

Posted on February 04, 2014

Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love is now available for the Nook.

Sand Dollar


Sand Dollar a Silver Winner in the Feathered Quill Book Awards

Posted on February 01, 2014

I am pleased to announce that my debut novel, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love, has been chosen as a silver winner in the Romance category of the Feathered Quill Book Awards.

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Portuguese Version of Sand Dollar to be Sold at Editorial Presença

Posted on January 31, 2014

Uma História de Amor Eterno, the Portuguese version of Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love, will be available for sale in Portugal starting on February 4th at Editorial Presença, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Sand Dollar in Portuguese


Portuguese Version of Sand Dollar to be Sold at WOOK.pt

Posted on January 29, 2014

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Uma História de Amor Eterno, the Portuguese version of Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love, will be available at WOOK in Portugal starting on February 4th, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Pre-order your Portuguese copy today!

Sand Dollar in Portuguese


Chance or Destiny?

Posted on January 27, 2014

‘So is it destiny…’ I ask, turning around in the elevator, ‘the way our lives turn out in the end… or is it chance?’

Josh looks directly into my eyes. ‘What do you think?’

‘I’m not sure… but something tells me we just might make our own destiny in life.’

Josh smiles approvingly as the doors begin to shut in front of me.

‘Hey Noah…’

I press a button, and the doors open again.

‘I’ll be here if you need me,’ he states reassuringly.

‘Yeah. Somehow I always knew,’ I say, nodding my head with a subtle smile, feeling as if I’ve known him my whole life. ‘I just never admitted it… until now.’

– Sebastian Cole, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love


Perception

Posted on January 27, 2014

“Oh, and one more thing: If I try something that I’ve never done before, something that’s particularly difficult for me, and it doesn’t work out, that doesn’t make it a failure. The fact that I actually succeeded in finishing it makes it a huge success. Think of all the people who never even try…”

– Sebastian Cole, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love


Enter to Win 12 Romance Books & Ghirardelli Chocolate at Book Reporter

Posted on January 24, 2014

Valentines Day

Valentine’s Day is only a few heartbeats away. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate this special day than to cuddle up with your loved one…and a good book, of course! Book Reporter is giving readers the chance to win one of their five Bookreporter.com Valentine’s Day prize packages, which includes one copy of each of our featured books and some delicious Ghirardelli chocolate. Enter between now and Tuesday, February 11th at noon ET for your opportunity to be a lucky (and beloved!) winner. If you’re feeling frisky, share with us your all-time book character crush. Don’t be shy, we all got ‘em! We’ll post your literary loves and lusts, along with the five winners, on Valentine’s Day, so be on the lookout!

Sand Dollar

Book Reporter’s featured Valentine’s Day titles are:
CIDER BROOK: A Swift River Valley Novel by Carla Neggers
I SHALL BE NEAR TO YOU by Erin Lindsay McCabe
LOVE IS A CANOE by Ben Schrank
LOVE ON MIMOSA LANE: A Seasons of the Heart Novel by Anna DeStefano
LOVING CARA: A Love Under the Big Sky Novel by Kristen Proby
ME BEFORE YOU by Jojo Moyes
SAND DOLLAR: A Story of Undying Love by Sebastian Cole
SEX AFTER…: Women Share How Intimacy Changes as Life Changes by Iris Krasnow
THE SWISS AFFAIR by Emylia Hall
UNLIKELY LOVES: 43 Heartwarming True Stories from the Animal Kingdom by Jennifer S. Holland
A WELL-TEMPERED HEART by Jan-Philipp Sendker
WHAT NORA KNEW by Linda Yellin

Click here to go to Bookreporter.com’s entry form

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