Posts tagged “Sebastian Cole

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 — 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. :)


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


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.

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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!


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


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


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


Happy New Year from Sebastian Cole

Posted on December 26, 2013

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2013 was a thrilling year for me. I sold about 9,000 SAND DOLLAR: A Story of Undying Love eBooks this year (which was about 8,999 more than I sold the year before, ha), gave away over 107,000 eBooks in a week, and received over 300 reviews on Amazon!

I’m excited for bigger and better things to come in 2014. I’m finally starting to write my second book. Yay! (Better late than never, right?) The Portuguese version of SAND DOLLAR is due out in Portugal in February. (I can’t wait to see it!) And I look forward to spending the upcoming year with all of the online friends I’ve made.

May the new year be a good year for us, filled with health, happiness, perhaps a dream or two coming true, and most of all, may it be filled with love.

- Sebastian  :)


Happy Thanksgiving from Sebastian Cole

Posted on 11/28/2013

SebastianCole2LowResCropSand DollarI’d like to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. I hope you get to spend the day with those you cherish most. And if, for whatever reason, you’re apart, may they always know the place they hold within your heart.

And if you’re looking for a heart-wrenching love story to read on your Kindle over the holidays, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love is on sale for just 99 cents on Amazon now through Sunday. Enjoy!

Happy Thanksgiving,

– Sebastian Cole  :)


SAND DOLLAR Finalist in 2013 USA Best Book Awards

Posted on 11/14/13

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I am excited to announce that my debut novel, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love, has been chosen as an award-winning finalist in the Best New Fiction category and also the Romance category of The 2013 USA Best Book Awards, sponsored by USA Book News.


Book Gift Guide

Posted on 11/14/13

Looking for great gift ideas for Christmas?

Give your loved ones the gift of imagination, the gift of a book. Check out this neat Book Gift Guide.

Book Gift GuideClick here


Bruce Newbury’s Radio Interview with Sebastian Cole

Posted on 11/13/13

I had a great time speaking with Bruce Newbury this morning on his Talk of the Town radio show, WADK 1540 AM Newport, R.I. We talked about the effect of using real-life situations and emotions in my debut novel, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love. To listen in on the interview, click here.

Thanks, Bruce!!

– Sebastian Cole :)

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Sebastian Cole to be On The Air with Bruce Newbury

Posted on November 12, 2013

I’m really looking forward to talking with Bruce Newbury tomorrow (Wednesday) at 10:00 a.m. on 1540 AM WADK Newport on his Talk of the Town radio show. I hope you have a chance to listen in. Wish me luck!

Sebastian Cole :)

Bruce Newbury's Talk of the Town

WADK’s Bruce Newbury


Sebastian Cole Attending 1st Annual Rhode Island Authors Expo

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Posted on 11/06/13

I’ll be signing my debut novel, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love, at the first annual Rhode Island Authors Expo on Saturday, November 16th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Courthouse Center for the Arts, 3481 Kingston Rd (Route 138), Kingston, RI 02892. I’ll be joined by fellow Rhode Island authors Thomas Cobb, Norb Vonnegut, Nick Rabar, Adam Braver, and 40 other local authors. Admission is free. I look forward to seeing you there!

– Sebastian Cole :)

 

Authors Expo Flyer


Sand Dollar Book Giveaway at Book Reporter

Posted on September 27, 2013

Register to win one of 30 autographed copies of my debut novel, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love, at BookReporter.com by clicking here. The contest ends Monday, September 30th at noon ET. Good luck!

– Sebastian  :)

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Thanks for the Great Reviews on Amazon!

Posted on September 27, 2013

I read every review on Amazon for my debut novel, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love, and it warms my heart to know that I’ve profoundly touched the lives of others through my writing. And lately, the reviews on Amazon have been flying in at a rate of 10 per day, 70 in the last week, for a total of 200 reviews along with an average rating of 4.4 stars (out of 5 stars)! I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed a review. Every little bit helps when you’re trying to break in as a first-time author. And thanks to you, my dreams are becoming a reality.

– Sebastian Cole  :)

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The Roller Coaster Ride

Posted on September 25, 2013

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“With peaks of joy and valleys of heartache, life is a roller coaster ride that’s both scary and exciting at the same time, the rise and fall of which defines our journey.”

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


Sebastian Cole’s Amazon Author Rank

Posted on September 23, 2013

Having released my debut novel, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love, it’s cool to see that I now have an Amazon Author Rank: #73 in Books / Romance / Fantasy. Apparently, Amazon combines all of your books and ranks you as an author. I seem to be the only one on the page with just one book…

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Sebastian Cole a Huge Success at the Big E

Posted on September 23, 2103

Thanks to everybody who stopped by to see me at the Big E. It was a huge success for me, selling 434 copies of my debut novel, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love. I hope to see you again there next year!

– Sebastian Cole :)


Sand Dollar Book Giveaway at Kindle Books and Tips

Posted on September 19, 2013

I’ll be giving away 10 autographed copies of my debut novel, Sand Dollar: A Story of Undying Love, at Kindle Books and Tips. Click here to enter to win. Winners will be announced Monday night. Good luck!

– Sebastian :)

SandDollar.pdfKindle Books And Tips


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