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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. :)


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.

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!


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.

Sand Dollarkobo


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


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