One of the best part about ebooks is that you can download free samples before spending your hard-earned money on a book you might hate.
The problem is that sometimes it’s hard to judge just how well you’re going to like a book by only reading the first chapter. I’ve read many books where the first chapter was not very good. But the rest of the book turned out to be a real nail biter.
I’ve also had the opposite problem where the first chapter was great, but the rest of the novel petered out. Even the first few chapters might not be a good indicator. They say not to judge a book by its cover; I say don’t judge a book by the first chapter (or two).
The solution: Longer samples.
Authors need to expand their ebook samples to just before the novel’s climax, when the reader is fully engrossed in the story. I like to call it the point-of-no-return. This is a guaranteed sale. If you want to find out what happens next, you’re gonna have to buy the book.
I think of samples as another sales tool in the author’s toolbox. Used correctly, an author can see their ebook sales skyrocket. Used incorrectly, like offering an ebook sample that doesn’t go much beyond the introduction, sales won’t budge.Follow @bradsreader