I've had a lot of fun and learned a lot with this blog. Unfortunately, my life has taken a busy turn and I am no longer in the position to keep up with this blog. I will leave it up for people to read the old submissions. Maybe one of those critiques will help you figure out what you need to do in order to sell more books.
When someone submits a book, I look at:
1. Cover - If the cover doesn't look professional or communicate the correct genre, it needs to be replaced. Look at your cover with an objective eye. Or better yet, show it to your critique group. Get some feedback. (If you don't have a critique group, find one!)
2. Blurb - The blurb needs to communicate genre as well. It needs to say who the main character is, and what they need to overcome. Don't be too vague. That's annoying and won't work.
3. Title - Make sure the title is communicating the correct genre as well. Make sure it is snappy and catchy and not hard to understand.
4. Text - The opening of the book must be well written, and have some sort of conflict. If you don't have a critique group, join one, and see what they think about your opening.
I hope at some future point to be able to return to this blog, but for the mean time I'm going to put it on hold. If you have any questions, feel free to email me.