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tracihilton

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More Thoughts on Sales Trends...
Posted: Mar 20, 2012 3:37 PM
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So I'm only selling between 3 and oh, 6 copies of each book a day right now and I'm watching the sales ranks go crazy.

Used to be, and probably still is, that if you are selling enough to get into the top 2000 in rank your ranks would shift by a point or two a day.

I had also noticed earlier this year that if you were in the top 25,000 in rank your rank might swing up or down by 10,000 points in a day or two.

Now the ranks swing by the day by 20,000 or 30,000 points at these 10k-20k ranks! For example, this morning Eminent Domain was at 44,000 in rank and now it is at 17,000, after about 3 sales.

I know in the summer and fall you could make a swing that huge between ranks like...100,000 and 60,000 but you used to have more stability in the 10k-20k ranks.

I'm not complaining about it, I am just curious and wondered if anyone else saw similar fluctuations...

Traci
ktking81

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Posted: Mar 20, 2012 4:12 PM   in response to: tracihilton in response to: tracihilton
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I've noticed it's been like that since I published my book at the end of last year

K T King
asanand13

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Posted: Mar 20, 2012 4:15 PM   in response to: tracihilton in response to: tracihilton
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Hi Traci,

Thanks as always for your astute observations. I too have been noticing some strange patterns when it comes to sales. 3-4 sales can catapult you up the rankings as you mention, but strangely, a single sale of a book that hasn't sold in a few days ranks a lot lower than it used to. So when GCPU #2 sold a copy after a few days, it came in around #75,000, which has not happened before.

Sales also appear to have slowed down, when normally they pick up around this time of the month.

Strange things are indeed happening...
saxon21

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Posted: Mar 20, 2012 5:27 PM   in response to: tracihilton in response to: tracihilton
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It takes fewer books to make radical moves because fewer books are being sold. I noticed three sales moved a book five spots in the top twenty. That tells me that no one is selling anything at that moment. Kdp freebies are depressing the market. You do the best you can and hope for the best.
tracihilton

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Posted: Mar 20, 2012 5:40 PM   in response to: saxon21 in response to: saxon21
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That's what I thought it must be...a result of fewer over all sales. I've been watching it for a while and it does take far fewer to jump up in the the teen-thousands now...I just don't stay there very long, lol.

@Aman..I've noticed that if I sell less than two in a day it is very likely I will drop from a 35,000 rank the day before to a 75,000 rank the next day. That was just not as likely to happen this fall....and my own sales were pretty slow this fall! )

Traci
aussiewriter23

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Posted: Mar 20, 2012 6:16 PM   in response to: tracihilton in response to: tracihilton
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I'm glad I'm not the only one seeing depressed sales, Traci. Thought it was my books, and every day I check to see if anything had changed with them, but nothing had.

A week or two ago I was seeing around 30 sales a day across my trilogy, now I'm lucky to see 20 - I'm getting new averages of around 15. I'm actually going to adjust my pricing for a few weeks to see if I can find the 'sweet' spot. Probably $0.99 on the first book, then $2.99 on the second, and $3.99 on the third.

The competing books that are continuing to sell well in my genre are listed low in price, so I figure, give it a try for awhile, it might help waverers make the decision to try the first book in the series. Also have just completed another massive proof read, fixing minor typos and punctuation across the entire 300,000 word trilogy (I think I've worn out the comma key on my laptop's keyboard, lol.)

Anyway, have a brand new book of a brand new series coming out soon. It's in the dark fantasy genre, so will be interesting to see how it sells.
tracihilton

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Posted: Mar 20, 2012 6:20 PM   in response to: aussiewriter23 in response to: aussiewriter23
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Congrat's on having a new series to publish! I feel like there are seasons for books, I had a great season last winter. And then this winter proved to be at least profitable even though the sales were fewer.

I think a new release could bring new life to my series but I don't have anything ready.

Ah well. : )

Traci
hsstours

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Posted: Mar 20, 2012 6:20 PM   in response to: tracihilton in response to: tracihilton
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If I sell just one or two books a week, which unfortunately happens more often than I'd like, I notice a major jump in ranking that, curiously, lasts a week now, when it used to only last one or two days.

Which begs the question: compared to what? I think you're right about overall sales being lower than usual now. That's the most likely culprit.

Waiting patiently for a summer-reading bump!

HS
tracihilton

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Posted: Mar 20, 2012 6:54 PM   in response to: hsstours in response to: hsstours
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Did you get a summer bump last year? I waited and waited for one but basically went from selling 12 copies of one book a day to selling two or three copies a day of two books, by the end of September. : (

Traci
hsstours

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Posted: Mar 20, 2012 6:59 PM   in response to: tracihilton in response to: tracihilton
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Oh bummer. (Or should I say: "bumper"?) I just assumed there'd be a summer bump. There usually was in bricks-and-mortar bookstores, at least for fiction. I used to write software books, so the whole scheme there was based on software release and the academic calendar. This will be my first summer self-pubbed, so I sure hope sales improve, not just for me, but for everyone here!
cdhussey

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Posted: Mar 20, 2012 7:01 PM   in response to: tracihilton in response to: tracihilton
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It's been a slow month for me, too. And my rankings have been odd. I agree with Saxon; the number of free books are slowing the market.
ajasperg

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Posted: Mar 20, 2012 7:23 PM   in response to: tracihilton in response to: tracihilton
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I have noticed the same thing. I jump up and down from 100k ranking to currently at 69k with only one book sale on Amazon.
However, I sell an average of 4 to 5 books a day on B&N and my ranking moves up or down only a couple thousand. I have been teetering between 21k and 24k for the last two weeks. I am going to do a dance once I break into the teens (if that ever happens at this rate.) :)
ericvonjed

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Posted: Mar 20, 2012 7:30 PM   in response to: cdhussey in response to: cdhussey
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The number of Kindles out there must have doubled since last year, from what I’ve read and heard. But lower sales for me. I suppose the newbies will eventually wise up about the freebies when they realize they make no money from it. And readers, tired of chewing through chaff looking for wheat might take a look at some ‘paid’ books. I’m being patient. Everything works out eventually.
saxon21

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Posted: Mar 20, 2012 7:37 PM   in response to: ericvonjed in response to: ericvonjed
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Amen, preach on.
diamondlifestyle

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Posted: Mar 21, 2012 3:21 AM   in response to: cdhussey in response to: cdhussey
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This is the slowest month for me on Amazon since...ooh, time began!
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