I had a major spurt of sales prior to 7:00 a.m. this morning, then nothing until around noon when my numbers doubled. After that, sales trickled through in clumps, then only one sale since 4:00 p.m. This is very very odd. My numbers are almost double the last two days combined, then nothing.
I would say that Amazon is feeding us our sales in small spoonfuls. Can somebody burp me, please.
I got burped yesterday and today. My sales yesterday were the best for the month, and today they're about average. So, my stats are on the upswing at the moment (knock on wood). I'm finding that when people download the second book in my mystery series (the first one's free and the second only .99, with 3-6 at $2.99), they go ahead and download 3-6 at the same time. So I tend to get five individual sales in one clump. That's my explanation for the phenomena, anyway.
Yes, I have noticed it for about 4 days now. Without taking into consideration any possible sales I couldn't know about, from all those who have contacted me, told me they purchased my book or borrowed it from the KDP program, I have been consistently showing less than what I should have. My numbers came up in the last few hours but I'm still behind by at least 1 KDP and by at least 2 buys. I am hoping the issue is corrected before the end of the month when it'll matter most.
do you think amazon might be stealing from us? we are all sort of just trusting them. if they pocket / don't report one out of so many sales they could get big $$$. we know they aren't above immoral cheating, with the price fixing scandal last week.
At this point, at least for me, amazon is the only game in town. But setting that aside, there is no reason to cheat. Reputation is everything, even among the heavy hitters. All it would take is one whistle-blower and one hungry reporter. No, they can't afford that. There are hundreds of folks here selling between 100 and 1,000 books per day. Those are the people someone would be likely to cheat, not us small fries.
I've noticed that one of my books in particular has not had any reported sales for almost a week. So as an experiment I purchased a copy at 6:30 pm Central time on April 23. It's now 10:00 pm and the sale hasn't shown up on the sales report. Wondering how long it will take to appear. Also since some of my other books have shown normal if slow sales, wondering if something could be wrong with this one book's accounting?
Update - Sale showed up at 10:45 pm - so just over 4 hours to update.
I'm sure it's just that my six novels (three genre mystery and three literary light fiction) are all losers, but I find it interesting that my Smashwords sales are exceeding my Amazon sales which have frozen solid for more than a week, and overall dropped by half since Christmas-January.
I've read that Amazon's share of the e-reader market has dropped over the last three years or so from 90% to closer to 60%, so it's not surprising, I suppose, that my sales are spreading out across the platforms but I'm still finding the Amazon "freeze" worrying in the longterm.
I thought Amazon would do a better job of getting our mini-categories to customers, but I'm finding that "Mystery-detective-Female Sleuth" is just too broad or vague. With discoverability an all-important factor, I wish they'd give us better categories and more of them. Reducing our keywords to seven was also a hit to Indies seeking discovery.
Glug, glug, glug.