I know how you feel some days. When sales are low I feel down too. Constantly marketing is hard and it seems most review blogs are so over requested at the moment that getting a new book promoted by blog reviews is prooving really difficult.
I'm gettin maybe 1 in ten respond at all to review requests and then not all of them say yes and the few that do are so backlogged they are all taking several months to actually get to my book.
Jess-exactly! I've got my book in the hands of three different people but who knows when, if ever, the reviews will show up! : ) And I've bought some at space at frugal ereader but they were all booked until July so even though it should be pretty great, it is a LONG time from now!
Sales are not only like molasses, they are also accounted for differently than I had been led to believe.
In the latest sales report there is a marked discrepancy in pricing for the foreign markets. In my April sales I received less money for UK sales because of the currency exchange. For example, two of my 99 cent books sold for the equivalent of 60 cents, and I received a royalty of 21 cents per sale. This means even less money earned. In the US market I have also seen that tracking sales on a daily basis may help in terms of statistics than as a practical report, since at the end of the month the accounting is aggregated at the end of the month instead of daily. In many cases I have tracked sales and discovered that I was picking up amounts twice. This forces me to exercise patience and wait until the monthly report.
What I do know is that this only makes harder for me to plan budgeting for the future. Also I don't sell as many ebooks at any price as I would like as marketing efforts are falling on deaf ears. The economy is to blame for this. Retail marketing reports were sharply down this week.
The only thing I can say in addition to that is: keep on trucking.
I know what you mean. I like the "keep on trucking" advice because, while I may not be able to control sales, at least I can still control my daily word count. My head down, taking one step at a time and trying not to think about how freaking long it takes to write a novel, much less a trilogy like I'm currently into, and certainly not how long the rewrites take. Sigh.
rewrites are the death of me, totally! I haven't had the quiet this week (I've been in my kids' classrooms instead of at the computer during school time) so I haven't had the encouragement of forward motion on the next project. It makes a big difference in my POV. )
Keep on truckin' is the best advice! And I have been working on not sweating the daily sales. It is so important in the end to concentrate on the writing and the marketing rather than on how each day goes.
Interesting stuff about daily sales v monthly totals...I've had more than on 19 pence pay check for the one uk book that sold in a month. ; ) The thing with international sales and the diff between the 70% royalty markets etc do make it difficult to plan ahead based on the limited daily sales info...
I'm glad you all joined the chat. : ) It's good to let a little whinging and whining out and then get back to it!
Traci, from your experience, how long does a book keep selling? I have two more books that I would like to publish but I don't want to step on the first three that are doing quite well. I'm in uncharted waters here and just don't know what to do. The unpublished books are also part of the series and some of my reviews have asked for more. What would you do?
I know this thread is about slow sales but some of your books have sold quite well. How long before they slowed down.
Perhaps you're right. I'm going to put the fourth book up on June 25th. That will be 90 days after the first three were published. I think you have seen most of my posts and quite frankly, I think you are more knowledgeable about kindle than me. I am just fortunate that my books are in a big genre heading. I really don't think that I have anything on you as far as experience and that's why I asked your opinion. I also can readily see that your heart is really in helping your fellow authors and I know I'm not alone in that opinion. I hate that terrimouse left the forum. I enjoyed her posts alot. It was appropriate that you received her last post.
I thank your for your wisdom and helpful suggestions.