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openhearted

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Re: Hey! Is it just me or is ebook sales literally dead right now?
Posted: Mar 18, 2017 7:16 AM   in response to: Joseph M Erhardt in response to: Joseph M Erhardt
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where are these impressions and clicks thou hast spoken of?

I see them on twitter analytics--but it seems like twitter is tanking too

here, Canada is invisible, Australia is asleep, France has gone begging, the Dutch have never existed, India is nowhere

oh
Rob Hackney

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Posted: Mar 18, 2017 7:31 AM   in response to: openhearted in response to: openhearted
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India has been nowhere for me too, except when I boosted a post for my series on Facebook with global visibility. I got hundreds of 'Likes' on the post itself from people living in India -- and pretty much only India -- but no additional page actions, CTR, or actions on my web site from that entire continent. To my suspicious mind that looked like some means of pushing up costs for FB advertisers using the "pay per engagement" option. Suffice to say I now specify countries where I want the ads to appear, and India is not one of them.
writerbn

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Posted: Mar 18, 2017 8:03 AM   in response to: Rob Hackney in response to: Rob Hackney
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Rob Hackney wrote:
Suffice to say I now specify countries where I want the ads to appear, and India is not one of them.
India is a tricky market. I used to do well there, until the Zon cut the Kay Yu payout to less than 1/4 the US payout. if you want to sell books there, you have to understand the culture and write books targeted to Indian readers.

In the long run, though, you're probably best ignoring the Indian market, unless Kay Yu changes. Close to 90% of my Indian readers use Kay Yu.
Rob Hackney

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Posted: Mar 18, 2017 8:11 AM   in response to: writerbn in response to: writerbn
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My books are still available on the A'zon India site, I just de-target India now for FB marketing as a defensive measure.
Regional targeting at a cultural level is yet one more marketing aspect I really ought to get my head around!
jacqueline coote

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Re: Hey! Is it just me or is ebook sales literally dead right now?
Posted: Mar 18, 2017 6:24 PM   in response to: Ryan in response to: Ryan
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Everyone has some sort of reason why sales are down, not showing up, etc. There is something not right with the whole system.

You can all make excuses as to why the reports are not accurate, but it seems to me that Amazon is not doing it's job, or if it is, it is not letting us in on what is actually going on in the market.

I give Amazon one more year, then I will pull my books from KDP. I make better sales with my paperbacks at a local craft show, then waiting for Kindle sales. A person can get old waiting for sales from KDP.
Gary O'Riley

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Posted: Mar 19, 2017 2:31 AM   in response to: jacqueline coote in response to: jacqueline coote
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jacqueline coote wrote:
Everyone has some sort of reason why sales are down, not showing up, etc. There is something not right with the whole system.

You can all make excuses as to why the reports are not accurate, but it seems to me that Amazon is not doing it's job, or if it is, it is not letting us in on what is actually going on in the market.

I completely agree with you. Something is going on (probably linked to algorithms)...but the frustrating thing about this thread is that people keep popping up and suggesting it's down to the Trump effect, which is utterly ridiculous. Like a few others on here, I'm from the UK. Apart from the Trump effect, we are dealing with Brexit and a possible second referendum on Scottish independence...BUT LIFE GOES ON...perhaps retail sales might be down a bit and perhaps some folk are holding off on longer term plans...but none of this explains the collapse of KDP sales.

I wish people would stop letting Amazon of the hook, buy making a range of excuses.

Wilai Lattimore

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Posted: Mar 19, 2017 3:05 AM   in response to: Gary O'Riley in response to: Gary O'Riley
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They are trying to beat the dip in sales by adjusting the algorithms to favour the better selling authors. I'm in the UK and see many distractions. Amazon must be feeling the pinch and we're suffering. This is the norm, so we'd better get used to it.

I released a new title on Friday and its doing okay, so I'm not complaining.
Ryan

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Posted: Mar 19, 2017 5:48 AM   in response to: Ryan in response to: Ryan
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I should mention that my book sales r decent... surprisingly... doing better than kindle.. though, they have always been decent, just out of nowhere seem to be surpassing kindle sales..
Theresa M. Moore

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Posted: Mar 20, 2017 4:32 PM   in response to: wellhouse in response to: wellhouse
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That doesn't work in my case. I've been writing since my teens, and I can see how people would find that amazing, but if I can't grab any eyeballs I might as well give up writing.
Ryan

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Posted: Mar 20, 2017 5:39 PM   in response to: Theresa M. Moore in response to: Theresa M. Moore
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You should not give up writing if u have ideas.. u never know when u will hit a big one.. and it depends what u r writing..the cover, the length of book, quality, description, they way u present urself..lots of factors why u dont sell.. or u may need to market if u can afford to...i cant say for sure unless u show me ur most popular book

many people write as a hobby, not to make money, it does not hurt to write a couple of hours every other day.. everyone is a writer, but not everyone can make money writing

ive made lots of money and still do, yet it has been slow..

and ive had bombs.. on many books.. so far ive had 2 hits and 1 on going hit.. i wont say what my books r for obvious reasons.. it is better to stay anonymous.. the last time i revealed my book i received an attack of one star reviews from people using these forums...however, the book is not there anymore.. that is one of the books that will not sell no matter what i do.. its a shame.. i had lots of fun writing it..
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