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Shawn Beaton

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Sudden Drop in Sales
Posted: Jul 27, 2017 8:57 AM
 
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Hey guys,

I was just wondering if this is effecting me alone or others also. July has been a great month for book sales and I only went one day at the longest without book sales before more were sold, however, sales since July 24th till now have been zero. I'm panicking a little bit because July really has been good, but I'm experiencing a bitter aftertaste. Is anyone noticing a sudden drop in sales to no sales since July 24th? Is it a reporting issue with KDP or just a bad run?

Thanks
L M Gabriel

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Re: Sudden Drop in Sales
Posted: Jul 27, 2017 9:13 AM   in response to: Shawn Beaton in response to: Shawn Beaton
 
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It has hit us all I think, Shawn. June and July have been the worst months I have ever experienced. I have no idea why because it has never been this bad before. I thought my sales and KENP were recovering, but it's been back to zero again for nearly a week. I am keeping myself busy with my work as a musical arranger, but even there sales have dried up almost completely. The present situation is unprecedented for me. The whole internet seems to be hibernating (or more correctly aestivating). Old timers will tell you it is the Summer break and some will say write good books/write more books and sales will come. Those who are more successful may not have noticed a change. I remain unconvinced. Why is this Summer worse than any previous?
cdalebrittain

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Re: Sudden Drop in Sales
Posted: Jul 27, 2017 9:45 AM   in response to: L M Gabriel in response to: L M Gabriel
 
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Why is this summer different from all other summers?

I think it's US politics. If people are listening to the news/watching the news/checking the news online, there's no time for reading. Maybe August, when a lot of people try to get away?

(My own July numbers stink, though interestingly worse on KDP than on Nook, which is experiencing the best month in quite a while. Still a lot fewer sales than KDP. But even Nook isn't really an upward burst, because it appears to be due to several readers finding my series and buying the whole thing. Series rock. So do fans who want to read all your books.)
writerbn

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Re: Sudden Drop in Sales
Posted: Jul 27, 2017 10:11 AM   in response to: Shawn Beaton in response to: Shawn Beaton
 
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May was my worst month of the year. June was good (better than average), and July is trending even better.

However, a good chunk of my sales come from international marketplaces, so they're not as affected by seasonal variation (except for the UK; I still haven't figured out their mood swings). I do see a dip in sales during the last week of each month, so that could explain what you're experiencing.

Then again, there are many factors that affect sales. I expected mine to tank this month because I haven't released anything new in 3 weeks, but I've been lucky. It doesn't make a lot of sense to compare numbers among authors, though; all we can do is ride it out and keep writing/publishing.
chris

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Re: Sudden Drop in Sales
Posted: Jul 27, 2017 11:08 AM   in response to: Shawn Beaton in response to: Shawn Beaton
 
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FWIW I've also experienced a slowing in sales. I think it's a combination of summer activity, other things taking up time on the internet, etc. etc.

I still have sales, and I'm fine with that. But yes, I've seen a dip. I've also noticed that when my 'sales rank' goes high, the actual number of sales doesn't really reflect such a high ranking -- hinting that others may be experiencing the same thing.
Karen

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Re: Sudden Drop in Sales
Posted: Jul 28, 2017 8:21 AM   in response to: Shawn Beaton in response to: Shawn Beaton
 
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I was also having a good July. Had a sale or two all but 3 days in the month. On the 24th I sold 5, but the last 3 days there hasn't been any at all. I'm still getting between 1500-3000 KENP a day. Guess everyone is using KU the last few days.
Debasis Nayak

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Re: Sudden Drop in Sales
Posted: Jul 31, 2017 11:17 PM   in response to: Shawn Beaton in response to: Shawn Beaton
 
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Yes Boss ! Same happening with me

I just joined Kindle before 15 days and all were going good with my 15 books, everyday at-least 2 books sold.
But suddenly after 27 July to Today (1 Aug) it's 0.

I think there there is some technical glitch in Amazon Kindle service.
Patrick A. Smith

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Re: Sudden Drop in Sales
Posted: Sep 12, 2017 4:46 PM   in response to: Shawn Beaton in response to: Shawn Beaton
 
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Shawn Beaton wrote:
Hey guys,

I was just wondering if this is effecting me alone or others also. July has been a great month for book sales and I only went one day at the longest without book sales before more were sold, however, sales since July 24th till now have been zero. I'm panicking a little bit because July really has been good, but I'm experiencing a bitter aftertaste. Is anyone noticing a sudden drop in sales to no sales since July 24th? Is it a reporting issue with KDP or just a bad run?

Thanks


My sales and pages read are really slow. Im actually beginning to think that some of it is because thousands of ppl are without electricity from storms.
beachgardener

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Re: Sudden Drop in Sales
Posted: Sep 13, 2017 10:06 PM   in response to: Patrick A. Smith in response to: Patrick A. Smith
 
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Patrick A. Smith wrote:
Shawn Beaton wrote:
Hey guys,

I was just wondering if this is effecting me alone or others also. July has been a great month for book sales and I only went one day at the longest without book sales before more were sold, however, sales since July 24th till now have been zero. I'm panicking a little bit because July really has been good, but I'm experiencing a bitter aftertaste. Is anyone noticing a sudden drop in sales to no sales since July 24th? Is it a reporting issue with KDP or just a bad run?

Thanks

My sales and pages read are really slow. Im actually beginning to think that some of it is because thousands of ppl are without electricity from storms.


Make that hundreds of thousands of people who are either evacuated from their homes or living in neighborhoods where the power is out due to hurricane, flood, and in the northwest, fire. There are probably even some too busy cleaning out the bomb shelter Grandpa installed in the sixties to read right now. We live in interesting times. I would bet when the lights come back on people will be reading again. Think of all the reading devices that have been ruined and will have to be replaced - and refilled. B
Patrick A. Smith

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Re: Sudden Drop in Sales
Posted: Sep 13, 2017 11:19 PM   in response to: beachgardener in response to: beachgardener
 
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beachgardener wrote:
Patrick A. Smith wrote:

My sales and pages read are really slow. Im actually beginning to think that some of it is because thousands of ppl are without electricity from storms.

Make that hundreds of thousands of people who are either evacuated from their homes or living in neighborhoods where the power is out due to hurricane, flood, and in the northwest, fire. There are probably even some too busy cleaning out the bomb shelter Grandpa installed in the sixties to read right now. We live in interesting times. I would bet when the lights come back on people will be reading again. Think of all the reading devices that have been ruined and will have to be replaced - and refilled. B


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