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Grant Hutchison

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Sale in UK Author Central not appearing in KDP reports
Posted: Oct 2, 2017 8:43 AM
 
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I have a spike in my ranking for an ebook on Author Central in the UK (from about 600,000 to 30,000), the sort of thing that's associated with a sporadic sale. A week later, the sale hasn't appeared in the KDP report for the book.
What could cause that?
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Re: Sale in UK Author Central not appearing in KDP reports
Posted: Oct 2, 2017 9:11 AM   in response to: Grant Hutchison in response to: Grant Hutchison
 
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You're looking at the UK store on the month-to-date report for September?

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Re: Sale in UK Author Central not appearing in KDP reports
Posted: Oct 2, 2017 9:17 AM   in response to: Grant Hutchison in response to: Grant Hutchison
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Grant Hutchison wrote:
I have a spike in my ranking for an ebook on Author Central in the UK (from about 600,000 to 30,000), the sort of thing that's associated with a sporadic sale. A week later, the sale hasn't appeared in the KDP report for the book.
What could cause that?
If your book is in KDP Select, the sales rank will move when someone borrows it (but not when pages are read).
Emily Veinglory

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Re: Sale in UK Author Central not appearing in KDP reports
Posted: Oct 2, 2017 11:30 AM   in response to: Grant Hutchison in response to: Grant Hutchison
 
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Sales rank can be affected by popular books going out of print, Amazon glitches and reporting delays, and phase of the moon. It is often a sales, and sometimes not.
Grant Hutchison

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Re: Sale in UK Author Central not appearing in KDP reports
Posted: Oct 3, 2017 8:24 AM   in response to: writerbn in response to: writerbn
 
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writerbn wrote:
If your book is in KDP Select, the sales rank will move when someone borrows it (but not when pages are read).
Ah-ha. That's useful information, Thank you. :)
Grant Hutchison

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Re: Sale in UK Author Central not appearing in KDP reports
Posted: Oct 3, 2017 8:26 AM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
 
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Notjohn wrote:
You're looking at the UK store on the month-to-date report for September?
Author Central on .co.uk.

Edited by: Grant Hutchison on Oct 3, 2017 8:31 AM
Grant Hutchison

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Re: Sale in UK Author Central not appearing in KDP reports
Posted: Oct 3, 2017 8:30 AM   in response to: Emily Veinglory in response to: Emily Veinglory
 
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Emily Veinglory wrote:
Sales rank can be affected by popular books going out of print, Amazon glitches and reporting delays, and phase of the moon. It is often a sales, and sometimes not.
Yes, I'm used to the occasional step transition associated with Amazon housekeeping. But a step of 500,000 ranks in one book, with no flicker in the rankings of my other books, looks more like a sale to me.
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Re: Sale in UK Author Central not appearing in KDP reports
Posted: Oct 3, 2017 10:42 AM   in response to: Grant Hutchison in response to: Grant Hutchison
 
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A downloaded book through KU moves one's rank just as much as a sale would. I've had a book that wasn't doing very well (and was not in Select) jump 500k spots with just one sale. If you get below a rank of about 200,000 or 300,000, it's not particularly scientific. "Selling OK." "Selling not so OK." "Hardly selling." "Not selling worth beans." These are tranches into which a book can get slotted, without much further refinement.
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