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openhearted

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where have de, fr, it, ca, & au readers gone?
Posted: Sep 15, 2017 7:01 AM
 
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hi

I get some free reads from jp, as if there's a pulse, but other channels flatlined

zero KENP or sales

the fact that there aren't even free reads on fr & ca is worrysome

au is zero as well as it--due to hacking I've tried to avoid de--hacking stalkers invaded it from de

even br is sagging

I do try to work in these markets with my fiction ebooks, so I wonder what is happening--are Euro readers going on to UK or US platforms?

oh
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Re: where have de, fr, it, ca, & au readers gone?
Posted: Sep 15, 2017 8:10 AM   in response to: openhearted in response to: openhearted
 
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"are Euro readers going on to UK or US platforms?"

Not if my flat-lined sales are anything to go by - only 1 sale and 77 KENP since Sept 3 despite a new release and a marketing campaign :(
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Re: where have de, fr, it, ca, & au readers gone?
Posted: Sep 15, 2017 9:11 AM   in response to: openhearted in response to: openhearted
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My De sales have steadily gone down over the summer. Same with Fr, Nl, and Es. Ca and Au have remained steady. I never have gotten much from Jp, Mx, or Br for my non-translated books, so it is hard to tell if they've gone down or not (not enough sales to see a trend).

What this means, I don't know. Ca, Au, and UK, provide a significant percentage of my income, but the others combined have been only a small boost even at their best, so a smaller boost doesn't really have a big impact on my bottom line.
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Posted: Sep 15, 2017 2:18 PM   in response to: openhearted in response to: openhearted
 
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I agree that other-store sales have been poor. Oddly, Amazon.com has been stronger in September than in any month in a year or so -- but it's only the 15th, and in my experience my sales tail off toward the end of the month, as if all my readers were pensioners and waiting for the check to come again.

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writerbn

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Re: where have de, fr, it, ca, & au readers gone?
Posted: Sep 15, 2017 3:18 PM   in response to: Jonathan B in response to: Jonathan B
 
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Jonathan B wrote:
My De sales have steadily gone down over the summer. Same with Fr, Nl, and Es.
When I worked at a company with an international sales force, it seemed that much of Europe took the month of August off. That was a while back, so I don't know how things have changed post-Brexit.
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Posted: Sep 15, 2017 8:15 PM   in response to: writerbn in response to: writerbn
 
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writerbn wrote:
Jonathan B wrote:
My De sales have steadily gone down over the summer. Same with Fr, Nl, and Es.
When I worked at a company with an international sales force, it seemed that much of Europe took the month of August off. That was a while back, so I don't know how things have changed post-Brexit.

Although one might think that would be when they would buy books so as to have something to read on the beach. :)

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Posted: Sep 16, 2017 9:31 AM   in response to: Jonathan B in response to: Jonathan B
 
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Jonathan B wrote:
Although one might think that would be when they would buy books so as to have something to read on the beach. :)
You'd think so, but most authors in the US (myself excepted) see a summer slump each year, and the same argument should apply.
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Posted: Sep 16, 2017 10:25 AM   in response to: writerbn in response to: writerbn
 
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writerbn wrote:
Jonathan B wrote:
Although one might think that would be when they would buy books so as to have something to read on the beach. :)
You'd think so, but most authors in the US (myself excepted) see a summer slump each year, and the same argument should apply.

I think I'm like you. My summers are usually quite good. My slump tends to be March-May.

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Re: where have nl, fr, it, ca, & in readers gone?
Posted: Dec 14, 2017 6:28 AM   in response to: Jonathan B in response to: Jonathan B
 
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JB

still seems like fr, it, nl, in, ca are flat-lined--essentially zero

must be somewhere the readers are going, since not even free books are registering--no paperback sales

do these countries have another book source?

there is some life in nook, kobo & apple--but hard to quantify

es & mx growing

what's up

thanks,

oh
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Posted: Dec 14, 2017 6:57 AM   in response to: openhearted in response to: openhearted
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If you're after international sales, you should try Goo*gle Play.

A quick scan of my December report shows sales in PH, ZA, CZ, RU, TR, MY, TH, and more, among the usual GB, CA. AU, NZ, etc. They're not enough for me to retire early, but they're 100X the amount I would have got from the crumbs thrown at us by Kay Yu.
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Posted: Dec 14, 2017 8:39 AM   in response to: openhearted in response to: openhearted
 
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I recently saw my first sales in Germany, France, and Australia. As with all publishing, you never know when someone will discover your work, or where they might live.
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Posted: Dec 14, 2017 1:20 PM   in response to: openhearted in response to: openhearted
 
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Kobo is strong in Canada, where Amazon is a niche player.

Apple is great for out of the way countries like Poland, South Africa, and so on. (I seem to be an outlier, in that I earn more from Apple most months than from any other bookstore outside Amazon.)

Most of my books are in Google (ugh) Play (I wince whenever I have to write that), but I've never noticed where the books are sold.

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chris

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Re: where have de, fr, it, ca, & au readers gone?
Posted: Dec 15, 2017 2:49 AM   in response to: openhearted in response to: openhearted
 
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My overseas / foreign readers are mostly in the UK, where they generally constitute about 15-25 percent of my sales, depending on the month.

Other areas? It comes and goes. Always has. The US and the UK are the only places with reliable sales.
openhearted

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Re: where have nl, fr, it, ca, & in readers gone?
Posted: Dec 22, 2017 11:02 AM   in response to: writerbn in response to: writerbn
 
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Hi
I used to have a publisher who had success with my books (romcom usually) but have had zero luck myself self publishing with google play.
I actually changed the font to 20 pt thinking this would help smartphone readers, but this didn't help.
I've almost given up with this outlet.
Oh
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