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hsstours

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Re: More Thoughts on Sales Trends...
Posted: Mar 25, 2012 11:48 AM   in response to: tracihilton in response to: tracihilton
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Well, I buckled under and enrolled a book in KDP Select, after pulling out and swearing I'd never do it again. I tried to stay away, I really did.

But the book's sales on iTunes and B&N were less than stellar, so I can afford a 90 day hiatus to see if a free promo would punch up the sales numbers on the other book in the series. The free(down)loaders wouldn't buy the book normally anyway, so I don't feel I'm robbing myself of customers.

And I'm enjoying refreshing the report page periodically and watching the numbers climb. It's a drug, I tell you. And they have me hooked.
tracihilton

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Posted: Mar 25, 2012 2:12 PM   in response to: hsstours in response to: hsstours
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I understand. I made all sorts of grand statements on how my borrows weren't enough to keep me in right now and I was going back to BN to get some of that action---less competition and all that rot.

Sadly, I've been live there for about 2 weeks without one single sale. Makes me reconsider the value of the borrow...

I had also heard that people are watching the prime books to only pick them up when they go free so I was hoping for a bit of an increase when the "prime" went off of my sales page.

I did have a super hot sales day on the 22nd but other that that sales have held pace all month exactly as well as they did while they were in prime.

Traci
saxon21

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Re: More Thoughts on Sales Trends...
Posted: Mar 25, 2012 7:04 PM   in response to: tracihilton in response to: tracihilton
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If you're not in prime, there's really no good reason not to hit all the other sites through smashwords....other than their price changing. I've noticed that some authors are seeing increased sales at Apple.

B&N is really troblesome to me. One would think that sales would at least have some relationship to Amazon but i just haven't seen it.

I would suggest you hit a new genre, something different and see what happens. A chatracter with absolutly no morals or sensitivity would be a good target. Readers just love when a villian gets their come uppance.

You're a talented writer. I think you can makie an impact with sereral different genres. Just sayin.....
tracihilton

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Posted: Mar 25, 2012 7:23 PM   in response to: saxon21 in response to: saxon21
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Thanks Sax! The WIP is Sci-fi, : ) I also have a romance series plotted...

My fairly good reason for not going back to SW is that I plan to pop in and out of Prime and popping in and out of SW is a real hassle! : )

I also have a new mystery series in mind with a more likeable MC (people are really divided on Mitzy as a person, lol) and lots of dead bad guys and bad guys who get caught.

As always, your encouragement is a real motivator for me!

Traci
cdhussey

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Posted: Mar 25, 2012 7:34 PM   in response to: saxon21 in response to: saxon21
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Saxon, I agree. BN seems like it should be at least on par with Amazon but it just isn't. At least not for me. I sell steadily there, but only enough for dinner once a month.
tracihilton

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Posted: Mar 25, 2012 7:48 PM   in response to: cdhussey in response to: cdhussey
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Speaking of dinner out, I've weirdly managed to achieve a cheap and cheery dinner out from paperback sales this month! I'm confused, but happy about it.

Traci
sugar_and_spice

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Re: More Thoughts on Sales Trends...
Posted: Mar 30, 2012 6:35 PM   in response to: saxon21 in response to: saxon21
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saxon, ikr? there is no correlation b/t Nook and Kindle at all. its insane. in the year i've been selling books, i've been on both sites. B&N sloshed along at 1/2 of what kindle was doing, and now it flipped. amazon is lacking. sales issues: amazon's had major site issues this week which has screwed with sales. but B&N website is HORRIBLE. i don't know where stuff is going. kdp select threw a wrench in the market. i think the christmas rush that should have been there wasn't, b/c of the massive amount of free books on the market. i had that rush on B&N. it helped my rankings and my stuff has been sitting pretty over there ever since. not sure what to do with amazon. its depressing to see my titles on amazon slip so far from last years projections.
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