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petaward

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Re: Sales seem to be almost dead! What is going on?
Posted: Apr 12, 2012 5:30 AM   in response to: kattydel in response to: kattydel
 
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My crime novel is the only one selling. The other 2 are dismal, in spite of the free promos.

Joanna
martitalbott

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Posted: Apr 12, 2012 6:22 AM   in response to: kattydel in response to: kattydel
 
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I think April is normally like this because those who got a tax refund have already spent it, and those who owe taxes have to pay it. Other than that, I can't think of a reason people would just stop buying. I'm running about the same as Feb. and March,
campcomms

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Re: Sales seem to be almost dead! What is going on?
Posted: Apr 12, 2012 7:18 AM   in response to: kattydel in response to: kattydel
 
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to: thetimucuan

I can't figure out how to show that I am responding to your comment.

I kind of follow these forums and kind of don't ... but I note you are a steady contributor. I don't know how successful you are and whether you are so successful I should recognize your name, to put my comments into perspective.

I am old and have been writing forever and trying to get published off and on forever. Somebody told me about Amazon so I've uploaded 7 of my novels so far (written over many years). I don't [b]care[/b] about money ... although I'd like some fame.

I'm not selling much which I understand may be because I just have to get the word out ... or maybe I'm just no good or out of touch. So many "writers" in here think they are geniuses because they can string words together. I think I am good but I have no allusions of grandeur.

There. I've said too much.
campcomms

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Posted: Apr 12, 2012 7:22 AM   in response to: kattydel in response to: kattydel
 
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Delusions of grandeur. Maybe allusions works as well, but it isn't the phrase.
kaykay543

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Posted: Apr 12, 2012 7:25 AM   in response to: campcomms in response to: campcomms
 
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This is looking to be one of my better months.

Kay

dpattyo

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Re: Sales seem to be almost dead! What is going on?
Posted: Apr 12, 2012 7:57 AM   in response to: kattydel in response to: kattydel
 
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Like others I saw a surge in sales in the first three weeks of March, then it fell back to pre-March levels which are still pretty decent. I think this follows the academia maxim "Publish or perish", by which I mean that I see a bump when I put a new book out, then things drop back to normal numbers.

I'm fortunate that my genre, erotica, sells itself with little marketing effort needed. Plus, novella length books are the norm, so releasing a book a month is an easy goal to meet. My style and subject matter is not for everyone, but I see repeat sales so it all comes down to creating enjoyable material consistently.
cdhussey

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Re: Sales seem to be almost dead! What is going on?
Posted: Apr 12, 2012 7:58 AM   in response to: kattydel in response to: kattydel
 
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I recommend not looking at sales. I rarely check them any more. I do check my rankings and reviews every few days or so, but that's it. When I checked a few days ago sales seemed okay. I won't check again for a while. Every time I'm tempted I decide to edit or write instead.
katlupe

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Posted: Apr 12, 2012 8:11 AM   in response to: kattydel in response to: kattydel
 
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My sales dropped also. I think it may have to do with a lot of kindles were sold for Christmas, and those people rushed to fill them up with new books. Now they are over it being new, and sitting back reading the ones they have on their device.

I check my sales only once a day now. I never check the reviews anymore either as every I do that, I am sorry. So I will just let my books make what they do and move on to new ones.
darkdawn389

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Re: Sales seem to be almost dead! What is going on?
Posted: Apr 12, 2012 8:48 AM   in response to: thetimucuan in response to: thetimucuan
 
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I'm actually with you on this one, December was the best. And I can't say as though I make more than most, but I would put a mcky d's worker to shame.
gwythyr

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Posted: Apr 12, 2012 10:13 AM   in response to: kattydel in response to: kattydel
 
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Today, I had my first US sale in nine days. So far this month, only 3 US and 10 UK sales.
punchygonzales

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Posted: Apr 12, 2012 6:13 PM   in response to: kattydel in response to: kattydel
 
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"My sales have plummeted. What is going on?"

Did you run out of relatives? :)
kattydel

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Posted: Apr 12, 2012 6:39 PM   in response to: punchygonzales in response to: punchygonzales
 
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Charles, HA, HA! Actually I do not have relatives that even care!
silvertora

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Re: Sales seem to be almost dead! What is going on?
Posted: Apr 12, 2012 11:23 PM   in response to: kattydel in response to: kattydel
 
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Hi, I seem to have the same problem. The first month was great, and the months afterwards seem to be getting less and less. In the first month I put my book on a 5 day free basis, but when I tried to do it in the next month it wouldn't allow me to select the option. It was greyed out. This is a real irritation.

I am now looking into finding a printing company locally that will print my novel for me. The overseas company that did it before made the font size so small that you practically need a magnifier to read it.

Lets hope things improve from here on for all of us.
1001nightspress

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Re: Sales seem to be almost dead! What is going on?
Posted: Apr 12, 2012 11:26 PM   in response to: silvertora in response to: silvertora
 
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That's because you get 5 days total (to make the book free) out of 90--not out of 30. So if you want to run another promotion, you'll have to wait till the next 90-day period, if you decide to re-enroll.

You don't have to use all your days in a row, though. You can break them down into 1, 1, and 2 if you want to spread them out over the 3 months.
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