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Donna St Felix

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Re: **Know your Reports & Sales** 2017 edition
Posted: Dec 12, 2017 9:26 AM   in response to: cdalebrittain in response to: cdalebrittain
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Bump Up ....
cdalebrittain

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Posted: Dec 21, 2017 7:00 AM   in response to: Donna St Felix in response to: Donna St Felix
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Finally! My good ol' "Know your Reports & Sales" thread is back. Let's hope it stays this time and helps everyone.

(It had been deleted by a mad deleter.)
C. Gold

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Posted: Dec 21, 2017 2:22 PM   in response to: cdalebrittain in response to: cdalebrittain
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Oh, guess it's time to ninja delete this one ;) jk. Happy to see its return.
meenie4

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Re: **Know your Reports & Sales** 2017 edition
Posted: Dec 23, 2017 10:51 AM   in response to: David Johnson in response to: David Johnson
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I'm really really confused with the sales and author rankins.
I'm one of those unfortunates who published through Pronoun JUST before they shut down. I pubbed on 11/3/17 with them. During that time, I sold 23 book, all but two sold through Amazon.
Amazon very nicely went out of their way to help us move out of Pronoun and into KDP (Dec 7) (and as soon as my title was taken down from all the outlets through Pronoun, I moved into KDP SELECT.
So here's my confusion:
In the author rankings the book had dropped really low, like a million something... Then suddenly it shot up to the 600k,
Then when you looked at the ranking on various areas (like science and fantastic, and on YA, it had leaped up to the 100's
And, in fact, was shown as #17 on Amazon's Hot New Releases!!! Awesome, right???
Yet, I see 0 sales, 0 borrows in my reports.
This huge jump occurred night before last. And still nothing shows on any report??
What does it mean?
I have two 5🌟 reviews, they were there from the Pronoun days. I'm related with the leap in author ranking (of course its sinking again, lol) but don't understand why it did that.
Can you shine any light on this?
meenie4

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Re: **Know your Reports & Sales** 2017 edition
Posted: Dec 23, 2017 1:47 PM   in response to: David Johnson in response to: David Johnson
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I'm really really confused with the sales and author rankins.
I'm one of those unfortunates who published through Pronoun JUST before they shut down. I pubbed on 11/3/17 with them. During that time, I sold 23 book, all but two sold through Amazon.
Amazon very nicely went out of their way to help us move out of Pronoun and into KDP (Dec 7) (and as soon as my title was taken down from all the outlets through Pronoun, I moved into KDP SELECT.
So here's my confusion:
In the author rankings the book had dropped really low, like a million something... Then suddenly it shot up to the 600k,
Then when you looked at the ranking on various areas (like science and fantastic, and on YA, it had leaped up to the 100's
And, in fact, was shown as #17 on Amazon's Hot New Releases!!! Awesome, right???
Yet, I see 0 sales, 0 borrows in my reports.
This huge jump occurred night before last. And still nothing shows on any report??
What does it mean?
I have two 5🌟 reviews, they were there from the Pronoun days. I'm related with the leap in author ranking (of course its sinking again, lol) but don't understand why it did that.
Can you shine any light on this?
cdalebrittain

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Re: **Know your Reports & Sales** 2017 edition
Posted: Dec 23, 2017 2:21 PM   in response to: meenie4 in response to: meenie4
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To meenie4--
No need to post a question twice! But welcome to KDP. It sounds like you've been doing well already. Selling 23 books in one month is very good for a new author.

Reread this entire thread. It will help you. In your particular case, you almost certainly have had "borrows" from KU members, since you are in KDP Select. KU (Kindle Unlimited) members can borrow up to 10 books at a time. A borrow boosts your rank just as much as a sale does. However the borrow appears nowhere on your Reports! (strange but true).

You will, however, see the pages-read appearing on your Report (lower graph) as soon as people start reading your book. With 10 books borrowed at a time, they may not get to yours right away, especially since people are busy with other things right now. You'll probably start seeing the pages-read graph move next week sometime. Good luck!
cdalebrittain

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Posted: Dec 25, 2017 9:17 PM   in response to: cdalebrittain in response to: cdalebrittain
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In the spirit of the season, I want to wish Happy Holidays to everybody, Merry Christmas if that's your holiday, or Saturnalia or Kwanzaa or whatever makes for a happy time with family and friends. And while I'm at it, I'll wish you all a Happy New Year as well!
Christopher Tol...

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Posted: Dec 28, 2017 8:56 PM   in response to: cdalebrittain in response to: cdalebrittain
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The same to you and your family fellow author!! Enjoy and best wishes!
Iris T. Woods

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Posted: Jan 24, 2018 4:36 AM   in response to: cdalebrittain in response to: cdalebrittain
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Something isn't right these aren't my numbers and why can't I see the transaction or a report of the transaction? Horrible. This is the worse. I'm not doing any more of my books like this EVER!!!
cdalebrittain

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Posted: Jan 24, 2018 11:00 AM   in response to: Iris T. Woods in response to: Iris T. Woods
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I intended this thread as a place for newbies to learn how to read Reports. Since you registered over 5 years ago, I would have thought you knew how by now. I'd hoped this would not to be a place for random rants.

It's impossible without detail to know what's going on with your sales. You should probably contact Amazon directly, using the Contact link at lower right if you have what you believe is evidence that the Reports are mistaken.
wirdmonger

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Re: **Know your Reports & Sales** 2017 edition
Posted: Jan 26, 2018 9:54 PM   in response to: cdalebrittain in response to: cdalebrittain
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Must be about time for a 2018 edition of this fabulous post.
cdalebrittain

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Posted: Jan 27, 2018 12:56 PM   in response to: wirdmonger in response to: wirdmonger
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wirdmonger wrote:
Must be about time for a 2018 edition of this fabulous post.

Thank you for the compliment! I do believe you're right. I'll have to get to that soon.

I've been getting about a thousand reads a month. Maybe 500 newbies are benefiting. I was a teacher for years, and I'm soft-hearted for confused faces.
taosdt12

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Re: **Know your Reports & Sales** 2017 edition
Posted: Feb 10, 2018 6:48 PM   in response to: cdalebrittain in response to: cdalebrittain
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The month-to-date report is still with us! Look for the link above the bar charts. It now opens by default with "all markets," listing, title by title, total sales for this month so far. You can toggle between different markets, so you have to check 10 times (one for each market) rather than 480 times. For each national Amazon, it lists sales title by title, just like before.
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