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Books do not show up by title unless " " are used?
Posted: Jun 15, 2012 11:48 PM
 
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I actually have two issues going on right now:

My sales aren't showing up. I know I've had a number of sales, but they aren't showing up. This month, I have....wait for it....3 sales on Amazon.com (vs 12 on Amazon.co.uk, vs 63 on B&N). There exists the possibility that the sales will be credited to my account all in a lump in a few days, rather than in real-time, but...why?

I know people can find me by searching on my name. But if you put in my book titles....you get ANY and ALL books with those words in the titles. A friend tried to search using the Internet page, not a mobile app, and she gave up after 50 pages. My books weren't there. Put in the full titles surrounded by " " marks....the books show up. There exists the possibility that, as my sales ranking falls, the likelihood my book will even be shown to searchers is deliberately reduced as a matter of programming. This then would be self-perpetuating. Nobody can find me, so nobody buys. Nobody buys, so nobody can find me. It's not my idea of a great marketing plan. Why would they do this? The 65% cut Amazon takes from my books is just as good money as the 65% they take from anybody else. Don't they want my books to sell, too?

Right now, B&N is outselling Amazon with my titles, 20 to 1 (!). Something seems really wrong with this picture, and I'm at an utter loss how to help get it turned around.
chotii

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Re: Books do not show up by title unless " " are used?
Posted: Jun 15, 2012 11:51 PM   in response to: chotii in response to: chotii
 
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(Note: I'm not using KDP Select, but I do sell on Amazon. I know authors whose Amazon sales outstrip every other outlet they use. I can't figure out why my sales are so different from theirs.)
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