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edhumm

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Steep drop in sales.
Posted: Jul 1, 2012 7:22 AM
 
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My sales have been steadily increasing for months, then on June1, 2012, they dropped by fifty percent. This lasted all month. No changes have been made to my novels. This morning, the first day of the month, my sales report showed another very steep drop.

Has anyone else had this problem?
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Re: Steep drop in sales.
Posted: Jul 1, 2012 7:39 AM   in response to: edhumm in response to: edhumm
 
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Most everyone is having this problem. It is due to KDP Select and the plethora of free books.

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daysoldier

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Re: Steep drop in sales.
Posted: Jul 1, 2012 7:50 AM   in response to: edhumm in response to: edhumm
 
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While I have no idea if it's freebies or something else, I saw a massive drop in June. April and May were fun months. June, not so much.
robethpublishin...

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Re: Steep drop in sales.
Posted: Jul 1, 2012 8:02 AM   in response to: edhumm in response to: edhumm
 
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I was selling about 60+ a day and then jumped up to an average of 100 a day in May and maintained that pace for about five weeks. Then it dropped to 75 a day (weekly average), and this week it is running about 60+ a day. These stats are all for Amazon US. I woke up this morning to my lowest Amazon US stats I’ve had in months. Ironically, I woke up to an excellent B&N day. Through this rollercoaster, my B&N stats have been steadily increasing.

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Re: Steep drop in sales.
Posted: Jul 1, 2012 8:06 AM   in response to: robethpublishin... in response to: robethpublishin...
 
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Been my experience too, Bobbi. Amazon sales slowed to a trickle, yet sales at other outlets have been increasing month over month, quarter over quarter.

In terms of "blaming" KDP Select for the slowdown in Amazon sales, gonna go with Occam's Razor on this one.
lamandaal

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Re: Steep drop in sales.
Posted: Jul 1, 2012 8:23 AM   in response to: edhumm in response to: edhumm
 
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My sales fell off the planet once I started making books free. I won't do this again and I advise against making your books free as there are so many free books floating around why pay for one? I have a friend who has never paid for a Kindle book, just looks for the free books and reads those as often the books we make free are our best work. If everybody quit making their books free sales would have to go up. I'm sure of this.
1001nightspress

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Re: Steep drop in sales.
Posted: Jul 1, 2012 8:36 AM   in response to: edhumm in response to: edhumm
 
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June was better for me than May, and May was good. April was awful! And I woke up this morning to 10 sales in the UK, which is good (for me--I know it's different for everyone).

I think saying that today shows "another very steep drop" is premature--I mean, I don't know what time zone you're in, but in some places in the US, people haven't even finished breakfast yet. Plus it's Sunday, close to a holiday, and in some places the weather is nice and people are out doing things.

If you're seriously worried, though, then maybe do some marketing, or continue work on your next book(s).
notjohn

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Re: Steep drop in sales.
Posted: Jul 1, 2012 9:17 AM   in response to: 12349876ffff in response to: 12349876ffff
 
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**Most everyone is having this problem. It is due to KDP Select and the plethora of free books.**

I think that's true. As I've posted elsewhere, I'm back to where I was two years ago despite having many more books available on the KDP now than I did then. Yet my sales on Createspace, Amazon.co.uk, and Barnes & Noble are higher now than a year ago, never mind two years ago. It's only Amazon.com that has been gobsmacked.
writeranne

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Re: Steep drop in sales.
Posted: Jul 1, 2012 9:27 AM   in response to: robethpublishin... in response to: robethpublishin...
 
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Bobbi,

Others seem to be sharing your situation; sales dropping here and rising elsewhere. I can see absolutely no other reason for it than the glut of freebies here.

The good news is that each day I find more and more posts of people finally waking up to the fact that the freebies are killing everyone's sales. Let's hope more people join the No More Freebies Club! :)
martitalbott

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Re: Steep drop in sales.
Posted: Jul 1, 2012 9:29 AM   in response to: notjohn in response to: notjohn
 
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I agree. I'm down another 50 books in US sales for June, but up about 25 in the UK. Smashwords and Nook remained about the same, and who knows about June sales in Apple, Kobo, Sony, etc. I did notice a nice increase in Kobo sales for May and Apple is always good to me.

We can blame in on summer, but that doesn't explain the good sales on other venues, so it just has to be the free select books in the US. There simply is no other explanation.

Today so far, I have 9 US sales, one return from last month and 1 sale in the UK. I don't even check the other Amazon countries these days.

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vdemona

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Re: Steep drop in sales.
Posted: Jul 1, 2012 10:49 AM   in response to: edhumm in response to: edhumm
 
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I've been self publishing for a year and I've seen a lot of authors say that the summer months can be hard for sales but you can add me to the "no more freebies" club too. I do think that has an effect.

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porback

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Re: Steep drop in sales.
Posted: Jul 1, 2012 10:08 PM   in response to: vdemona in response to: vdemona
 
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Okay, I agree, so count me is as the next "No More Freebies" club member. I have 13 books on Kindle, and I've given out about half of the titles as freebies. The more posts I read about the drop in sales of several authors, and most of them only on Amazon sales, the more I became convinced you guys were right, so it stops now, and I have friends who publish here who I will be talking to soon and convince them to join the club. Please Amazon, don't blacklist me for taking such action!
Thanks folks!
inyun

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Re: Steep drop in sales.
Posted: Jul 1, 2012 11:09 PM   in response to: porback in response to: porback
 
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Thousands of new authors come into Amazon and dump their only book immediately into the Select program "to get known". No way can we stop that tide.

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chezjimc

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Re: Steep drop in sales.
Posted: Jul 2, 2012 12:16 AM   in response to: inyun in response to: inyun
 
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I had that problem in June, but things have somewhat picked up.

I'm honestly not sure it has anything to do with Kindle Select. People can, for instance, borrow a number of my books (all, I think) but don't, even though others buy them. Also, I don't think people first look for free books; they first look for the sort of book they want to read.

What's a bit weirder to me is that I've been selling slightly more hard copies lately, even though the Age of the Ebook seemed to have arrived.
vlgallas

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Re: Steep drop in sales.
Posted: Jul 2, 2012 5:59 AM   in response to: lamandaal in response to: lamandaal
 
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It's already too late for that. If the freebies stopped today, sales would probably be back on track come December. Since that isn't going to happen, every month will be worse than the previous month.

It is a flooded market at this point.
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