Funnily enough, my US sales nose- dived and never really recovered after the US election! (They were never massively great but I noticed a difference) I can see the US dip on my 'historic sales' table on my dashboard. In the UK, however, sales have gone from strength to strength.
Maybe the tax cuts, low unemployment and economic optimism are preventing people from spending money?
The Wife told me Friday, "Since we're getting more money every paycheck because of the tax cut, I'm buying each of us a $25 Amazon gift card every month." Hard to argue against economic optimism ...and more books.
My sales have been steady over the last three or four months. My newest release is doing great with the book currently in the top 100 on Amazon. Sales fluctuation is normal on Amazon. Many times it's the result of not publishing new works. There are 30, 60, and 90 day cliffs that a book hits that reduces its exposure. Doing some promotions can help but publishing more books is the best remedy.
Thanks for the info. I know those points very well. It came from an observation that when a new Trump controversy broke, my sales/page reads dipped temporarily. Not always, but coinciding enough times to seem more than coincidence. Merely wanted to know if this was a common effect. Big news stories breaking seem, in my experience, to have a similar effect. The difference is that Trump stories are trumpeted at more frequent intervals.
I would think by now people are becoming immune to his rampant dramas. I still check the news to make sure we haven't started a war yet, but only eye roll over the latest Trump drama. He Tweets inciting stuff whenever he's fading from the news.