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resteasy

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The Trump effect?
Posted: Feb 2, 2018 5:11 PM
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Every time a new Trump controversy hits the headlines, my US sales and page reads take a dive. I think the reports chart will roller-coaster this year.
Diana Persaud

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Re: The Trump effect?
Posted: Feb 2, 2018 5:12 PM   in response to: resteasy in response to: resteasy
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I haven't noticed a difference.
resteasy

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Re: The Trump effect?
Posted: Feb 2, 2018 5:18 PM   in response to: Diana Persaud in response to: Diana Persaud
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Glad to hear it, but it seems for me to have happened beyond coincidence. Perhaps readers find more refuge from political turmoil in your books than in the pages of mine.
Joseph M Erhardt

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Re: The Trump effect?
Posted: Feb 2, 2018 8:15 PM   in response to: resteasy in response to: resteasy
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resteasy wrote:
Glad to hear it, but it seems for me to have happened beyond coincidence. Perhaps readers find more refuge from political turmoil in your books than in the pages of mine.

It could be confirmation bias, but I think I've seen a similar pattern. It might be Trump+genre-related (mine are SF/fantasy).
ripandbenn

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Posted: Feb 2, 2018 10:08 PM   in response to: Joseph M Erhardt in response to: Joseph M Erhardt
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I'm British and I've noticed a double hit. First after Brexit and then after the American election.
JP Reedman

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Posted: Feb 3, 2018 5:51 AM   in response to: ripandbenn in response to: ripandbenn
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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.
Traveler321

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Re: The Trump effect?
Posted: Feb 3, 2018 8:42 AM   in response to: resteasy in response to: resteasy
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blaze99

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Posted: Feb 3, 2018 11:11 AM   in response to: resteasy in response to: resteasy
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Maybe the tax cuts, low unemployment and economic optimism are preventing people from spending money?
resteasy

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Posted: Feb 3, 2018 4:59 PM   in response to: blaze99 in response to: blaze99
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blaze99 wrote:
Maybe the tax cuts, low unemployment and economic optimism are preventing people from spending money?

Not a good move for the economy then. My question was entirely apolitical. But so be it.
Theresa M. Moore

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Posted: Feb 4, 2018 9:37 AM   in response to: blaze99 in response to: blaze99
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That would be my guess. I had sales (few) in November, but nothing since. Everyone must be waiting for the hoopla to die down.
Ralph E Vaughan

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Posted: Feb 4, 2018 10:28 AM   in response to: blaze99 in response to: blaze99
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blaze99 wrote:
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.
Dee Tezelli

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Posted: Feb 4, 2018 11:44 AM   in response to: Ralph E Vaughan in response to: Ralph E Vaughan
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Me Too...It's a Win-Win. I see nothing wrong with that. Cheers, Dee Tezelli, Seattle
novalray

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Re: The Trump effect?
Posted: Feb 4, 2018 1:33 PM   in response to: resteasy in response to: resteasy
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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.
resteasy

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Posted: Feb 4, 2018 4:26 PM   in response to: novalray in response to: novalray
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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.
C. Gold

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Re: The Trump effect?
Posted: Feb 4, 2018 11:59 PM   in response to: resteasy in response to: resteasy
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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.
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