Thanks as always for your astute observations. I too have been noticing some strange patterns when it comes to sales. 3-4 sales can catapult you up the rankings as you mention, but strangely, a single sale of a book that hasn't sold in a few days ranks a lot lower than it used to. So when GCPU #2 sold a copy after a few days, it came in around #75,000, which has not happened before.
Sales also appear to have slowed down, when normally they pick up around this time of the month.
It takes fewer books to make radical moves because fewer books are being sold. I noticed three sales moved a book five spots in the top twenty. That tells me that no one is selling anything at that moment. Kdp freebies are depressing the market. You do the best you can and hope for the best.
That's what I thought it must be...a result of fewer over all sales. I've been watching it for a while and it does take far fewer to jump up in the the teen-thousands now...I just don't stay there very long, lol.
@Aman..I've noticed that if I sell less than two in a day it is very likely I will drop from a 35,000 rank the day before to a 75,000 rank the next day. That was just not as likely to happen this fall....and my own sales were pretty slow this fall! )
I'm glad I'm not the only one seeing depressed sales, Traci. Thought it was my books, and every day I check to see if anything had changed with them, but nothing had.
A week or two ago I was seeing around 30 sales a day across my trilogy, now I'm lucky to see 20 - I'm getting new averages of around 15. I'm actually going to adjust my pricing for a few weeks to see if I can find the 'sweet' spot. Probably $0.99 on the first book, then $2.99 on the second, and $3.99 on the third.
The competing books that are continuing to sell well in my genre are listed low in price, so I figure, give it a try for awhile, it might help waverers make the decision to try the first book in the series. Also have just completed another massive proof read, fixing minor typos and punctuation across the entire 300,000 word trilogy (I think I've worn out the comma key on my laptop's keyboard, lol.)
Anyway, have a brand new book of a brand new series coming out soon. It's in the dark fantasy genre, so will be interesting to see how it sells.
Congrat's on having a new series to publish! I feel like there are seasons for books, I had a great season last winter. And then this winter proved to be at least profitable even though the sales were fewer.
I think a new release could bring new life to my series but I don't have anything ready.
If I sell just one or two books a week, which unfortunately happens more often than I'd like, I notice a major jump in ranking that, curiously, lasts a week now, when it used to only last one or two days.
Which begs the question: compared to what? I think you're right about overall sales being lower than usual now. That's the most likely culprit.
Did you get a summer bump last year? I waited and waited for one but basically went from selling 12 copies of one book a day to selling two or three copies a day of two books, by the end of September. : (
Oh bummer. (Or should I say: "bumper"?) I just assumed there'd be a summer bump. There usually was in bricks-and-mortar bookstores, at least for fiction. I used to write software books, so the whole scheme there was based on software release and the academic calendar. This will be my first summer self-pubbed, so I sure hope sales improve, not just for me, but for everyone here!
I have noticed the same thing. I jump up and down from 100k ranking to currently at 69k with only one book sale on Amazon.
However, I sell an average of 4 to 5 books a day on B&N and my ranking moves up or down only a couple thousand. I have been teetering between 21k and 24k for the last two weeks. I am going to do a dance once I break into the teens (if that ever happens at this rate.)
The number of Kindles out there must have doubled since last year, from what I’ve read and heard. But lower sales for me. I suppose the newbies will eventually wise up about the freebies when they realize they make no money from it. And readers, tired of chewing through chaff looking for wheat might take a look at some ‘paid’ books. I’m being patient. Everything works out eventually.