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How are your December sales going?
« on: December 11, 2011, 10:01:43 AM »
I'm tired of lurking KDP Select threads. All this debate gives me headaches.

Since I haven't seen any self-flagellating over December sales yet, how are you guys doing so far now that we're 1/3rd of the way through the month? I'm having a good month as far as number of copies goes, but the title selling well is only 99 cents, so it's not my best month for royalties. Getting close, though.

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Re: How are your December sales going?
« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2011, 10:03:52 AM »
I'm doing fairly well on the one book because of the freebie I had. Otherwise this month would really be sucking bigtime, both on Amazon and B&N. It seems we haven't gotten a December bump yet, at least as far as I'm concerned, anyway.

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Re: How are your December sales going?
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2011, 10:07:03 AM »
Can't complain, a little up on last month and November was my best month so far.

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Re: How are your December sales going?
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2011, 10:10:34 AM »
I'm having a great month due to a PoI feature on the third. It really bumped sales. While sales have settled out, my daily averages are now slightly higher than they were in Nov.
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Re: How are your December sales going?
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2011, 10:19:36 AM »
Kindle sales are miserable. Not that I'm surprised.

Paperback sales are up nicely. Not that I'm completely surprised. :)

(I'd been predicting no meaningful boost to ebook sales ahead of Christmas, but a boost in paperback sales, as more people gift paperbacks than ebooks.)

My (permanent) freebie on Amazon has had basically zero effect - a few hundred downloads in three weeks, no effect on sales of other titles, and not even the practically guaranteed review complaining about the length of a clearly-marked short story. :) It's like, I know I suck, but come on, people, work with me here...

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Re: How are your December sales going?
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2011, 10:23:44 AM »
I'm tired of lurking KDP Select threads. All this debate gives me headaches.

Since I haven't seen any self-flagellating over December sales yet, how are you guys doing so far now that we're 1/3rd of the way through the month? I'm having a good month as far as number of copies goes, but the title selling well is only 99 cents, so it's not my best month for royalties. Getting close, though.
I couldn't agree more although I'm going to mention KDP Select. :)

My Kindle sales are up more than 10% over November (which were up 30% over October). They have actually improved slightly since KDP Select went live in spite of only having 1 novel in KDP Select.

However, I have a couple of KND ads running today so I am anxiously watching that. So far the results are disappointing on the ads, but it is very early in the day.
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Re: How are your December sales going?
« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2011, 10:29:47 AM »
Not really great for me. I'm waiting for the after Christmas bump.

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Re: How are your December sales going?
« Reply #7 on: December 11, 2011, 10:38:39 AM »
For now, hitting my usual target with my front runner 'Depths of Deception' - which keeps gradually increasing. November was the best month ever - but I guess we'll see in a couple of weeks how December turns out. Noticed a 'hiccup' for a couple of days, I guess due to all the fiddling going on with Amazon and 'free.'

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Re: How are your December sales going?
« Reply #8 on: December 11, 2011, 10:40:18 AM »
My first week and first book.

Barely any marketing at all and haven't really told my friends or family yet, so no down loads from them yet.

Anyhow, 6 downloads so far.

Not exactly viral lol, but I'm happy enough for my first few days.
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Re: How are your December sales going?
« Reply #9 on: December 11, 2011, 10:51:17 AM »
Not the best month for me so far. I'm holding out hope for the after Christmas bump!

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Re: How are your December sales going?
« Reply #10 on: December 11, 2011, 10:51:56 AM »
Abysmal.

I've descended to yet another, lower level of non selling hell. With the dawning of each of the last 3 months, my sales have virtually halved overnight. At this rate, I'll probably get a bill from Amazon next month as I move into deficit figures.   :(
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Re: How are your December sales going?
« Reply #11 on: December 11, 2011, 11:07:09 AM »
Will there even be a December bump? There are so many people self-publishing now that the 'pie' is not infinite. Mind you, I'm happy with my numbers, but I watch them get smaller every month and everyone mentions that they're just waiting for the next bump. This September wasn't like last September. This October wasn't like last October. This November wasn't like last November. Etc.

I would freaking LOVE a bump. But I'm thinking it's not something we should rely on.

And that being said, my sales are slow. :P  Down about 25% from last month.

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Re: How are your December sales going?
« Reply #12 on: December 11, 2011, 11:09:24 AM »
Wait...people actually BUY stuff in December??? I was thinking everyone was done buying stuff in November, based on my sales... *heh*

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Re: How are your December sales going?
« Reply #13 on: December 11, 2011, 11:28:53 AM »
I've sold 15 copies of my new ebook, All I needed to Know I Learned from Columbo and I sold 5 copies of my Novel, "Tales of the Dim Knight."

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Re: How are your December sales going?
« Reply #14 on: December 11, 2011, 11:31:03 AM »
Best so far, though that only means I might hit $10 this month, or $20 if I get lucky in the Christmas rush :).

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Re: How are your December sales going?
« Reply #15 on: December 11, 2011, 11:33:58 AM »
I screwed up my sales by going free for a day, so I don't know.

My gut feeling is that I'm probably doing worse than Nov., by a little bit, but that could change.

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Re: How are your December sales going?
« Reply #16 on: December 11, 2011, 11:36:43 AM »
I'd be happy without huge bumps in sales. If I could just trundle along at my modest August level, I'd be content. It's these elevator drops every first of the month that scare and befuddle me.
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Re: How are your December sales going?
« Reply #17 on: December 11, 2011, 11:55:59 AM »
They are going meh. I hope this is not another September. Need to get back to marketing and sacrificing. I mean blogging.
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Re: How are your December sales going?
« Reply #18 on: December 11, 2011, 12:01:53 PM »
8.  ;D

Question: I've read that the average author sells 4-8 books their first month out. I tripled that number, so I'm a happy camper. What is the average for the second month out?

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Re: How are your December sales going?
« Reply #19 on: December 11, 2011, 12:02:38 PM »
I haven't sold one copy of anything yet this month.

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Re: How are your December sales going?
« Reply #20 on: December 11, 2011, 12:08:59 PM »
ETS, my first five months were 24-18-9-9-18 and then it hit a tipping point.

I was wrong -- Dec is doing better than Nov, financially. In Nov, by this time, I made $970. In Dec., the same length of time brought in $1100 at $3.99 per book.

I'm trying an experiment right now. I lowered the price to $2.99 temporarily, to see if sales pick up. To equal what I was making at $3.99, I have to sell 40-50 books a day at $2.99.

Right now, it looks like my sales numbers are staying the same, regardless of the price. But the day's not over yet.

But if the # stays between 25-30, then I'll set the price back to $3.99 and leave it there.

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Re: How are your December sales going?
« Reply #21 on: December 11, 2011, 12:10:48 PM »
I haven't sold one copy of anything yet this month.


Awwww, honey. Check your numbers. I just bought one of your books to get the ball rolling.

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Re: How are your December sales going?
« Reply #22 on: December 11, 2011, 12:11:58 PM »
Note:  Not really crying...I just thought that smilie was so adorable, I had to use it.  Truthfully, my lack of sales are probably my own fault.  I've been so busy with other projects, I've done virtually no promotion.

I'm waiting for after Christmas when people get their new readers.  Hopefully we will all see a bump then.

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« Reply #23 on: December 11, 2011, 12:13:05 PM »

Awwww, honey. Check your numbers. I just bought one of your books to get the ball rolling.

Oh my God, you are so sweet!  Thank you so much.  I hope you like it.  :)  What a doll you are!

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Re: How are your December sales going?
« Reply #24 on: December 11, 2011, 12:16:18 PM »
Awwww, honey. Check your numbers. I just bought one of your books to get the ball rolling.

Likewise. I wonder if it was the same book?

Congratulations, JeanneM, your Kindle sales for the month are now equal to mine. :)