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This Kindle Unlimited thing hit my sales big time. I have a boxed set that was selling between 20-40 copies a day suddenly sink to single digits.  :o

What are some of the things you're doing? My entire backlist is not on Kindle Select, so this means all my books took a hit. I even have a blog tour going for my latest one, Whole Latte Love, and it hasn't sold a single copy since July 18. And of course, I had the bad luck to do a week of promotions for Knowing Vera starting July 19, the day after Kindle Unlimited hit.

I immediately published a novella and put it on Select and moved my nonfiction title over, as well as an erotica short which was doing nothing at the other sites. But all this doesn't make up for losing the sales on my boxed set and other eight titles. See my blog for sales graphs. Summer Sales Slump or Kindle Unlimited? A New Publishing Strategy. http://www.rachelleayala.com/2014/07/summer-sales-slump-or-kindleunlimited.html

Have your sales been affected? Have you done anything different? What's your Kindle Unlimited strategy? [note, this thread is not to debate Select or non-Select] Thanks!  8)
« Last Edit: July 25, 2014, 09:52:27 am by Rachelle Ayala »

 
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    Re: What's your Kindle Unlimited Strategy?
    « Reply #1 on: July 25, 2014, 09:47:39 am »
    My initial Kindle Unlimited strategy has been to read the very long Kindle Unlimited Strategies thread. ;)

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    Re: What's your Kindle Unlimited Strategy?
    « Reply #2 on: July 25, 2014, 09:51:47 am »
    Just checked it out. They're talking about Scribd and Oyster, etc.

    I should probably rephrase. What are your sales like after KU hit and what are you doing about it?

    Here are my sales graphs for the Chance for Love boxed set that was cruising along at 20-30 sales per day.



    And my over all sales after KU hit, and then with republishing two titles and adding one title to KU







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    Too soon to tell.
    Currently I'm relying on my readers to pick up the other books in my series, so things have stayed fairly steady.

    The one book that's taken a hit is the one that's still in Select, oddly enough. I've had more sales than borrows for that.
    Fortunately, sales at the other vendors (B&N and iTunes anyway) are up, accounting for 30% of total.

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    I'm still on the fence too. When sales dropped off on the 18th, I didn't put two and two together. I heard about KU back when it was first announced, but thought nothing more of it and didn't read the threads since none of my stuff is in Select. Now that I read through 44 pages of one thread today and 6 of another, I have to figure out what I want to do.

    One reason I'm hesitant to do anything just yet is an upcoming Bookbub ad which hits all retailers. Such ads usually raise sales on the whole series in each of those retailers. I wish we could get some numbers out of people who have run BB ads since KU has been live and see if they are in the normal range.


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    With three books in KU, I saw a spike in borrows on one of them, but I did see more sales on my books outside of KU too. So my data looks like this:

    • One out of three KU books got a spike in borrows.
    • Some of my books outside of KU got more sales.

    Overall, it seems beneficial to my overall sales. That being said, two of my KU books did nothing, which kind of implies that some of them aren't getting shown to readers. It might be a case of some kind of marketing rotation. I'd give it a little time to see if it picks up on the KU front.

    On the drop in sales outside of KU, it has to be something else causing it. I don't sell many books, but a drop from 30 sales a day to nothing implies that a promotion ended, or maybe the 30 day rule kicked in?
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    One reason I'm hesitant to do anything just yet is an upcoming Bookbub ad which hits all retailers. Such ads usually raise sales on the whole series in each of those retailers. I wish we could get some numbers out of people who have run BB ads since KU has been live and see if they are in the normal range.

    Doesn't really help, but I had a BB ad on July 6th.  The usual 4-week tail got pretty much chopped now but things got very hot at B&N for me. So I wouldn't give up the opportunity! It's BookBub!  Ride that pony!

    Dropping a book into KU is not an instant ticket to the top of the charts. I think it might just be a genre thing. Folks loading up on the top 100 and da pornz ;)
    A number of people who report big borrows don't mention what they write, pricepoints, series vs standalone etc, so it's not really helpful.

    What has really helped me was to stop reading the doomsday threads :)  I feel much better about KU right now.

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    No books in KU. Nothing has changed for me. :)

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    I was selling in the 200-300s everyday then it started dipping.  Now I sell in the 100s a day.

    However I looked and this is how my books sold for most of June before I released part 3 of Taken and did a Fiverr promo. 
    It's odd everything dropped so fast,  but I'm wondering if this is a regression to the mean for me.
    I can still earn about $100 a day doing this.

    But man those 200-300 days put me over 5k in sales this month. It's tough to think that won't be the norm.

    I guess the real test will be how sales for my next serial do because my collection isn't selling worth a darn.

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    No difference that I can see.

    B&N has been creeping up on my Amazon sales and this month have exceeded them. That's every incentive not to rush back into Select in hopes of jumping on the KU bandwagon.

    I left Select a long time ago because borrows dried up, so my thought is that KU won't be doing anything for me anyway. I have one book left in Select which I'll be taking out around mid August. I just thought I'd see if anything happens. So far, nada which is not surprising. But I told myself to give it 30 days which I think is a pretty fair shot.


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    I think it might just be a genre thing.

    I thought this was something that might be happening. My books are pretty much spread across a lot of genres. I've got the following in KU:
    • A fantasy/paranormal novel (50k words) $4.99
    • A YA scif-fi boxset (150k words) $8.99
    • A new adult romance novella (20k words) $2.99

    So far, all the action is on the fantasy novel, and the other two aren't getting any downloads.
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    No books in KU. Nothing has changed for me. :)

    This.

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    This Kindle Unlimited thing hit my sales big time.

    Same.  :(
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    The ranking of my new release immediately took a hit when KU started. It was in the top #100 romance list and now isn't. It's still in other lists (new adult etc) but it's definitely lost visibility. Sales are down. That could be normal dipping of sales but I think it's been spurred by KU. None of my books are exclusive to Amazon and that's the way it will remain.

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    Sales are down, but then I just came off of the 30 day new releases list so it's probable that's the factor for me as the timing just happened to coincide with KU's launch.


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    For the first few days my ranking shot up, borrows were way up, and even sales looked a little better. I was very excited about KU.  Then something happened. On the 22nd borrows started going down and sales have taken a huge hit. I've never sold this few kindles, but the ranking on my first book hasn't been this low in a really long time. It's weird. I don't know what to make of it just yet. I lowered the price on both of my books yesterday with hopes that sales will re-gain traction, and that's where I'm at right now.

     

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    My sales are up, but I also had an ENT promo on Monday. I thought that the KU might have made that ineffective, but I'm very happy with the results.

    I put a couple books in KU, but haven't promoted them much. I haven't seen any borrows yet. But if anyone did borrow anything, they may just not have read to 10% yet. It's hard to say.

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    My sales are way down, but it could be because of the summer. But my borrows are way down too.

    I have a second book to release, but I'm scared to release it. It seems like Amazon has some wonkiness it hasn't quite figured out yet.

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    Sales have remained steady after a week. I was little worried, but I don't think this has touched post-apocalyptic that much.

    Are those with lower sales writing romance? It would be interesting to know.

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    My sales have tanked.

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    Mine are increasing slightly, and I am not in KU at all (too many of my readers are on other sites). I did release a novella just before KU hit, and I do have another paranormal release that's stuck in review limbo at the moment.

    Other than the releases I do no marketing, so...who knows?

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    my sales have tanked as well. And the series I threw into KU hasn't even had a single borrow. I have no also-bots pointing at any of my books anymore. I'm just writing my frustrations out in the second of my Aurelia series. I have some promo's scheduled for 8/3 for the KU novelette series, we'll see what happens.

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    I was on course to have my best month with borrows yet, as I have been in Select since January. The borrows came to a dead stop the day KU was announced (I'm IN KU). Rankings took a nosedive. But that's not too unusual, my books roller coaster.

    I'm trying a CountDown right now on Book 2 to get some visibility. But so far today...nothing. No borrows, no sales.

    So far, two thumbs down for Kindle Unlimited  :-[
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    Prior to the KU launch, I was selling about 5 copies a day of my Kindle Worlds books.  Since the KU launch, I've averaged about 2 a day.  (Kindle Worlds isn't included in KU.)

    I've sold 2 copies of my newest book since the 18th, with 2 borrows.

    I'm trying to just hold tight for now, and generate more books.







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    Since KU hit, I've had at least one sale or borrow a day - considering that before that (not counting a bknights ad), my sales had been totally flat for July,  I'm feeling pleased.

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