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Have your sales declined during the pandemic?
« on: September 27, 2020, 01:16:52 pm »
Have your sales declined in a measurable way during the pandemic? Has the pattern of your sales changed?

I could always tell more or less how many books I would sell on any given day of the week. It has been quite steady and predictable over a number of years. I could tell what effects my promos would have on sales too. But over the course of the pandemic the pattern has changed dramatically.

Is that the same for you? Or have there been algorithm changes in the kindle store that have coincided with the pandemic?

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    Re: Have your sales declined during the pandemic?
    « Reply #1 on: September 27, 2020, 03:18:42 pm »
    Just the opposite.  I've been having my best year ever.

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    Re: Have your sales declined during the pandemic?
    « Reply #2 on: September 27, 2020, 03:27:25 pm »
    Just the opposite.  I've been having my best year ever.

    Has the pattern of your sales changed?

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    Re: Have your sales declined during the pandemic?
    « Reply #3 on: September 27, 2020, 03:33:10 pm »
    Has the pattern of your sales changed?

    Not in any way that has to do with the pandemic.  I had a very successful series that was connected in-universe to a series in my backlist and that backlist series has had the sales/page reads increase about 10-fold since May.  I released another series in a different sub-genre which has done okay but more in line with what I would have expected.

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    Re: Have your sales declined during the pandemic?
    « Reply #4 on: September 27, 2020, 04:13:14 pm »
    Paperbacks went up, but e-books have steadily declined and I have to "ad " them to keep decent numbers. Truth be told, I'm wondering where "Word of Mouth" has gone. It used to help me, or crutch me up quite a bit. my writer's blog, YA fan webiste and FB author's pages have gone way down in traffic.
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    Re: Have your sales declined during the pandemic?
    « Reply #5 on: September 27, 2020, 10:31:04 pm »
    No apparent changes for me. This year has been a lot like last year.

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    Re: Have your sales declined during the pandemic?
    « Reply #6 on: September 27, 2020, 10:40:37 pm »
    A little, but I also have very slow output and it's hard to distinguish between declining backlist sales and real-world effects.

    It would be interesting to see data from writers who a) pump out a lot of books pretty regularly, and b) have been doing this five years or more.

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    Re: Have your sales declined during the pandemic?
    « Reply #7 on: September 28, 2020, 03:57:32 am »
    Sales have been the same as years previous, with any dips or climbs usually the same -- they climb after a new book, and recede about 1-2 months out if a new book isn't released.

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    Re: Have your sales declined during the pandemic?
    « Reply #8 on: September 28, 2020, 05:13:47 am »
    Paperbacks went up, but e-books have steadily declined and I have to "ad " them to keep decent numbers.

    This is the same as me. And like you, I think I was a "word of mouth" seller. My sales used to spike on Mondays, which I came to assume was people talking at work after discovering my books at the weekend.

    It would make sense that more people working from home and certain sectors remaining closed would have a noticeable effect on word of mouth!

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    Re: Have your sales declined during the pandemic?
    « Reply #9 on: September 28, 2020, 05:51:11 am »
    Yeah, your sales used to spike Mondays because it was a holdover from Sunday. That's just the way it works.

    My sales are largely the same. People love a good light story when the world sucks.

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    Re: Have your sales declined during the pandemic?
    « Reply #10 on: September 28, 2020, 06:53:48 am »
    My paid sales seem about the same, but I have noticed a couple of places where I promote my permafree books aren't posting high numbers as they have in the past. I try specifically not to overmarket to them, waiting 3+ months or even 6 months between promotions, but they haven't gotten me the numbers I would prefer since the pandemic. That's my two cents. I've fallen off the cliff into the slush pile for sure and it's going to take time to climb out, unfortunately.

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    Re: Have your sales declined during the pandemic?
    « Reply #11 on: September 28, 2020, 10:07:56 am »
    I have noticed a couple of places where I promote my permafree books aren't posting high numbers as they have in the past. I try specifically not to overmarket to them, waiting 3+ months or even 6 months between promotions, but they haven't gotten me the numbers I would prefer since the pandemic.

    That is something I have REALLY noticed. I had a few bookbub targeted ads that were a cert, and now they don't really work.

    The covers of your Black Parade series caught my eye in your post, and I looked into it. It seems awesome! I need to read that now!!

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    Re: Have your sales declined during the pandemic?
    « Reply #12 on: September 28, 2020, 10:19:15 am »
    Yeah, your sales used to spike Mondays because it was a holdover from Sunday. That's just the way it works.

    Sunday was always my second biggest selling day, so that "explanation" literally makes no sense. Besides, there's no reason for a "holdover" from Sunday to have stopped happening now if it was happening before. Geez!
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    Re: Have your sales declined during the pandemic?
    « Reply #13 on: September 28, 2020, 11:36:05 am »
    Sunday was always my second biggest selling day, so that "explanation" literally makes no sense. Besides, there's no reason for a "holdover" from Sunday to have stopped happening now if it was happening before. Geez!
    Get as angry as you want but it's true. Monday sales roll in extra hard in the US because they don't come into your account until the credit card clears and more people are buying Sunday afternoon and night. There's a delay from when the buyer gets it until when the sale is marked in your account. Depending on how fast the charge clears, the delay can be minor or it can be much longer.

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    Re: Have your sales declined during the pandemic?
    « Reply #14 on: September 28, 2020, 11:48:55 am »
    I had a modest rise in sales from April through August...but September is just as unpredictable and often flat as normal.
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    Re: Have your sales declined during the pandemic?
    « Reply #15 on: September 28, 2020, 09:01:31 pm »
    That is something I have REALLY noticed. I had a few bookbub targeted ads that were a cert, and now they don't really work.

    The covers of your Black Parade series caught my eye in your post, and I looked into it. It seems awesome! I need to read that now!!

    I wonder what that might be, honestly. Could it be that people are finding titles on their own now that they have more time at home and so they're not relying on the old faithful free ebook sites as much? Would love to hear theories.

    And thank you so much! I certainly hope you read and enjoy it. I love your book covers as well!

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