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The-Duke
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Re: how are your sales going?

 

I know that Amazon controls a larger market share than B&N does, but that doesn't explain why in my slowest month on Amazon I sell fifty times as many books as I do on B&N in my highest sales month.

 

I market them both in all of my marketing work, I have them both listed all over my web sites.

 

I haven't had a sale on B&N since December (I have eight books on here) and am selling at a minimum of fifty books a month on Amazon, sometimes considerably more. The books are the exact same in every respect from cover to "The End". 

 

I'm not exactly complaining, I'm not depressed, I just don't understand?

 

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immortali
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Re: how are your sales going?

I listed my book on Feb 27 and have sold one at Barnes and Noble and 7 on Amazon. I'm satified.

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Tm-Moore
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Re: how are your sales going?

Yes, well, everyone here has a tale to tell. In my case, there was a sudden and dramatic drop off in sales on Amazon the moment they launched their free ebook program. In other words, if your ebooks were not on that list there is not a snowball's chance in hell that Amazon will sell it. All the Prime (and non-Prime) customers are now feeding at the freebie trough and not shopping the rest of the catalog.

 

I used to get steady sales of one title (nonfiction), and now it's not selling that well. None of my fiction has sold in six months. I pulled my ebook titles except the nonfiction and one fiction title. If the nonfiction does not sell well I'm pulling out altogether at the end of this month. You see, sales changed suddenly when there was a glitch in the KDP reporting system in August and they have not been the same since. In fact, I have seen a steady decline, and then the KDP Select program launched and sales dropped to zero. It does not make any difference what I have done to sell the books. Cover design, reformatting, nothing. During that time, for some reason BN sales dropped off, too. I think that BN, in its zeal to keep up with Amazon, neglected to monitor its own efforts to sell the books and is looking to Amazon to direct which way it will go. In my estimation that is not good for me.

 

I have reformatted the ebooks and uploaded them one last time with decent prices, no more than $4.99. If BN fails to sell them in the next six months with reasonable numbers I'll be pulling them out of BN, too. I don't see any point in falling all over myself trying to keep up with entities which are not paying attention to their own business. In that case, I'll stick with Smashwords and forget about selling through the biggies.

Theresa M. Moore
Author of the Children of The Dragon vampire series and other fiction/nonfiction books http://www.antellus.com/
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SF50
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Re: how are your sales going?

I fail to see the logic in pulling all your titles because they're not selling. Spite?

 

One sure way to be sure your work doesn't sell and reach the readers hands is to remove them from the retailers entirely, though I'm not going to try to argue in to more competition.

 

 

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Strayer
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Re: how are your sales going?

I just uploaded the new version and because I changed the categories and tags, I can find it. I don't have an ISBN and so that prevents me from using Smashwords. I have to work on getting sales. B&N has a beautiful display of books.
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Re: how are your sales going?

Strayer,
Not having an ISBN doesn't prevent you from using Smashwords. ISBNs are needed for Sony, Apple, and Kobo, but Smashwords will provide you with an ISBN for free to satisfy those retailers' requirement. Since you're already on B&N (and I assume Amazon) you just opt-out of Smashwords distribution to them.
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Strayer wrote:
I just uploaded the new version and because I changed the categories and tags, I can find it. I don't have an ISBN and so that prevents me from using Smashwords. I have to work on getting sales. B&N has a beautiful display of books.

 

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Re: how are your sales going?

Thank you, the information wasn't clear on Smashwords. Do you know if the carriage return before and after the page break is needed? It said that some ereaders need that. The other thing is the Axis360 for libraries. I would need an ISBN would I not? I will upload there. Anywhere a book can be sold is good.
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SF50
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Re: how are your sales going?

Ohh no here I go giving free advice! .. Uh oh. :smileyhappy:
I don't bother with the extra returns before and after page breaks. If you put them before a page break there's really no harm in it. If you put them after and it's not needed it adds extra lines. I have one book with something over 365 page breaks. No extra returns. At all. When people come to me to get formatting done there's not a single blank line return in the book. I make any needed extra space with paragraph formatting before/after.
Axis360? .. Look to be Baker-Taylor. Smashwords signed with Baker-Taylor something like 1 or 2 weeks ago so they're in the distribution now. I can't say if Axis360 is part of that distribution but if it's Baker-Taylor I would assume so.
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Thank you, the information wasn't clear on Smashwords. Do you know if the carriage return before and after the page break is needed? It said that some ereaders need that. The other thing is the Axis360 for libraries. I would need an ISBN would I not? I will upload there. Anywhere a book can be sold is good.

 

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Tm-Moore
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Re: how are your sales going?

Smashwords offers you a free ISBN. Take it.

Theresa M. Moore
Author of the Children of The Dragon vampire series and other fiction/nonfiction books http://www.antellus.com/
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Tm-Moore
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Re: how are your sales going?

The logic is in the fact that I have a web site and sell direct to readers. I don't put my eggs in one or two baskets. Sure, I'll leave them there and then gnash my teeth at the end of the month when there are no sales to begin with. I'm on Smashwords, too, and I sell more ebooks through Apple than just about everyone else. Even Smashwords. It says that the atmosphere is murky and I'm not about to stay in the Sargasso just because it's fashionable.

Theresa M. Moore
Author of the Children of The Dragon vampire series and other fiction/nonfiction books http://www.antellus.com/
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Re: how are your sales going?

I don't understand why you would pull your product if it's not selling. 

 

It costs you nothing to have the ebooks sitting there. And if people suddenly have a reason to search you out, and they can'y find your product because you pulled it from the site they visit.

 

I have over 500 titles, and I've seen a book sell 30-40 copies one month, and then 2 the next.

 

Sales for any given title are going to dip. The solution, make new product.

 

That's the reason why every sucessful writer other than Harper Lee wrote more than one book. 

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Re: how are your sales going?


Tm-Moore wrote:

The logic is in the fact that I have a web site and sell direct to readers. I don't put my eggs in one or two baskets. Sure, I'll leave them there and then gnash my teeth at the end of the month when there are no sales to begin with. I'm on Smashwords, too, and I sell more ebooks through Apple than just about everyone else. Even Smashwords. It says that the atmosphere is murky and I'm not about to stay in the Sargasso just because it's fashionable.


If you're selling well through Apple then I would focus all of your efforts on the Apple market. Apple is not an easy place to make sales IMHO, but I suspect for me it is because what I write isn't what the people who buy Apple products want to read. So I target other stores instead.

Also, people who buy Apples tend to have more disposable income (because Apple products are expensive) and if they like your stuff I think you should pursue that market by advertising on sites that sell apple products, do apple reviews, etc! Because you could probably make a fortune just selling to the Apple crowd.

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AmyRust
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Re: how are your sales going?

amazon link your book with other authors which promote sales and barnes and noble don't...

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ccav321
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Re: how are your sales going?

500?? titles what the heck do you write and do you sleep LOL

What are your sales on those average if you don't mind me asking

Right now I write under a pen name and under myself I am lucky to have 16 total books up LOL

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Re: how are your sales going?

I am new to ebooks and have been on Amazon for several months. I have the first 7 of the traditionally published women's fiction novels on Barnes and Noble and for the first two days there have been zero sales.  During this time there have been scores of books sold on Amazon.  The marketing is the same except for the added efforts on Barnes and Noble I have done on their Facebook page.

Not sure why it is so slow.

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The-Duke
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Re: how are your sales going?

I understand your problem with the sales.  I'm not new to eBooks and have the same problem, I sell 40-60 books a month on Amazon and here on B&N I have sold ONE book since December. It doesn't make any sense. Like you I do exactly the same marketing for both. I have six novels out there with more on the way. It's weird.

 

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Re: how are your sales going?

I sell many more books on Amazon than on B&N. Main reason being is that B&N's keywords don't work. Not the way they should. I have emailed Pubit about this more than once. When they do respond, they say they are working on it. Meanwhile, the only book of mine that sells steadily here has Alaska in the title. And though it is fiction, it is listed with books on Alaska Therefore, it sells. Go figure.

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The-Duke
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Re: how are your sales going?

 

Hey, at least you get answers from B&N. I've never gotten but one in response to were all my sales showing up.  I thought that might be a problem as to why I see so few.

 

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immortali
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Re: how are your sales going?

I finally got paid on the first of July for the months of February and March. I had more sales on Amazon and have not been paid a dime yet.