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'Also Bought' Lists - A blessing and a curse!

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Offline Anna Faversham Reading
07 Aug 2014, 10:13 AM | Post: #21

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RE: 'Also Bought' Lists - A blessing and a curse!

My 'Also Boughts', in the past, have shown a lot of semi-naked Highlanders or couples in very warm embraces. Anyone flipping from those to my latest are going to be disappointed as it starts in mid winter with everyone marching around in coats, cloaks or as many shawls as they can muster.

I've been relieved to see that lately my ABs give mine more of a chance of not disappointing the readers!

As you say, tp, we have no control over this, we are in the hands of the Zon.
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07 Aug 2014, 11:05 AM | Post: #22

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RE: 'Also Bought' Lists - A blessing and a curse!

It's a shame they don't target also boughts by genre. It's a very crude matching tool using simple sales - but it does drive sales to books as this proves. The biggest danger is that the odd matches can result in readers buying things they don't like - and end with a run of lower star reviews.

With enough reviews, it doesn't make too much difference to the overall rating - but with a new book, those few do drag down the average which has internal consequences (read, Amazon users hitting 4 stars and up) and external (advertising sites turning you down). I suspect it'll all straighten out in time - readers are going to be more likely to leave the page/ try and a sample so you should see a more concentrated readership (at the cost of short term sales)... It also doesn't help when the 'newest reviews' section is a string of 12 and 2s. That's got to be a red flag for some.

I don't think there's any really good response. A fresh round of review copies to bloggers might help get more considered opinions on the page. A quick LibraryThing/ GoodReads giveaway likewise. Or an email list mention of the importance of reviews.

On the plus side you know from your Tollsebury Time Forever reviews that you've got some serious talent, 4.6* from 100+ (so statistically significant) reviews beats some really big hitters - King's Under The Dome is at 4.1*. Sycamore Row is at 4.5*. Fifty Shades is at 3.3*. Gone Girl is at 3.8*. All have shifted 7 figures units - and you're beating them. Even John Green only edges you out with a 4.7* average.
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Offline Stu Ayris Reading All The Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
07 Aug 2014, 02:26 PM | Post: #23

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RE: 'Also Bought' Lists - A blessing and a curse!

Thank you for your kind words Campbell. I have come to see reviews as opinions and everyone is entitled to one of those. It's lovely to get good reviews but I'm very pragmatic with the less than glowing reviews. It's a strange old wonderful world that always keeps me on my toes!
Offline Mads Sorensen Reading A Quiet Life by Natasha Walter
07 Aug 2014, 04:57 PM | Post: #24

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RE: 'Also Bought' Lists - A blessing and a curse!

(07 Aug 2014 11:05 AM)Campbell Wrote: Wrote:  It's a shame they don't target also boughts by genre. It's a very crude matching tool using simple sales - but it does drive sales to books as this proves. The biggest danger is that the odd matches can result in readers buying things they don't like - and end with a run of lower star reviews.

With enough reviews, it doesn't make too much difference to the overall rating - but with a new book, those few do drag down the average which has internal consequences (read, Amazon users hitting 4 stars and up) and external (advertising sites turning you down). I suspect it'll all straighten out in time - readers are going to be more likely to leave the page/ try and a sample so you should see a more concentrated readership (at the cost of short term sales)... It also doesn't help when the 'newest reviews' section is a string of 12 and 2s. That's got to be a red flag for some.

I don't think there's any really good response. A fresh round of review copies to bloggers might help get more considered opinions on the page. A quick LibraryThing/ GoodReads giveaway likewise. Or an email list mention of the importance of reviews.

On the plus side you know from your Tollsebury Time Forever reviews that you've got some serious talent, 4.6* from 100+ (so statistically significant) reviews beats some really big hitters - King's Under The Dome is at 4.1*. Sycamore Row is at 4.5*. Fifty Shades is at 3.3*. Gone Girl is at 3.8*. All have shifted 7 figures units - and you're beating them. Even John Green only edges you out with a 4.7* average.
I would happily take a 3.3 average, or even 1.3, to get the sales of that book.
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Offline Stu Ayris Reading All The Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
07 Aug 2014, 05:15 PM | Post: #25

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RE: 'Also Bought' Lists - A blessing and a curse!

All part of the fun Mads! Our time will come! Groovy
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07 Aug 2014, 09:02 PM | Post: #26

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RE: 'Also Bought' Lists - A blessing and a curse!

Hands up who hasn't had a bad review on their short stories because of length, even when it's stated in the description?

Anyone?

Thought not. Big Grin
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Offline Stu Ayris Reading All The Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
09 Aug 2014, 04:51 PM | Post: #27

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RE: 'Also Bought' Lists - A blessing and a curse!

The curse strikes again!
Another review from the romantic brigade!
1.0 out of 5 stars the magical tragical life of Edward jarvis Huggins, 9 Aug 2014

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Sorry,couldn't get past the third chapter. I have never read a more confusing book. One minute you are in the 1700,s but the author is relating similies from today. Not for me I'm afraid!

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RE: 'Also Bought' Lists - A blessing and a curse!

(07 Aug 2014 09:02 PM)leep Wrote:  Hands up who hasn't had a bad review on their short stories because of length, even when it's stated in the description?

Anyone?

Thought not. Big Grin
I dunno, reviewers have been very kind to the duck. My shorties are very short, and I've had 'too short' comments, but not necessarily bad reviews due to length (or lack of it).
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09 Aug 2014, 05:15 PM | Post: #29

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RE: 'Also Bought' Lists - A blessing and a curse!

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It's still a blessing, I reckon. You are bound to get a few more of those (the reviewer also bought a zombie book she didn't like).

My guess is that romance outsells 'literary love and madness' by about a hundred to one. So if you can manage to convert more than one per cent of those to your brand of story telling, you should be quids in. And higher ranking gives visibility.
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RE: 'Also Bought' Lists - A blessing and a curse!

Whatever happens, happens - she also reviewed a can opener...
 
4.0 out of 5 stars a new kind of tin opener, 3 Jun 2014
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I would have given this tin opener 5 stars but just sometimes it cuts the paper around the tin and you have to rescue the paper from the tin. But overall a good opener and I think I may recommend it to people.
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