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Offline Fluffy1 Reading Police Jo Nesbo
28 Nov 2016, 06:17 PM | Post: #1

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The inexplicable world of sales on Amazon

Apologies for my lengthy absence from these boards but I have been finishing two books while tackling an ever complicated NHS job.
Having spent my past life cack-handedly promoting my work on twitter, facebook, etc, with the end product of having no sales at all for weeks on end, I have come to the conclusion that doing absolutely nothing all will get your book noticed by the internal and obscure workings of the Amazon machine. In othe words, the second book has started selling well for no reason I can see and certainly not on any effort from my part.
I shall therefore adopt this approach for all future offerings!
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29 Nov 2016, 03:34 PM | Post: #2

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RE: The inexplicable world of sales on Amazon

Perhaps an employee of Amazon read your book and gave it a push? 

The blurbs of both books look enticing, so maybe it is just your hard work paying off.
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Offline Fluffy1 Reading Police Jo Nesbo
29 Nov 2016, 05:54 PM | Post: #3

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RE: The inexplicable world of sales on Amazon

I hadn't thought about that, but it is possible.
Thank you for your kind words, Anna.
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29 Nov 2016, 07:14 PM | Post: #4

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RE: The inexplicable world of sales on Amazon

Some books just sell better than others, with or without significant promotion. It's often hard to see why.
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02 Dec 2016, 01:16 PM | Post: #5

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RE: The inexplicable world of sales on Amazon

Has anyone else had this happen and can you work out why?
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02 Dec 2016, 07:54 PM | Post: #6

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RE: The inexplicable world of sales on Amazon

The cover looks great! And it's only 99p... together with an exciting blurb, popular genre and some good reviews then maybe not such a surprise after all?

Also, what categories/keywords did you select? I am convinced that getting your book placed properly in the algorithms makes more difference to sales than any amount of tweeting and blogging.
Offline SteeBee
02 Dec 2016, 10:25 PM | Post: #7

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RE: The inexplicable world of sales on Amazon

Hi Bikram. I too tried the usual facebook/twitter routes. I don't believe it had any effect on the sales of my debut book. For the past two months or so I haven't bothered with any advertising at all - the result? The book is selling well! 
I certainly won't bother with advertising in the future - I will announce KDP promotions but frankly I don't need to use them at the present time.
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RE: The inexplicable world of sales on Amazon

I think keywords play a large part. Anyone got any tips for choosing keywords?
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03 Dec 2016, 09:46 AM | Post: #9

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RE: The inexplicable world of sales on Amazon

It's all something of an opaque mystery to me. Enjoy the current flow of sales and here's hoping it can continue for you. Good luck.
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nigel

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Offline Fluffy1 Reading Police Jo Nesbo
03 Dec 2016, 12:01 PM | Post: #10

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RE: The inexplicable world of sales on Amazon

(02 Dec 2016 07:54 PM)Katherine Roberts Wrote: Wrote:  The cover looks great! And it's only 99p... together with an exciting blurb, popular genre and some good reviews then maybe not such a surprise after all?

Also, what categories/keywords did you select? I am convinced that getting your book placed properly in the algorithms makes more difference to sales than any amount of tweeting and blogging.
Hi Katherine,
Thank you for your kind words.
I am relatively new to all this so just use basic keywords like action thriller. I strongly believe tweeting does very little so stopped a while back.
I am convinced the key to success is getting on the 'customers who bought this item also bought' lists of relatively successful books and that happened by pure luck in my case!
Equally, the moment those books stop selling and you drop down their lists, your sales go down. Not that I'm obsessed or anything....

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