When it doesn’t sell anything, clearly.
Okay, this needs a bit of explanation, but it’s an odd one. So things have been going pretty well sales-wise lately. Colony and Shadow of an Empire just keep ticking away copies, finally moving my book income from “Spare change” to “rent payment.” Or at least, they were, save for this last week.
What happened? Well, I went ahead and put Unusual Events: A “Short” Story Collection on a random sale for the week. Starting a 99 cents. Colony and Shadow were both doing well, so I figured that a nice discount on Unusual Events (Still, to date, my only book to not generate a profit and my lowest selling of all time) would maybe allow it to move a few copies alongside its stronger siblings.
Let me tell you, did that backfire. Instead of Events selling a few copies … all other sales stopped dead.
No, I’m not kidding. Fine one day and then wham! Down came the wall. All sales stopped dead. Even Kindle Unlimited reads dried up, going from a steady number of reads per day to almost nothing.
And then on Monday, the sale was over, and what happened? The numbers took a few days to go back up, but now they’re moving back to where they were.
Honestly? I’m as confused as anything about this one. The only theory I’ve got is that people who were looking at getting their hands on a copy of Colony or Shadow saw that Events was on sale and decided to wait until one of them was on sale, maybe?
That’s literally the only theory I have. As I watch the numbers slide back to normal post sale, that’s all I can offer. And even that doesn’t explain the KU numbers dropping into the abyss.
Is it coincidence? If so, it’s one of the strangest coincidences I’ve seen. And like I said, I have no explanation. Maybe Events is even less-appealing than I thought, so much so that it taints all other books based on its price?
I have no idea. Regardless, I thought it was interesting. Guess that’s one mistake I won’t be making the future. Unusual Events goes on sale with everything else, or not at all!
8 thoughts on “When Is a Sale Not a Sale?”
Huh, maybe it’s cursed…?
At this point, that’s as logical as anything else.
I have heard rumors—but only rumors—that Short Story collections are really falling right now, but taking everything else with them? That’s strange indeed!
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That’s just sad. Sounds like garage sale syndrome. People see something unreasonably cheap, and it becomes harder than pulling teeth to get them to pay a fair price for anything else around it.
Noticed you had a double comment, so I went with the first.
Again, don’t know. Possibly? If you’re right, hopefully the sale this weekend kicks things back into gear a bit and makes up for it.
Several people on my FB writing groups complained of similar experiences in this time frame. My guess: it’s not you – you were just unlucky. Hope that’s all it was.
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Well, good to hear it may not have just been me. Bummer for all involved though, and I hope it turns around!
I hope it does turn around; sometimes these things take a couple of days. It might be premature to think something got messed up. Take screenshots meanwhile, though – data is data.
Yeah. Two weeks of dearth after doing quite nice was a complete shock.
Didn’t even think about screenshots, but that’s a good point. Data is data!