Right, I’m new to this, having just published my first novel, The Hunter Inside, on 12th May 2012. So, this isn’t an article providing answers and guidance on how to understanding how the aforementioned things work.
Nope, it’s a cry for help! My sales started off relatively OK I thought. Obviously lots of friends and family buy your book, but they only accounted for about half the sales I had in the first two days. But since Tuesday morning KDP Reports are saying I haven’t sold a single copy. OK, maybe nobody is buying my book. I can handle that. These things take time. Work hard, reap the rewards. Blah blah blah.
The thing that is confusing me though is that it’s slid down the rankings a lot – which makes me think that yeah, it isn’t selling just yet. What I can’t work out though, is why my ranking jumps up instead of only going down. This morning I found myself 33 thousand and something in the rankings. Then, at lunchtime, I was 31 thousand and something. How can you go up 2 thousand places without selling a single copy?
I know there are other factors. You might say – ‘It takes several hours for a sale to show up’ or ‘If someone uses a card it takes until the money clears to show the sale on the report’. I appreciate that, and the cut and pasted response from Amazon telling me similar, but this thing of going up and down the rankings has been happening for three days without any sales.
Does anyone out there understand this better than me? Are there other factors I’m not considering? Is KDP Reports broken? Does nobody want to read my book? Will Batman escape the evil clutches of The Joker?
Someone tell me I’m not mad. Or, better still, buy my book and let me know so I can test the theory. What? It was worth a try!! Seriously though, can anyone help explain how I can go up and down without selling?