weird Amazon Kindle sales...

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So I published a new book to Amazon Kindle yesterday morning.

Logged in just now and surprised to see 10 new sales.

I haven't started ANY marketing or promotions at ALL yet - literally all I did was hit publish and then forgot about it.
Nobody knows the book is published (not even family or friends), so naturally no reviews either.

This is the first book I have ever had this experience with, so I found it quite strange.

I'm curious if something like this has ever happened to anyone else?

Edit: Also, this book is fiction, so does not have the same keyword advantages of non-fiction.
#amazon #ebook #kindle #sales #weird
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  • Profile picture of the author angshuy2k
    Congratulation! for your sale. No, I have surely haven't got that many sale on the 1st day , that means you are surely doing really well. Or might be the niche that you have targeted is rare to find and really untouched niche by some others.

    pm me about the book.

    Kind regards,
    Swrajit
    Originally Posted by Lou Murphy View Post

    So I published a new book to Amazon Kindle yesterday morning.

    Logged in just now and surprised to see 10 new sales.

    I haven't started ANY marketing or promotions at ALL yet - literally all I did was hit publish and then forgot about it.
    Nobody knows the book is published (not even family or friends), so naturally no reviews either.

    This is the first book I have ever had this experience with, so I found it quite strange.

    I'm curious if something like this has ever happened to anyone else?

    Edit: Also, this book is fiction, so does not have the keyword advantages of non-fiction.
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  • Profile picture of the author AigulErali
    Congratulations, keep it going...test and scale up

    Aigul
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  • Profile picture of the author Adie
    Congratulations. I also have one boo in Amazon. It's been 4 months in there and so far the book has made 370 sales. It's a moneymaking ebook. I am going to publish my first fiction this January.
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  • Profile picture of the author DWK
    Congratulations on making those first sales. I'm interested in learning more about publishing Kindle books, but I will probably spend too much time kicking the wheels first.
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  • Profile picture of the author motley
    Congratulations! You have definitely done something right. Try to analyze your success, what exactly have you done. Cover? Description? Listing Title? Or may be you have published in a high-demand niche? Every thing is important, especially if you want to duplicate your success with next books.

    Keep going!

    Dmitrij
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  • Profile picture of the author Lou Murphy
    Thanks everyone for your kind comments!
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  • Profile picture of the author Lou Murphy
    For all those who have PMd me, sorry - I don't feel comfortable sharing the link to my book at this stage when I have just released it. Would you if it was yours?
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    • Profile picture of the author aprilm
      Originally Posted by Lou Murphy View Post

      For all those who have PMd me, sorry - I don't feel comfortable sharing the link to my book at this stage when I have just released it. Would you if it was yours?
      Alot of people welcome the competition, but I'd say you are spot on wanting to keep competition at bay at this stage of the game. Kindle publishing is just like internet marketing in my opinion, and you certainly don't see IM'ers throwing their well researched niches or goldmine keywords around.

      Congratulations on your sales! That's awesome!
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    • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
      Originally Posted by Lou Murphy View Post

      For all those who have PMd me, sorry - I don't feel comfortable sharing the link to my book at this stage when I have just released it. Would you if it was yours?
      I understand how you feel.

      Not that long ago I saw two books side by side at Amazon. One was ranked #3 in PAID and other #3 in FREE. They both had almost the exact same cover and exact same title. It was such a blatant copy. I took a screenshot in case I ever want to show an unethical Kindle author.

      However, when I searched for the copycat at a later date Amazon had removed it.
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    • Profile picture of the author donhx
      Originally Posted by Lou Murphy View Post

      For all those who have PMd me, sorry - I don't feel comfortable sharing the link to my book at this stage when I have just released it. Would you if it was yours?
      Of course you should share it. That's how to sell books.

      I can only guess you are ashamed of your book, otherwise you'd want the world to know about it. The whole point is to promote your work to the maximum.
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      • Profile picture of the author Lou Murphy
        Originally Posted by donhx View Post

        Of course you should share it. That's how to sell books.

        I can only guess you are ashamed of your book, otherwise you'd want the world to know about it. The whole point is to promote your work to the maximum.
        Hmmm, not sure I quite follow your logic here...Last time I looked, the Warrior Forum was not a place where people flock to buy contemporary fiction? :s
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      • Profile picture of the author mywebwork
        Originally Posted by donhx View Post

        I can only guess you are ashamed of your book, otherwise you'd want the world to know about it.
        So let me get this right - Lou started this thread because he was ASHAMED of his book? This is your ONLY guess as to why he won't give a link to it?

        :confused:

        A number of good reasons for not divulging the books identity have already been mentioned on this thread - perhaps you should read them and take another guess.

        Bill
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  • Profile picture of the author arranrice
    Congrats on the first sale on amazon! 10 sales in a day is very very good, I suggest you do a 24 hour free promotion to get reviews then... you will get more sales after the promo is finished.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lou Murphy
    Cheers Arran, yes. I will be doing a free promotion shortly. I definitely have cracked something with this book and done things differently than all the others.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lou Murphy
    In case anyone needs more evidence showing just HOW important a fantastic book cover is - go to the Kindle eBooks bestsellers section of Amazon, and at the top you'll see Amazon provides customers with 2 options to view:

    1) Detail
    2) Image

    Option 2) Image shows ONLY the cover image - no text for the title, no text for the author - absolutely nothing but the cover image.

    Have a bad cover and you stand little chance.
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    • Profile picture of the author Anthony Fesalbon
      Originally Posted by Lou Murphy View Post

      In case anyone needs more evidence showing just HOW important a fantastic book cover is - go to the Kindle eBooks bestsellers section of Amazon, and at the top you'll see Amazon provides customers with 2 options to view:

      1) Detail
      2) Image

      Option 2) Image shows ONLY the cover image - no text for the title, no text for the author - absolutely nothing but the cover image.

      Have a bad cover and you stand little chance.
      Congratulations Lou. Thanks for pointing out the importance of book cover.

      Hey, I didn't know that you can browse with image only option. Good tip.
      Now, my eyes are feasting with great looking book covers...really awesome.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dude-Dastic
      Nice to hear that you're making sales with no promotion. With a book of my own in the works, I hope to be able to sell a few.

      Originally Posted by Lou Murphy View Post

      In case anyone needs more evidence showing just HOW important a fantastic book cover is - go to the Kindle eBooks bestsellers section of Amazon, and at the top you'll see Amazon provides customers with 2 options to view:

      1) Detail
      2) Image

      Option 2) Image shows ONLY the cover image - no text for the title, no text for the author - absolutely nothing but the cover image.

      Have a bad cover and you stand little chance.
      Is this true of certain browsers? I can't find the image only option. :confused:
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      • Profile picture of the author Lou Murphy
        Originally Posted by Dude-Dastic View Post

        Nice to hear that you're making sales with no promotion. With a book of my own in the works, I hope to be able to sell a few.



        Is this true of certain browsers? I can't find the image only option. :confused:
        I'm using Chrome right now - which browser are you using?
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  • Sometimes, something seemingly ordinary or insignificant to you may be just the opposite the general public. It's like when I designed websites, or logos, I'd offer up 3 versions. There's one or two I really like, and one I dislike. Inevitably the one the client liked was the same one I hated.

    Maybe you stumbled on to something good here! Maybe it was the cover, maybe it was the title. Or maybe someone noticed it and it got featured somewhere?
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    • Profile picture of the author LilBlackDress
      Originally Posted by InternationalWidget View Post

      Sometimes, something seemingly ordinary or insignificant to you may be just the opposite the general public. It's like when I designed websites, or logos, I'd offer up 3 versions. There's one or two I really like, and one I dislike. Inevitably the one the client liked was the same one I hated.

      Maybe you stumbled on to something good here! Maybe it was the cover, maybe it was the title. Or maybe someone noticed it and it got featured somewhere?
      Definitely agree with you on covers. One book I wrote was just not doing so great. I liked the cover but decided to change it and BAM things took off for the book. So definitely tweaking the cover can be helpful.
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  • Profile picture of the author J Bold
    Originally Posted by Lou Murphy View Post


    Edit: Also, this book is fiction, so does not have the keyword advantages of non-fiction.

    But it has the benefit of being something people want to buy on their Kindle reader. Yes, there are a few non-fiction best sellers every now and then (The Secret and also the book by that Seal who was on the kill Osama team for just two examples in recent years), but what Kindle readers love to read and buy 9 times out of 10 are fiction books, without a doubt.

    So way to stumble into a hot reading Kindle niche!

    Much congrats.

    Keep it going. Write more books under the same pen name and build your audience. Rinse and repeat, man.
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    • Profile picture of the author Lou Murphy
      Originally Posted by J Bold View Post

      Yes, there are a few non-fiction best sellers every now and then (The Secret and also the book by that Seal who was on the kill Osama team for just two examples in recent years), but what Kindle readers love to read and buy 9 times out of 10 are fiction books, without a doubt.
      You're definitely right about this, which is why I put my main focus on publishing fiction.
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Gram
    Originally Posted by Lou Murphy View Post

    So I published a new book to Amazon Kindle yesterday morning.

    Logged in just now and surprised to see 10 new sales.

    I haven't started ANY marketing or promotions at ALL yet - literally all I did was hit publish and then forgot about it.
    Nobody knows the book is published (not even family or friends), so naturally no reviews either.

    This is the first book I have ever had this experience with, so I found it quite strange.

    I'm curious if something like this has ever happened to anyone else?

    Edit: Also, this book is fiction, so does not have the keyword advantages of non-fiction.
    I have definitely heard of this happening with some of my author friends. Sometimes, books that are newly published show up on a "hot list" or "new" and that can definitely give you some sales like you described.

    Good start...now it's time for the marketing!
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  • Profile picture of the author esuresh
    Congrats Man. Inspiring one.
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  • Profile picture of the author curly sue
    I have worked at Amazon during xmas season, trust me this is by far the best time to sell anthing at Amazon. People go crazy, they buy anything.
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  • Profile picture of the author madzstar
    wat is the name of your ebook? I would really like to know
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  • Profile picture of the author mywebwork
    That's a great start Lou, congratulations.

    I am curious at what you priced your first book at?

    Bill
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    • Profile picture of the author Lou Murphy
      Originally Posted by mywebwork View Post

      That's a great start Lou, congratulations.

      I am curious at what you priced your first book at?

      Bill
      Hi Bill,

      I started off at $2.99 so I could take advantage of Amazon's higher royalty level.

      Also, this is not my very first book published to Kindle, but it's the first one that has got sales with zero effort.
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      • Profile picture of the author tpw
        Originally Posted by Lou Murphy View Post

        Hi Bill,

        I started off at $2.99 so I could take advantage of Amazon's higher royalty level.

        Also, this is not my very first book published to Kindle, but it's the first one that has got sales with zero effort.

        Was it a shorter book like a chapter book?

        Or was it a longer title, more akin to a full novel?
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        • Profile picture of the author Lou Murphy
          Originally Posted by tpw View Post

          Was it a shorter book like a chapter book?

          Or was it a longer title, more akin to a full novel?
          Normally, I don't really publish anything less than about 20,000 words... in my experience with fiction, anything shorter than that has resulted in less sales.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lou Murphy
    It's a longer title, longer than a chapter book.
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  • Profile picture of the author wyppah
    Well done on sales. Any update, how many have you sold now?
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    • Profile picture of the author Lou Murphy
      Originally Posted by wyppah View Post

      Well done on sales. Any update, how many have you sold now?
      It's been a pretty steady 8-10 sales per day so far... touch wood.
      Only just got a couple of reviews up today and will start some promoting soon.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    This is normal. Amazon gets a ton of buyer traffic everyday. Keep up the good work. Sounds like your product is high quality.
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  • Profile picture of the author FreeMeal
    How much would you say your book's success was down to your cover?
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    • Profile picture of the author Lou Murphy
      Originally Posted by FreeMeal View Post

      How much would you say your book's success was down to your cover?
      Hmm... I'm actually still doing some experimenting at the moment to figure out exactly:

      a) Everything I did differently with this book.
      b) How do I develop a system to replicate its success with other books.

      So I can't really give a proper answer to your question yet.

      What I can say is, there are multiple factors that are key to a book's success.
      And the cover is a BIG one - one that you can't afford to be sloppy about.
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