Do You Have an Amazon Headache? #MondayBlog

You’re not alone.

I could write a long post on the chaos that’s happening in and around Amazon, but you can find the details everywhere.

I suggest listening to Joanna Penn’s podcast today as she talks about Amazon’s move towards being a “pay to play” platform, the large number of authors who report losses in sales and talks about the difficulty European writers are having with Amazon. Good articles on the general topic are:

My personal story is that I logged into my sales page on Saturday morning and found there were no books. No books! It’s bad enough that my sales have tanked, but to have lost my books was a bit much. I spent my weekend telling myself to breathe. This too will pass, I told myself. And with a few emails it did pass, and everything is back in place. Was it a hickup? More like a belch.

What I know for sure is :

  • seismic change is happening in the Amazon ecosystem (Mark Dawson said that there has been more change in publishing in the last six weeks than in the last six years)
  • also-boughts are dead (at least for now – Is this a marketing experiment???)
  • if you want to be noticed in the biggest book store in the word, you’ll have to advertise
  • Amazon’s segmentation into country stores could become more rigid and shall we say tricky.

For me this upheaval has been more than a headache, it’s been a heartbreak.  

believed, and, yes, you can call me naive, that Amazon’s intent was to further the world of books, to enable people to write and publish freely, to reach their market … to grow art. Now, it’s becoming quite clear to me, that what I was watching was the first step, the seduction phase you might say, of a larger business plan and the true goal is to make lots and lots of money.

Any thoughts? I’d love to hear from you.

Author: Jo-Ann Carson

About Jo-Ann Carson Where magic happens … Reports of Jo-Ann Carson’s death on a Gulf Island are greatly exaggerated or, at the very least, premature. The eclectic crew of ghosts that haunt her head spill onto the page in two series: The Gambling Ghosts and The Ghost & Abby Mysteries. A Viking with existential issues, a broken hearted Highlander, a Casanova man-witch and a Pirate with a secret are just a few of the males her strong heroines encounter in tales of fantasy, adventure and romance. A firm believer in the magic of our everyday lives, Jo-Ann loves watching sunrises, walking beaches near her home in the Pacific Northwest and reading by the fire. You can visit her on social media: Website * Blog * Twitter * Facebook

9 thoughts on “Do You Have an Amazon Headache? #MondayBlog”

  1. I don’t quite understand this. All of my books are on the KDP reports and they are selling. I read the two articles. Is this limited to International readers that use U.S. Amazon? I would think more sales would be more money for everyone, the author and Amazon.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Writers outside the US are definately feeling more changes. So far. Check out the other comments. Are you seeing any also-boughts on your pages? That’s how we sold a lot of books before.
      I hope you continue to find nothing different.


  2. I didn’t lose my books in my KDP dashboard and they seem to be available internationally if I specifically search for them, but there is either something direly wrong with KDP’s sale reporting (I’m hoping it’s just glitchy because they have the new “KDP Reports” in beta)–or (yeah, maybe as a marketing experiment) or they’re hiding my titles. 😦 😦 In the last week, I had one 1 sale day, two 2 sales days, and a zero sale day, numbers (or LACK of numbers) I haven’t had since the very earliest days (like when I only had one book out). Saturday my sales appeared normal (not amazing, but about average for my generic reach–what I call days I’m not advertising (or only have very small Amz ads running) or don’t have specific promotions running. I foolishly thought, Oh, Phew. They’ve sorted out whatever they were doing. Then . . . zero sales yesterday (which I just flat out don’t believe. Sunday has always been one of my best days for sales and like I said . . . I don’t have zero sales days) and so far zero again today.

    What bothers me the most is that there’s nothing we can do about it . . . we just have to wait and see and hope Amazon gets themselves figured out. 😦 😦

    Liked by 1 person

  3. I agree. Things seem quite bizarre and lots of roadblocks are appearing. I’m quite unsettled by this. I ordered some print books and they seem to be arriving by mule-train. With CreateSpace, they would have arrived already. I don’t understand why they wanted to dismantle (CreateSpace) as it was functioning just fine. In my opinion.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Thank you for the information Jo-Ann. I haven’t seen any changes with my book. Being new to the self-publishing world I am in my amazon account daily and haven’t noticed any changes thus far. Whew!
    I do notice that KDP print does take some time. The first time I bought author copies the date of arrival seemed to be a long turn around. They ended up showing earlier. I hope that is the case for my latest order. It may be time to look at alternative self-publishing opportunities. I will check out Ingram Spark after NaNoWriMo

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.