The effects of KDP Select in one graph: Saturday #saleswanking

We can all agree that I’m still not lighting the world on fire or anything, but the difference is pretty stark.  See if you can guess exactly when I put Skylights on Amazon exclusive.  The interesting thing is that two of those sales are for Benevolence Archives, which not only isn’t Amazon-exclusive but is free elsewhere and sells very few copies as a result:

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Luther M. Siler

Teacher, writer of words, and local curmudgeon. Enthusiastically profane. Occasionally hostile.

5 thoughts on “The effects of KDP Select in one graph: Saturday #saleswanking

    1. Incidentally, the “gentle English fashion” line had me convinced that it was going to be some sort of two-star, “The author tried hard, and isn’t that what counts? Bless his heart.” pan or something, so I’m not joking AT ALL about being glad you liked it. 🙂


  1. Sorry about the scare. I have been searching (unsuccessfully) for a blog I read about star rating stats. Apparently books do better with a variety of ratings, readers want to know what is the worst anyone said and whether they would agree with that writer and they believe the other reviews more, because of the existence of the one/two star ratings… or something along those lines. I must admit I loathe having to put stars, so rarely review on Amazon.

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    1. I was just talking to another author about that issue– for me, five stars is “I would recommend this to other people,” four stars is “I liked it,” three is “I finished it,” and one- or two-star ratings almost never happen because I rarely actually finish those books. Now, this means that I tend to award lots of four- and five-star books, because I know my tastes well enough that if a book gets bought in the first place it’s probably going to be something I like.

      None of that, of course, has anything to do with the fact that SKYLIGHTS is only getting four-star reviews, or at least until last night it was. 🙂


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