I think for some reasons low sales are due to heavy snow / winter problems in the north-east of USA.
Cleveland: Minus 24 degree
New York: Minus 17 degree
Washington: Minus 16 degree
But all russian and sibiran authors laugh about those temperatures I guess.
There should be a multiplie choice and a “2 track quality pre-test” for new authors.before become official AJ author. This will avoid crappy stuff in the queue that will be rejected anyway and reduces endless HR discussion. Many new authors feel like experts and overestimate themselfes.New quality authors will pass this test easily.