The publishing adventure has started!
Did I come shooting out of the gate with big sales? Nope, and I didn’t expect to.
February sales: 5 (all on Amazon)
In the first two weeks of March I added “Night of the Aurora” (a novella) and “Into the Forest Shadows” (a novel). I’m starting the pricing lower for now until I can get a little traction, and then I’ll raise them to the regular prices. At the very end of the month all 4 titles finally got accepted into Smashword’s Premium Distribution (they were that far backlogged in their approvals), so I think I’ll have to wait another quarter to see any sales from that.
March: 21 (Amazon – 8, Smashwords – 9, B&N – 4)
That’s a 320% increase from one month to the next. A slow start, but still an increase.
I found out about Smashword’s Read an Ebook Week the last day it was going on. I put the short story and novelette up for free and in 9 hours 20 ebooks were downloaded. Not bad for such a small time-frame.
The giveaway had a good result on Smashwords in that it inspired several reviews. No reviews on Amazon and certainly not on B&N. I’m hoping those sites will catch up later.
I haven’t really done any promotion. March has been a very tiring month and I got sick. So, I’ve been concentrating on getting new material up. In fact, this past weekend I published another novelette (Where the Purple Grass Grows). I figure getting a backlist up is as important as anything else.