Start-Out Sales Numbers

The publishing adventure has started!

Did I come shooting out of the gate with big sales? Nope, and I didn’t expect to.

Started out with “Spires” (a short story) February 13, and “Glint of a Suncatcher” (a novelette) on the 26th. They were available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords right from the start.

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.

Sales were:

March:Β  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.

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14 thoughts on “Start-Out Sales Numbers

  1. As Diane says – good start! And the 21 books a month is exactly what I projected as my initial sales. Let’s see if it does indeed work out that way once I start publishing.

  2. Good start. I’m wondering though if it wouldn’t be easier to have a partner. Someone who either writes exactly your genre or a related genre. That would ease the burden of bringing out too many stories too fast. The problem I see is that by pushing out stories at high speed, finding all the nitpicks (like grammar and spelling) could become a problem. I’m watching you to find out. πŸ˜‰

    • And actually I do. I send everything I have to an editor to copyedit, but also to find any plot problems that I might have missed. Will all the problems be found between the two of us? Nope. No book is going to be perfect. But I do know the resulting product is better than if I’d done it all alone. (I do this on an exchange basis, so it’s not expensive)

      Plus, nothing is set in stone. If a typo or homonym is found later by someone else and they let me know about it, I can upload a corrected file. In fact, in the back of the book I invite people to contact me with any of those they might find so I can do just that. πŸ™‚

  3. I know. But take me as an example. I read my ebooks on a Sony ebook reader. When I notice a spelling mistake it annoys me but I don’t stop to note it so I can get back to you (well, I might do next time but I didn’t this time). And with my time constraints, I’ll not go through the file again later unless I have much more time on my hand.
    I do agree that having someone else to go through your manuscript will eliminate many mistakes. Still, I found a dozen or so. With the next novel I read, I’ll mail them to you.

    The questions still stands. Have you considered working with other authors? What’s your take on that?

    • I’m curious as to exactly in what way do you mean? A closed beta-reader circle among a group of writers? A publishing Co-op? Something else?

  4. What I mean is this. You write quality Social Science Fiction. But you’re only one person, which restricts the amount of stories you can put out. So, to increase the number of books in your mini-Indi-publishing house, would you co-publish with one or more authors with the same quality but a slightly different genre (Think Holly-group there)? Maybe offering a collection of short stories with all authors, but the novels/novelettes of each author standing on their own *. It could streamline the marketing efforts. OK, you’re still at the beginning, but I’m still wondering.

    * I mean that every author is a self-publishing Inde-authro like you, only they’re all publishing under one umbrella brand (eg. Stargazer Pub).

    • Ah, okay!

      Hehe, and already ahead of you. I have two other authors lined up who write different types of science fiction than I do. It’s still under the ‘science fiction’ umbrella, but it does add more variety, as there are some types of SF I do not write or write very little of. Their books won’t be ready for a little bit, which gives me time to get my own going.

    • Yes to YA and MG, so long as they have some sort of SF element to them. So, they could be more present-day, but there would still need to be a ‘futuristic’ or ‘science’ base to them.

      Fantasy and paranormal, no. Unless the ‘paranormal’ involved science and not magic.

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