I’ve decided to follow Alex Adena’s lead and do a weekly summary of my sales figures, warts and all. I hope it will be interesting for other indie authors to see how their fellows are getting on. In rather a lot of the authoring-related forums and groups, there are plenty of whoops of joy on a good day, but a lack of transparency on the not so good! Of course, no one’s obliged to divulge what their sales actually are, but it may help create a more realistic view of actual numbers of books that can be moved in various genres. A lot of people come in to publishing with way over the top expectations. Generally results are fairly steady and mundane.

So, to get going I’ll do this report every Monday morning, at more or less the same time (farm chores etc etc permitting!).

To get the ball rolling, here are my sales to date i.e. 17.10.11:

 

Amazon Kindle

Oh Auntie! (99 cents)     9 (US 3, UK 6)

Beat the Hackers (99 cents)         4 (US 1, UK3)

 

Smashwords

Oh Gran! (free)                                                757

The Witch’s Dog (free)                  336

Escape the Volcano (free)            235

Oh Auntie! (99 cents)     24 samples downloaded, no sales

Beat the Hackers (99 cents)         7 samples downloaded, no sales

Oh Grandad! (99 cents)                 9 samples downloaded, no sales

 

It’s fairly clear – and disappointing – to see that people like free books and find even 99 cents a bit of an imposition! Now, so far I’ve only epublished children’s books, which I haven’t put illustrations in. (The original printed versions had them, but I only have the rights to the text, not to the illustrations so can’t reuse them in my ebooks.) Children’s books for younger readers without pictures aren’t the most attractive, it has to be said. So really, results have been better than expected. And as I’ve mentioned in previous posts, listing my books on www.getfreeebooks.com has given them a significant boost, as has their appearing in Barnes and  Noble’s Nook bookshop.

Let’s see what this week brings.

One thought on “Weekly Sales Report 1

  1. Oh wow! I guess I’ll try to get more pictures then. Is this low sales true with other styles of books? I am a bit concerned with whether it’s best to ebook or not. To be honest I don’t think it is the cost of the book that is making it slow, it is the method. I’ve spoken to quite a few over here, who feel that putting a childs book online is simply not right. They seem okay with adult info but that it’s critical that reading with younger children is ‘personal.’ Computers seem to make them relate to putting on a kids tv show. It’s a new method and I live in the south, where old fashioned is still proper. I don’t know what is in other peoples minds but I do know that it seems to be the feedback I am getting. I would love to put the kids books out in paper form. I have had a lot of people where I work, that want to buy the books, not online…not even interested with online…not even for free!
    I’m a little worried about whether it can make or break my future to do this.
    Thanks for the info and the sharing!
    Wendy

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