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:
Oh Auntie! (99 cents) 9 (US 3, UK 6)
Beat the Hackers (99 cents) 4 (US 1, UK3)
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.