I signed up for NaNoWriMo but it’s already obvious I won’t be getting far with it. It was a tad overoptimistic on my side since I knew I had a couple of non-fiction projects to finish and which took priority. And various rooms in the house have reached critical mess and urgently need dealing with. So NaNoWriMo has become NaHoTiMo for me – National House Tidying Month. I shall defer my novel in a month endeavour until January, my NaJaWriMo. The immediate advantage there is that January has 31 days in it – 1 more than November – and also only one national holiday in it here in France, as opposed to two. Also the weather will be a darn sight worse and it will be much easier to be indoors writing.

I’ll still do some fiction writing though – plenty of ideas bubbling around in my head.

OK, sales update time. I’ve fed the new figures into the bar chart on the right. Here’s a summary:

Oh Gran 898 (last week 830 – weekly movement 68, prev week 73 so fairly steady)

The Witch’s Dog 627 (last week 483 – weekly movement 144, prev week 153, so again consistent)

Escape the Volcano 489 (last week 372 – weekly movement 117, prev week 137, again steady)

Oh Auntie 30 (last week 25 – weekly movement 5, prev week 1)

Oh Grandad 19 (last week 13 – weekly movement 5, prev week 4)

Beat the Hackers 12 (last week 9 – weekly movement 3, prev week 2)

 

New kids on the block since last week:

Oh Santa! 11 on Smashwords, 1 on Kindle

De-Witched 51

Witching Again 37

 

That’s a total of 442 books moved for the week, pas mal! All sales/downloads except one have been through Smashwords. Come on Kindle readers, buy my stuff! See my Smashwords page here.

 

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.