Hey readers and writers, PJ, here. Welcome to Tuesday’s Secrets of Seven Scribes. Since I know there are more than a few folks curious about how things are going with my book, today I’ll be sharing the secret of my sales numbers. Leave a comment and enter to win a copy. A winner will be randomly selected. Entry closed at midnight this Friday, Nov. 18th. Good Luck!
Well, I’m seven weeks in to this wild and crazy Indie ride. For those of you who are new to the Scribes, I chose to independently publish my YA novel, Heaven Is For Heroes, back in September. That’s right—no agent, no publisher, no publicist. My husband makes my covers, I hire out my editing, and I do my own formatting for all distribution channels. I’m responsible for setting up promotional opportunities, maintaining a social networking presence and sticking to deadlines just as if I have a publisher breathing down my neck. The difference? 70% royalties for one. Other reasons include total freedom in choosing cover art and the ability to write and publish what I want, when I want. My second book, On Thin Ice will be out next month. Yup, two books released in three months. Let’s see traditional publishers do that!
Of course, I couldn’t do it alone. Along the way, I’ve found some amazing help. The guys and gals over at The Writer’s Guide to E-Publishing (WG2E), the Indie Romance Ink yahoo group loop, YARWA (Young Adult Romance Writers of America), and all of the individual bloggers that so generously give of their experience and time to blaze the trail for us newbies. One of the most inspiring parts of this journey is to watch the success of others. I’ve enjoyed following D.D. Scott and her fellow groggers post their sales numbers. To see the miniscule numbers grow exponentially with each new book added to their cyber-bookshelf and watch the jump in sales with certain promotional opportunities is absolutely inspiring! Not to mention highly instructional.
So here they are, gang—the real numbers!
September (the book was released September 24, 2011)
Hardcopies 28 (140.00)
Amazon 22 (44.31)
B&N 7 (13.58)
CreateSpace 1 ($5.14) Hardcopy direct through CreateSpace
Smashwords—from Sept.24th to Nov.15th there have been 52 free downloads (promo giveaways through coupon code). In addition there have been $6.80 in sales.
Hardcopies 39 (195.00)
B&N 3 (5.82)
CreateSpace 1 (2.84) Hardcopy sold through Amazon
Hardcopies 23 (115.00)
Amazon 6 (34.44 Includes October and Nov. sales)
CreateSpace 6 (2.04) Hardcopies sold through expanded distribution for libraries. Thank you super fan, Lorelei Buzzetti who recommended HIFH to her local library in Orlando!
Seven week totals:
Hardcopies 90 (450.00)
Amazon 40 (78.75)
B&N 10 (19.40)
CreateSpace 8 (12.32)
Smashwords 4 (6.80)
Grand total 152 books sold for a respectable income of $567.27. Not bad for a newbie.
I’m still learning the ropes, figuring out what works and what doesn’t, and working a ridiculous amount of hours, but I’m encouraged by a solid start and look forward to seeing those numbers grow as the next book comes out and I implement another wave of promotional opportunities through the holidays. Here’s to hoping Kindle sales are through the roof this Christmas!
Your turn Scribes’ fans, tell me about your recent successes. Have you finished a manuscript, sent out a query, gotten a request, been a finalist in a contest? Are you considering Indie-publishing? Spill people! Let’s celebrate!