March 28th, 2011
Because I Suck At Math–For Fifty Alex

I’ve been recalculating my ebook sales and I’m pretty sure I messed up last month. Somehow I had myself at 102 books sold, but for the life of me I can’t figure out how I came up with that number. LOL! Sigh. I’ve gone over all three sites (Nook, Kindle, Smashwords) again and have come to the conclusion that I must have been on drugs and didn’t know it. *ggg As of February, I sold 72 copies. Sad, I know. The good news is I’m in line to double that this month. I only need a few more copies to do so. Hopefully now that the Arrival is FINALLY searchable on Amazon that will help. The big surprise seems to be the jump in sales on the Nook. I’ve tripled my sales there. (Yeah, shocked me too.) The great news is I’ve passed my old epublisher sales with only 4 books up, so I’ve met my goal within two months. I can’t wait to see what happens when I get the rest of the books edited and released. 🙂

A friend ***cough Charli cough*** was kind enough to edit Rose’s Rapture for me. She gave me great suggestions that I plan to implement today. With any luck, I’ll be able to upload the book by Wed/Thurs. I really am itching to work on new stuff. I know there are a lot of writers that can split their attention between projects. I’m really not one of them. I have a difficult time stopping and starting different things. The projects seem to drag on with none of them getting finished. I’m sure it harkens back to poor time management. 🙁

I downloaded OmniFocus. Hopefully that will help me get organized. I figure between that and Scrivener I should be pretty set.

6 comments to “Because I Suck At Math–For Fifty Alex”

  1. I would LOVE to take a class about Scrivener from someone who uses the heck out of the program. Did you know it can convert your books to two of the formats you need to upload your books to the online sites? Uh, yeah, now to figure out how to DO that. 😉

    Yey for your sales growing. ALWAYS a great thing. That’s interesting about B&N jumping up. Different authors say that either Amazon or B&N will take off first. But it never seems to be both at the same time. I wonder what the difference is?

    I’m also not good a juggling more than one project at a time. I’m too much of an organic writer…writing from beginning to end…and I need to stay focused on the characters until their story is told.

  2. Patrice, I did not know that. VERY COOL! I need to get these edits done so I can get started. 🙂

    Thanks! Yep, I’m happy to see a change for the positive. My sales definitely took off on Amazon first. It wasn’t until I released the Arrival that they jumped on B & N. Of course, the Arrival also caused a jump on Smashwords and on Amazon, too.

    I hear you. I tend to get bogged down when I jump from thing to thing.

  3. Trying to figure out the sales tallies is kind of challenging. But I was happy to run the math on both stories I’ve uploaded so far to find out the profit point for each, and it’s low. The beauty of this approach is that you don’t have to sell a bazillion copies to make money. Right now sales seem split 50/50 between B&N and Amazon, but will see what happens when Men of Action goes live.

    Yay for Rose’s Rapture! I know it will be even more fabulous when you’re done. : D

    It is hard to switch, but I actually find it kind of restful to have varied tasks so my brain doesn’t get burned doing the same thing. This especially seems helpful after finishing a project. I can keep busy with editing, whatever, and then move on to the next writing thing.

  4. Charli, It is tricky. Thus far, my Kindle sales are double what my B & N sales are, even though my Nook sales have tripled. I don’t seem to be selling on the iBook store thus far, but I am moving books on Sony. It’s definitely weird and interesting to watch.

    Thanks to you. 🙂

    I can switch once I finish a project. (ie write, then edit and vice versa) The trouble comes when I try to do both on two different projects. My brain starts crossing the work. And that’s not good. I’m very much like Patrice when it comes to needing to write from beginning to end. It’s all about the focus.

  5. That’s good news on the sales, especially the tripled total on Nook.

  6. Bernard, Yeah, it’s quite surprising.