August finally showed a change in my number of sales. Prior to Aug., like I said in my last post, I was only selling between 275 to 400 copies a month on Nook and Kindle combined. I hadn’t looked at All Romance Ebooks because I’d completely forgotten that I could access the sales records there. Doh!
In August, I sold the exact same amount at Kindle and at Nook (i.e. 275 copies in the US. Not exactly setting the world on fire, but certainly better than before.) Why is that interesting? Well, because it’s the first time it’s EVER happened. I know exactly how much money I have coming from Nook. What I’m super curious about is if Kindle will match the amount. I’ve had a couple of occasions where I thought the math was a little off. Not a lot, but enough to where I thought it was lower than it should be. I’m sure it has to do with the various foreign calculations, but this month I’ll know for sure since I have a solid base to work with.
As for total sales, I’ve come the closest I’ve ever come to selling a thousand books a month. I sold 742 ebooks this month. I hope to see that number rise once I get the last of my books up (still waiting on the covers) and the rest of the books released on All Romance Ebooks. I’m in the process of getting a few of them converted now. What have I learned from all this? I’ve learned that I probably (anything’s possible) won’t make big money off any ONE book. Like I said, it’s always possible, but far less likely given the genres I’ve been releasing. That said, it looks like if I can manage to do what I talked about in several earlier posts (i.e. release a few novellas/short novels a year), then I could start making a decent living. I’m so not there yet. I think that will still take another six to eight months, but overall that’s not too bad.
Obviously none of the above takes my YA’s into consideration. Those will still head to N.Y. I’m strictly thinking about the series I have started like the Atlanteans, Phantom Warriors, Lords of the Night, and the Dead World. There are other spin-off stories such as Paris After Dark that I may revisit, since I REALLY enjoyed writing that book. But that will be down the road. First I have to re-edit and re-release the Phantom Warriors and a follow-up to my anthology story from Wicked Women on Top. After that, I plan to tackle the next Lords of the Night story and the third Phantom Warrior story, which I started over five years ago. That, and finishing up the YA’s, should keep me busy for the foreseeable future. 🙂
I do have a couple questions for my readers: What stories have you wanted me to write? Is there any particular series you’ve been waiting to see more of?
Thanks for the input!