March 14th, 2012
Last E-Book Sales Report (Probably)

I decided to do one final ebook sales report. It’ll probably be the last time (unless I hit a milestone). I started epubbing my backlist in Feb. 2011. As I’ve mentioned multiple times, it was SSSSLLLLOOOWWW going in the beginning. The sales trickled in. I’m not big on promo. I haven’t hit up any review sites. My bad.ย Well it’s been a year and I just tallied up my final results. (No, I’m not counting March, since it’s not over yet. And there’s a very good possibility I miscalculated (not by much), since I’m math challenged.) Right now, I officially have 16 ebooks for sale–not counting my N.Y. work. Keep in mind, I didn’t start with sixteen books when I began putting my work up. I started with two, which sold a whopping 68 copies in Feb. 2011. The number grew over time.

Anyway, from Feb. 2011 to Feb. 2012, I sold roughly 32,400 ebooks. Not great, but certainly not bad. I’ve sold more ebooks in the past two months than I have for the entire year of 2011. I know this number is nowhere near what some authors are pulling in sales wise, but I think it’s a good start. I have more releases lined up. A ton more stories to write. My goal for this year is to sell 100,000 ebooks. Will I make it? No idea, but I should be close if everything goes as planned. I will announce it here, if I do succeed. ๐Ÿ™‚

So for authors out there struggling, keep writing more books. Try to release as frequently as possible, while still maintaining quality. And don’t get bummed out if the numbers start out low. I already did that, it doesn’t help. ๐Ÿ˜‰ *ggg

2 comments to “Last E-Book Sales Report (Probably)”

  1. I’m really glad you’re posting the e-book sales updates. It is indeed encouraging reading about good news in publishing of any kind. I hope your update of a 100,000 comes even more quickly.

    That promotion side of writing and publishing is an unsavory element I hate. One of my self-publishing friends who is putting out a series of books sold 10,000 since he started in December. His editing and organization skills are lacking but he is a tireless promoter – and his editing is improving along the way. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Bernard, Thanks! It’s always odd to talk about sales, when it’s been such a taboo subject for so long.

    That’s great news about your friend. I admit I’m not a fan of big promo. This probably stems from the fact that I’ve rarely purchased a book based on promo efforts and I find most promo authors do annoying. I think I need to get back into ‘querying’ reviewers. Getting more reviews would help more than anything.