Monday, August 8, 2011

Genre? Pricing? Luck?

Nobody really knows why one book sells better than others. Publishers and analysts have been studying the market and gathering data for years, but they don't know what the next big thing will be until the next big thing strikes like lightning, taking most by surprise. Time Travels, Vampires, Cozy Mysteries...what's the next big thing in books?

I don't know the answer, but for the first time in many years, I don't really care. I can write a story that appeals to me, knowing MY audience is just like me. They want something fresh and new, without formulas. They want to escape. They want to be entertained.

Want to be inspired? Read about Kathryn Stockett's refusal to give up on her book, THE HELP. Read the story HERE.

Below are my sales as of 8/7/2011. I rounded down, so numbers are not exact.

My romantic thriller, ABDUCTED, is my best-seller. Return of the Rose and A Knight in Central Park, both medieval time travels are second and third as far as number of books sold per day right now. My romantic comedy and romantic suspense are tied for fourth place and I have high hopes for both.

What does all of this tell me?  KEEP WRITING! :)

Return of the Rose, Medieval Time Travel; 94,000 words $2.99

March 2, 2011 thru August 7, 2011 - 5,700 books sold


A Knight in Central Park, Medieval Time Travel; 86,000 words $.99

March 18, 2011 thru August 7, 2011 - 14,550 books sold


Taming Mad Max, Romantic Comedy; 82,500 words $2.99

April 25, 2011 thru August 7, 2011 -  860 books sold


Finding Kate Huntley, Romantic Suspense; 82,000 words  $2.99

May 5, 2011 thru August 7, 2011 - 860 books sold


ABDUCTED by T.R. Ragan - Romantic Thriller; 93,000 words  $2.99

May 29, 2011 thru August 7, 2011 - 2,950 books sold


TOTAL books sold (Amazon and B&N) as of 8/7/11 - 24, 920 books in 23 weeks

2 comments:

Colleen said...

Hi Theresa! I read 'central park' after snapping it up off the freebie list on amazon and just finished 'mad max'. I really loved it!

I hope you're thinking of writing Nicole's story since she was introduced in the novel as a future possibility. I look forward to reading your other (and future) work! Thanks for the great read :)

Theresa Ragan said...

Hi Colleen! Thanks for giving AKICP a read and for loving it! yay! I am definitely writing Nicole's story. I am sooo happy that you enjoyed Taming Mad Max. Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment. I appreciate it. And I'll let you know when Nicole's story is finished.