Thursday, August 25, 2011

Sales Update: Five Months Later...

March 2, 2011 - August 24, 2011 SALES

 Return of the Rose - Released March 2, 2011    $2.99
Medieval Time Travel Romance

March:     253
April:       879
May:     1,595
June:    1,460 
July:     1,277
August:  1,692*
TOTAL:  7,156

A Knight in Central Park - Released March 18, 2011   $.99
Medieval Time Travel Romance

March:    265
April:    6,017
May:     4,282
June:    2,383
July:     1,317
August:   8,018*
TOTAL:  22,282

Taming Mad Max - Released April 25, 2011  $2.99
Romantic Comedy

April:      30
May:     182
June:     264
July:      307
August:   537*
TOTAL:  1,320 

Finding Kate Huntley - Released May 5, 2011   $2.99
Romantic Suspense

May:      184
June:      256
July:       331
August:     645*
TOTAL:  1,416


Abducted - Released May 29, 2011   $2.99
Romantic Suspense/Thriller

May:          24
June:        696
July:       1,688
August:    5,637*
TOTAL: 8,045

Total Books sold 03/11 through 08/24/11 = 40,219*

*The August sales are as of August 24th since today is August 25th. These sales do not include 25,000 free downloads. I am selling over 1,000 books a day. 

What a whirlwind the last five months have been. I went from 19 years of trying to get through the traditional publishing doors, to selling thousands of books practically overnight. At least that's how it feels at the moment. Luck and timing have been huge factors. I discovered that I really do enjoy doing promo and marketing. Who knew? I love meeting new readers and writers. If I had more hours in the day, I would do more interviews and visit more blogs. So many great blogs, so little time. But we all know what goes up must come down and if I want to keep the momentum going and make the most of my fifteen minutes of success, I need to keep writing.

I give much credit for my success so far to the reviewers who were nice enough to read and review my books. Paid advertising on sites like Pixel of Ink, The Romance Reviews and Eye on Romance gave me a big boost in sales...but, I am not telling other authors to spend a ton of money on advertising. At least not in the beginning...unless they can afford it.

In the beginning (the first two months), I got my name out there by sending out daily requests for reviews. My first mention on Pixel of Ink was free. My books would not have been seen or read if I hadn't visited blogs and put myself out there on sites like Shelfari, Goodreads, TRR, and ARE. For the first two months, I worked 24/7 on promotion, most of it was free.

I hope the above sales numbers inspire and/or help other writers make important decisions when it comes to their writing career. As we all know, a mention on one site works for one author and not for another. In my opinion, it's all about trying different things and seeing what works for you. I wish every writer much success in his/her career.

If you have questions, tips for writers or readers, a book to promote, then go for it and leave a comment.

Other authors sharing their numbers: CAREY CORP, DEBRA HOLLAND, NORAH WILSOND.D. SCOTT.

12 comments:

Stacey Joy Netzel said...

Theresa, these sales are awesome! Congratulations and thank you for being so open about your numbers.

I just had my book Holding Out For A Hero go free on Amazon and I'm hoping it helps my sales there. B&N is doing well for me and I'm very happy with my venture into self-publishing.

I'm really looking forward to publishing my romantic suspense in the next couple months and still looking for title help at www.staceyjoynetzel.blogspot.com if anyone wants to take a peek.

Edie Ramer said...

Wow, Theresa! Congratulations! I need to do more promo, obviously. But it's not all promo. I read A Knight in Central Park, and it was wonderful. I plan to write a review, as soon as I get a few minutes.

Bev Pettersen said...

Thanks, Theresa, and congratulations. You've worked so hard and your numbers are fabulous and well-deserved. Really appreciate how you've shared your experiences. It's very much appreciated.

TheSanPintoTimes said...

AWESOME! Thank you for sharing this information and congrats!!!

Kristine Cayne said...

Congratulations! And thank you for being such an inspiration to new writers!

Lisa Mondello said...

You are an inspiration, Theresa. Thanks for sharing your success secrets.

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

CONGRATS on such SUPER SALES, Theresa! I'm thrilled for you. But I also want to say thanks for bringing up the promotion aspects.

Writers need to be aware that simply writing a good book is not enough! You need to get your name and titles out there for readers to see. Even traditionally pubbed authors are expected to do a huge amount of self-promotion (first hand experience here). But it is absolutely crucial for Indie Authors!

Thanks again for sharing and being such an inspiration!

AC

Caroline said...

Woooo Hooooo!!!! I am thrilled for you. I love your stories and can't get enough! Congratulations on all your success!

~C

Theresa Ragan said...

Stacey, I left suggestions for titles at your site. Your books sounds great! Lots of luck riding the FREE train.

Thanks so much, Edie. Not enough hours in a day. :)

Thanks, Bev. Bev was interviewed today at http://www.rubyslipperedsisterhood.com/ruby-release-spotlight-color-my-horse-by-bev-pettersen/


The SanPintoTimes - thanks for the nice comment!

Theresa Ragan said...

Thank you, Kristine.

And you, too, Lisa! I appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment.

Good point, Loucinda. Thank goodness I like promoting!

Hi Caroline. I'm super excited about the release of your books!

Diana Layne said...

thanks for being willing to post your numbers, Theresa!

Kelly McClymer said...

Theresa, that's fantastic! A Knight in Central Park grabbed me right from the title. I love Time Travel tales (romance or not), and I've always been puzzled that they weren't seen as very marketable by the big publishers. Maybe it is a niche, but clearly it is a comfortable niche!