Friday, September 9, 2011

OVER 64,000 BOOKS SOLD IN SIX MONTHS


Total as of 9/8/11 at 10 PM and does NOT include 25,000 FREE downloads
Amazon and Barnes & Noble combined sales


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

March:                             298
April:                               894
May:                            1,600
June:                            1,475
July:                             1,291
August:                       2,352
September:                      558*

Total:                          8,468


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

March:                            247
April:                            6,071 
May:                            4,306
June:                            2,414
July:                             1,330
August:                        9,812
September:                      696*

Total:                          24,876


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

April:                                  30 
May:                                182
June:                                265
July:                                 310
August:                            934
September:                        371*

Total:                            2,092


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

May:                                187
June:                                261
July:                                 325
August:                          1,159
September:                        641*
                    
Total:                          2,573


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

May:                                    25
June:                                  694
July:                                1,708
August:                          12,917
September:                      10,716*

Total:                          26,060

 *sales as of 9/8/11   10 PM

Clearly, becoming an indie author was the best decision I ever made. But new writers should know that none of this came easily for me. For the past 19 years I wrote nearly every day. In that time, I completed ten 400 page manuscripts and countless partials. I have received my fair share of rejections. I worked hard to learn my craft and I will never stop learning. I joined RWA in 1997. I signed with two agents. I went to dozens of conferences and attended many workshops. I worked with other writers, driving hours to exchange pages every week. I entered contests and judged contests.

I have never felt any competition with other writers. Whenever a writing friend would sell his/her novel, I was happy for them and glad to know that new authors were still being bought. Writers are the most helpful, encouraging people I've ever met. I love being around like-minded people whose minds are filled with plot scenes and characters. So many fiction writers have inspired me. I am certain I never would have become a writer if it weren't for Jude Deveraux's A Knight in Shining Armor. That is the ONLY book I have read more than once. If I had sold fifteen years ago, I would still be writing time travels. Instead, I was inspired to try my hand at romantic comedy (Taming Mad Max) after reading Susan E. Phillip's Nobody's Baby but Mine. In 2008, frustrated with not selling, I read about Lisa Gardner's journey to success and how it took her a couple of years to transition to writing single title romantic suspense. That's when I decided to write ABDUCTED and I named my main character after Lisa Gardner (Lizzy Gardner).

I don't know what the future holds for the book industry, but I do know that every writer has their own personal and unique journey. My hope is that I can inspire others out there who are working hard at their craft to NEVER GIVE UP.

19 comments:

Juliette Sobanet said...

Very inspiring Theresa! Thanks for sharing your numbers and your journey. Congratulations!!

ardeeeichelmann said...

Theresa, you are an inspiration. It is fun to know that I contributed to some of your numbers. LOL!!!! I wish you continued success. Cheers to you!

Ardee-ann

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Adrienne Giordano said...

Thanks for sharing, Theresa! As a debut author it's great to see how the numbers climb with each release.

Congratulations on your success!

P. J. Alderman said...

Theresa,

It's great that you're doing so well, and that you share your numbers with everyone. The publishing industry badly needs more transparency, and authors such as you are providing a wonderful service. Congratulations! And now I really MUST dig into ABDUCTED, which has been sitting on my Kindle for the better part of a week, calling to me! ;-)

--P. J.

Theresa Ragan said...

Thanks, Juliette!

Ardee-ann, you definitely contributed in many ways, especially making my journey so much more fun.

Adrienne, good luck with A Just Deception!

P.J., thanks for the kind words and CONGRATULATIONS on hitting the NY Times Best Sellers List with A Killing Tide. Here's the link for anyone who is interested.

http://www.nytimes.com/best-sellers-books/2011-09-18/e-book-fiction/list.html

Debbie said...

Congratulations Theresa! That is wonderful news. May you be blessed with much continued success!

*hugs*
Debbie K

Theresa Ragan said...

Thanks, Debbie!

Lisa Mondello said...

You're an inspiration. Although I'm published with Harlequin, I have just started my self-e-pub journey and published a series that were "almost" sales. Ten days in I've learned so much. I wish you continued success and hope to learn from you.

Lisa Mondello

Kristine Cayne said...

Congratulations, Theresa! Any ideas what contributed to Abducted selling so well even at the $2.99 price point?

~Kristine

Theresa Ragan said...

Hi Lisa, thank you. I wish you much success with your e-publishing journey. Very exciting times.

Kristine, that's a great question. Six months ago, I spent most of my time trying to get reviewed or interviewed on different blogs, etc. Abducted didn't come out until the very end of May and it just took off. I would have to say it has been LUCK and I think that genre, romantic thrillers, just happens to be hot right now. So, I'll go with LUCK on both counts. A book that was at the right place at the right time and set at an affordable price. Other than A Knight in Central Park, I knew from the start that I was going to price my books at $2.99 and leave them there, only because that's the price I decided I was willing to pay to give a new author a try. It's always tempting to price a book at $.99 to entice more readers but I figure I'm here for the long haul so I'm willing to stick to one price and give readers time to find me.

Kay Cassidy said...

I'm so glad you talk about how you've honed your craft, Theresa. I think it's easy for aspiring writers to see these amazing numbers and get so excited to jump in the pool with you that they forget there is a whole lot of talent behind the success of those books. They're not something you threw together in hopes of making a fast buck, but stories you invested yourself in, taking time to shape them and refine them as a professional offering. You are a brilliantly talented and versatile author, and that's what comes through in your books. You've paid your dues many times over to get here, and I could not be more thrilled for your well-deserved success! :-)

Theresa Ragan said...

Thank you, Kay.

Caroline said...

As always—I’m in awe! Keep up the great work and thanks for sharing your success with us. It’s FUN!!!

Hugs!

Michelle Franklin is a said...

I love it :D I'm so happy for you! Keep going!!!

Theresa Ragan said...

Hi Michelle! Thanks for the nice comment and have a great day.

Theresa Ragan said...

Caroline, I think I missed you somehow. Thank you, too, for always stopping by. Come back here and let us know when your books have been released. I can't wait.

Kelly McClymer said...

Theresa, I love when writers share numbers -- but the most important numbers you shared were 19 years and 10 full manuscripts. Those numbers are the key to why your sales numbers are so spectacular. I salute you for having faith in your characters, your stories, and yourself.

It took me 20 years to publish a novel, and in that time I only wrote two complete novels (but in my defense, I didn't start writing novels until I realized that my many short science fiction and fantasy stories about motherhood were never going to sell :-)

Theresa Ragan said...

Hi Kelly, thanks for the nice comment. I used to hear that 10 years was the magic number to getting published, but maybe it's 20 years! I love The Infamous Bride cover.