Thursday, October 27, 2011

October Sales Update #2

TOTAL BOOKS SOLD: 122,611

 



Totals are as of 10/26/11 @ 8PM and do not include 25,000 FREE downloads
(Amazon and B&N 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: 1,955
October: 1,332*

Total:   11,197

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: 2,088
October:  1,188*

Total:   27,456

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

April: 30
May: 182
June: 265
July: 310
August: 934
September: 1,872
October: 1,742*

Total:   5,335

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

May: 187
June: 261
July: 325
August: 1,159
September: 3,363
October: 1,889*

Total:   7,184

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

May: 25
June: 694
July: 1,708
August: 12,917
September: 39,413
October: 16,682*

Total:  71,439

*sales as of 10/26/11 @ 8 PM (B&N and Amazon combined)

Nothing new over here, except to say that seven months later, I can still say that becoming an indie author has been an amazing experience. Recently I was interviewed at Indie Reader. Fun!

As far as promotion and marketing, I love free sites like Digital Books Today. Anthony Wessel is friendly and helpful. "The staff at Digital Book Today is currently a group of 4 who all have either worked in the book industry and/or have been avid bookreaders all of our lives." How cool is that?

And don't forget The Romance Reviews, Eye on Romance, Pixel of Ink and The Frugal Ereader. I will try to list more advertising sites on my next update.  

If you decide to self-publish and don't know where to start when it comes to marketing and promotion, or even formatting, don't worry. There are so many helpful authors willing to share what they have learned. My advice to you is to join Indie Romance Ink run by Cate Rowan and Carly Carson. There are over 400 members. Many IRI members are traditionally published and have already self-published a book or two. Some members are undecided. All are welcome to join and learn.

Twice a month, I plan to share my number of books sold in hopes that these numbers might help other writers make their own decisions about self-publishing.

 
I hope these numbers help to answer questions. What sort of spikes and/or drops will the holidays bring? How will the release of the $79 kindle affect sales? What genre will sell best in December? Will a new release take away from current sales or bring me new readers? Will sales go up and down based on the number of new kindle users peaking and then dropping? Does one genre consistently sell better than another or will my time travel romances out sell romantic comedy over the holidays?

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.

Let me know if you have ANY questions at all.

8 comments:

Caroline said...

Woo Hoo, Theresa!!! I’m blown away by these incredible numbers. You are flying!!

I want to be YOU. Can I, please,if I ask nicely?

You asked if I had any questions. LOL

Theresa Ragan said...

Hi Caroline! Thanks so much for always being so supportive and encouraging.

Cate Rowan said...

So wonderful to see all this, Ms. T! And thanks for mentioning Indie Romance Ink. It's become a truly helpful community thanks to members who are so generous with their time and information.

Vivi Anna said...

Impressive numbers Theresa!!

Fantastic.

I hope one day to have #s like that.

Victoria said...

Congrats! Those numbers are impressive!

Theresa Ragan said...

Hi Cate! Whenever I see you comment over here, I smile. Cate was one of the first writers to talk to me about self-publishing. Her enthusiasm was never-ending. Thanks for everything, Cate!

Hello, Vivi Anna! Thanks! I do believe having books in more than one genre and having more than one or two books has helped me reach more readers.

Thanks, Victoria. Although I am not trying to impress anyone with my numbers, I am hoping that we can all learn from them. And I do like transparency. If my numbers drop drastically, I'll still be posting sales every month. I always used to love checking Brenda Hiatt's Show Me the Money charts on her website. Seeing those numbers, although anonymous, helped me make important decisions when it came to what I was going to write next.

Thanks for the comments!

Chamberlain Creations said...

Awesome Theresa! Can't wait to hear what you find out over the holidays.

Theresa Ragan said...

Thanks, Sally! Me, too!