Tuesday, November 8, 2011

OVER 128,000 BOOKS SOLD


TOTAL BOOKS SOLD: 128,444

Totals are as of November 7, 2011 @ 10PM 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:      1,527
November:       282*
Total:          11,674*

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:      1,348
November:     244*
Total:          27,860*

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:       2,125
November:       678*
Total:            6,396*

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

May:                187
June:                 261
July:                 325
August:         1,159
September:    3,363
October:       2,089
November:       296*
Total:            7,680*

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

May:                     25
June:                   694
July:                  1,708
August:            12,917
September:      39,413
October:          18,176
November:         1,901*
Total:              74,834*

*sales as of November 7, 2011 @ 10 PM (B&N and Amazon combined)

I found a new site: The Kindle 3 Books. Every time they mention Abducted, my sales spike. Check it out.

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Brenda Hiatt is collecting data on independent publishing. Help her out by sharing your numbers so that we can all benefit. It's all done anonymously. Click HERE for more information.


If you are thinking about self-publishing, but 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.

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.

14 comments:

Lisa Mondello said...

Amazing, Theresa. You continue to inspire. Thanks for the reminder about Brenda Hiatt's survey. And I totally second your endorsement of Indie Romance Ink. I've learned so much! To your continued success!

Lisa Mondello
http://www.lisamondello.blogspot.com

Theresa Ragan said...

Hi Lisa, thanks for your comment and I want everyone to know that Lisa is sharing her numbers, along with links to other authors who are sharing numbers, on her blog.

http://www.lisamondello.blogspot.com

Transparency allows authors to make decisions based on realtime data. Until recently, only publishers could use these numbers to determine what genre is hot and what is not.

Anyhow, all exciting stuff!

Thanks again, Lisa!

Diana Layne said...

This is fantastic, Theresa, what an inspiration! And well-deserved! Question, are any of these sales from a free promotion?

Theresa Ragan said...

Hi Diana, thank you. And the answer is NO. The 128,444 books sold were all paid sales.

A Knight in Central Park is the ONLY book out of the five that went FREE for 4 or 5 days and the 25,000 FREE downloads are NOT included in these totals.

AKICP went free in August and during those few days, my other books did spike. But the climb continued into September and October.

Half the battle is getting the book noticed. After that, I believe it's up to the book itself and the readers to pass it along and keep the sales momentum going.

Diana Layne said...

Fascinating!

Elisa Michelle said...

You should get yourself on this list: http://www.readersrule.org/

Basically you have to sell over 100,000 copies of your books, and I'd say you've definitely done that. How did you promote yourself? Best of luck over the holidays! Are you expecting a sales increase?

Theresa Ragan said...

Hi Elisa! Thanks for the link to Readersrule.

To promote myself I spent the first three months 24/7 blogging, being interviewed, begging review sites to review one or more of my books. Then I joined IBC (URL is on my link page) where I participated in a blog tour, giving away free books and fun prizes to readers. That was fun and I had 200 readers added to my email list! I also joined Twitter and posted more often on Facebook. I joined Kindle Boards and Nook Boards. I visited every site I could! It was overwhelming, but I'm glad I did it. I met some great people and I got a lot of exposure.

After I started selling books and making some money, I began to invest in promo and ads at Eye on Romance, The Romance Reviews, Kindle Nation, Pixel of Ink, Frugal Readers, Digital Books Today, Kindle 3 and many more. I need to make a great list for everyone. I also joined IRI where every day a new website is mentioned. Reviewers and authors are amazingly helpful.

In answer to your other question...YES, I fully expect to double my sales during the holidays. Ha! Just kidding. I am a big believer of having NO expectations with my career and just in life in general. Seriously. I mean, it would be wonderful if sales spiked during the holidays, but I don't want to get greedy and/or plan on big sales when that is something I feel I have no real control over.

Thanks!

Norah Wilson said...

Awesome, inspirational numbers, Theresa! I love coming over here and seeing that your sales are growing stronger than ever! :)

Theresa Ragan said...

Thanks, Norah! Congratulations on your newest release, Nightfall. What are you working on next? Vampires or another hilarious Dix Dodd book?

Mister Snitch! said...

Quite a jump for Abducted between July and August. I expect there's no way this could have escaped your attention, and you must know what happened. So - any thoughts you care to share as to why your sales took such a leap?

Theresa Ragan said...

Mister Snitch, I have absolutely no idea exactly why there was such a big jump from July to August. In early June I did get about 20 people to buy my book all at once, but that didn't cause any huge spike.

Abducted was not mentioned in Pixel of Ink until August 9th.

In July I was already gaining momentum with four other books and I think that had a lot to do with Abducted doing so well.

I am guessing, but I also think word of mouth is what propelled my book to jump. I was told thrillers were hot and I was contacted by more than one agent regarding Abducted. I have to think that it's one of those lucky deals with the right book being released at the right time.

I am working on the sequel and plan to release it in mid-December. It will be interesting to see how the sequel does.

Thanks for the comment!

Mister Snitch! said...

Hello again, Theresa. Thanks for responding. Well, reading some of your earlier comments re the (obviously intense) self-promo work you've done, I can imagine that you wouldn't know exactly what kicked in, or how, during that period. But obviously, something clicked, and likely it can be attributed in some way to those efforts. Well-done, and how kind of you to share your experience with others!

Mister Snitch! said...

Pardon me, I just had a thought. (Happens now and again, try as I might to avoid them.) This may not interest you at all, but I wonder if you've ever given thought to promoting others' work as well as your own? (As a for-profit sideline, I mean.)

Just a thought. On the one hand, every author is his/her own best self-promoter. On the other, traditionally-published authors often have a small squadron of the publisher's full-time publicity staff making calls (presumably) on their behalf.

Seems like a potential niche to me. I've run across a few firms online who do such work, but I think anyone who secured your services for this would do very well to have you.

Probably you'd rather write, but one never knows unless one asks. Who knows, maybe you've discovered you really get into doing the publicity work, too.

Nice chatting with you.

Theresa Ragan said...

Hey there, Mr. Snitch! Yes, i did so much promotion and marketing in the beginning that it's difficult to know which advertisement/promo did the best for me. Maybe it was ALL of sites together or maybe it was one particular ad. I wish I knew! I think every new author should try all the FREE stuff...reviews, interviews, blogs and then try a blog tour and if they can afford it, an ad or two can't hurt! Exposure!

About your next comment regarding promoting other author's etc. Right now I have a slideshow of some of my all time favorite books. I'm not ready to do anymore than that right now. I do just want to write and I love sharing everything I can with anyone who is interested.

Thanks again for your thoughtful comments!