Friday, June 1, 2012

May Update II

BOOKS SOLD as of May 31, 2012: 293,202


*Total(s) are as of May 31, 2012 and do NOT include over 250,000 FREE downloads
(Amazon and B&N combined Sales)
Borrows have NOT been included in total 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: 981
December: 1,074
January: 1,457
February: 1,519
March 2012: 1422
April 2012: 1800 (289 borrows)
May 2012: 944 (178  borrows)
Total: 20,589

A Knight in Central Park- Released March 18, 2011 $.99/$2.99
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: 876
December: 2,383
January: 2,685
February: 1,485
March 2012: 1,620
April 2012: 1,032
May 2012: 680
Total: 38,377


Taming Mad Max - Released April 25, 2011 $2.99
Contemporary Romance

April: 30
May: 182
June: 265
July: 310
August: 934
September: 1,872
October: 2,125
November: 2,150
December: 1,561 (272 borrows)
January: 4,393 (782 borrows)
February: 1,088 (99 borrows)
March 2012: 1,692 (114 borrows)
April 2012: 872
May 2012: 880
Total: 18,354



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: 1,095
December: 4,421 (1,088 borrows)
January: 2,523 (791 borrows)
February: 1,908 (123 borrows)
March 2012: 2,077 (46 borrows)
April 2012: 1,384
May 2012: 945
Total: 21,737


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: 6,645
December: 3,649
January: 2,118
February: 32,500 (5,088 borrows)
March 2012: 18,188 (3,674 borrows)
April 2012: 6,103 (893 borrows)
May 2012: 3,045 (690 borrows)
Total: 145,181



Dead Weight - Released December 22, 2011 $2.99
Romantic Suspense/Thriller

December: 451
January: 1,430
February: 11,385 (325 borrows)
March 2012: 15,836 (1,399 borrows)
April 2012: 6,934 (738 borrows)
May 2012: 3,171 (418 borrows)
Total: 39,207

 
Having My Baby - Released April 13, 2012 $3.99
Contemporary Romance

April 2012: 3,855 (378 borrows)
May 2012: 5,902 (986 borrows)
Total:   9,757



I leave for New York very soon. I will be speaking on a panel with other writers at the BEA and I can't wait! I will also be meeting many people from Amazon...author teams and consultants and my editor! I will report back when I return.

As you can see, my sales are dipping, but I never worry about that. Besides, I would never complain about having over 15,000 sales in a month! More than anything, I can't wait to get back to writing my latest book. I love writing and connecting with readers and that's all I really want to do.

If you are thinking of self-publishing, go to my LINKS tab above and see what I did to get started. There are also links to the IRI group, 1000+ members who are not only welcoming but also willing to share tips with you!

Self-publishing and being an independent authors is lots of fun and a lot of work, but if you are patient and take one thing at a time, you'll enjoy every step of the ride. Just like writing a book, it can't all be done in one day.

If you are a new writer, remember that learning the craft and writing every day is the most important thing you can do. Your book must be the best it can be. Hire a proofreader at the very least. If you have a great book ready to go, release it to the world and good luck! Stay positive and don't worry about slow sales at first. Say YES to interviews and blogging. Try to get your books reviewed. Send one request to a reviewer every day and eventually someone will agree to review your book. Remember...what works for one author, might not work for another. It's all up to you. Believe in yourself and your books. You can do it!

If you are a READER, thanks for stopping by. Let me know what you would like to see posted!

4 comments:

Nick Wells said...

Hi, I saw you at the KDP stand and enjoyed your lively and engaging presentation. Thank you for your advice. Do you have views about DRM? It's one of the options on KDP and I notice that Tor are going DRM free this summer, the first part of any of the big publishers to do so.

Theresa Ragan said...
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Theresa Ragan said...

Hi Nick. I say NO to DRM. There are many opinions on this. I do have DRM on the first books I released because I didn't know any better.

I don't worry about my books being pirated and consider it to be another way to spread the word about my books.

Here is a link to a blogpost about DRM: http://www.smartbitchestrashybooks.com/index.php/weblog/comments/drm-free-for-you-and-me/

Here is an interview with Neil Gaiman about piracy. Like Joe Konrath, he thinks of it as advertising. Here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Qkyt1wXNlI

I hope this helps!

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