Next Week I'm Talking Money

I've said it once and I'll say it twice, I write romance novels because I want to entertain people. For 19 years I have been writing almost every day, determined to get my books out there for readers to enjoy. I have never received a dime for my efforts.

My point is...this really isn't about money. BUT, this is about informing writers of their options and earning potential. Becoming an independent author and actually earning some $ will give me the opportunity to relax, knowing I just might be able to stay home full time and write more novels. When I started writing all those years ago, I remember thinking I wanted to teach my kids that determination, perseverance, and hard work pays off. Then I wasn't selling and I was beginning to think I was wrong about hard work and passion being the magic combination to making dreams come true.

But now...I'm thinking it was all worth it. Hard work and perseverance really has paid off and in ways I never imagined. When I released my medieval time travels on Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords, I was hoping to sell ten books. I've sold thousands and I'm getting email from wonderful kind-hearted readers who are taking the time to tell me they loved my stories.

So, now I'm going to share my paycheck with you. Okay, that doesn't sound right. I'm not passing out cash over here. I'm just going to be sharing more numbers with you in terms of dollar amounts. So stay tuned!

Amazon Sales Ranking

I can only tell you what I know. I know that I was selling between 450 and 550 ebooks a day on Amazon when I got as low as #65 on the top 100 bestsellers on I was hovering around #130 when selling 250 books a day.

A Knight in Central Park was released on Amazon on 3/18/11 and is ranked 172 as of today (4/21) and I sold 250 books yesterday (4/20).

Return of the Rose was released on 3/2/11 and is ranked at #1,667 as of today (4/21) and sold over 50 yesterday (4/20).

I tend to make the majority of my sales after 5 PM each day and on the weekends.

Let me know if you have any questions! I have to go get my hair cut, but later on today I plan to talk about how many books I've sold at B&N. :)