Here we go, as promised– my sales numbers! Finally. I don’t really hate math. I’m just not a huge fan of doing anything that constantly raises a pointer to the limits of my intellectual capacity…sigh. Anyway, what I’m saying is — ya see any blatant errors, just kindly whip me out a private email and let a girl know if she’s got something obviously screwed up that most any elementary kid might have caught. Okay? Thanks!
I indie published BLACKOUT IN THE GARDEN OF LOVE on October 8th in 2012. I honestly didn’t do much marketing. But I did hook up with a few Interracial Romance forums, and I think that helped me out a lot. As a reader, I’ve discovered the IR genre is a small enough world that the news of new releases travels in a pretty natural flow, through word of mouth. It’s a great advantage when you’re writing to a niche audience if you know where to go to just get your face or words out there, fellowship– and make friends. I wish I had more time to do more of that kind of stuff, as I thoroughly enjoy chatting with other lovers of IRs! I especially love running into other readers and writers who are diggin’ and searchin’ for sweet IR reads.
Anyhoo—here’s what I sold:
October — 68
November – 66
December — 28
January — 30
February — 15
207 sold @ .45 cents royalty per ebook = $93.15.
Barnes & Noble/Nook Sales:
5 sold @ .52 cents royalty per ebook = $2.60.
All Romance Ebooks: (60% royalty)
(just started selling Blackout on that site on 1/8/13)
24 sold @.77 cents royalty per unit = $18.58
Total sales/profit for Blackout = $113.81
236 ebooks sold.
Now, have I gotten any of this money yet? Nope. I suspect a check from Amazon should be showing up someday soon here (I believe there’s some mention of 90 days turnaround). I’ll follow up on the payment part of this indie pubbing experience in another post one day soon. If anyone has any info about Amazon’s payment turnaround, I’d love to hear from you!
The money I’ve made covers the cost of cover art, proofreading and formatting for Blackout– and the lil bit leftover might put a few bucks in my pocket. The experience is worth gold and so is all that I’ve learned. I’ve had the joy of finishing a story and sending it out into the world, and mostly getting very nice reviews (except for the single star one I got, which I want to talk about ‘processing’ that bad rating I received in a post here, too. Probably it will be sporting a title like– “I Indie- Published and the Worst Possible Thing Happened and– How I Survived It” or “Oh Lawd– Whyyyyy???” Something like that.
So other newbies– like me, it’s possible your first publication may not stuff your bank accounts with the 50k or 100k you’ve heard others proclaim as their return on the hours spent writing a story. Yes, I know Blackout was a short story, I’m happy to have sold as many as I did, but my heart and writing spirit isn’t put off. I’m ready for the next adventure and challenge of putting what I’ve learned about writing and publishing to work on my next project. Make it the best read possible, and okay, I might let myself fantasize – just a little bit– about making tens of thousands of dollars and moving up the ranks on Amazon– I’ve got that kind of imagination, ya see.
But–I’m not discouraged, and I hope that anyone that has a mind and soul to give their words to the world won’t be turned away from their dreams because their first book(s) didn’t sell in huge numbers. The thing is, I am finding quite a bit of comfort & satisfaction in the journey so far. I made a move, put some real action behind it, and made something happen! Very satisfying feeling, and now since I’ve honed my skills—hey, anything is possible for me. And—anything is possible for you, too! Let’s just keep it going, right?
Somewhere over the rainbow and all that good stuff!
(Next time around- What Is My Next Project, Again?)