Indie self-published authors of eBooks. Creating a Buzz
I recently wrote an article on J Carson Black, the American thriller author, with the astounding news she had sold 10,000 eBooks in one month following an interview with her for my Creating a Buzz page on my blog. The article prompted me to do a follow-up article, How not to sell 10,000 eBooks in on month. These latest figures show just how her reputation and success keeps growing. It couldn’t happen to nicer person and she frequently joins in conversations on kindle boards to offer advice, or just to chat. Here are the figures reported publicly on kindle boards on her sales together with a list of other author’s random sales figures. The full list is viewable at kindle boards. The higher sales figures represent mostly authors with multiple books and who have been established for some time. The purpose of this post is to show what is possible and that publishing eBooks is a long game.
J Carson Black
“The reason I post my numbers (other than being a complete notice box) is because the Writer’s Cafe taught me what was possible. The first thread I saw when I got here was one where people showed their numbers and how they changed from month to month. And I saw a lot of this:(these are my numbers since January)
I loved that thread! It told me anything was possible. Before I got here, I had no idea that you could start in one place and end up in a completely other home altogether. The first 7 months was a wash – I went from 1 book a month to a high of 17 books a month in November. It was discouraging, so I didn’t put much into it. Then someone suggested I come here—I started on this board just about the time I hit the 135-mark. So I’m here to say that there are many factors that go into this, but it’s possible. Seeing what other writers have done made a difference to me. Knowing that it can happen is a good thing. So, thank you.”
“I’m almost afraid to say this, because it scares the * out of me. Bear in mind, in February I sold a total of 135 books.”
DARK HORSE: 412
DARK SIDE OF THE MOON: 4430
DARKNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN: 12829
PONY RIDES (short story): 206
THE DEVIL’S HOUR: 18716
THE SHOP: 36161
OTHER AUTHORS SALES RESULTS FOR MAY
Sales on Amazon over the other 5 books: 300 (US), 222 (UK), and 0 (DE).
I’m pretty happy with the May sales for my novelette but then it’s only been out a couple months and I’m hoping the numbers will continue to build.
Amazon – 558
B&N – 29
Smashwords – 2
ADoR (Romantic Suspense, released 4/1/11) = 81 + 2 UK (50 while at $3.99 and 31 over the weekend when I dropped the price to $.99 for a Memorial Day sale)
AUO (Hot Romance, released 10/1/10) = 271 + 2 UK ($2.99)
I’m slightly down this month Just over 5100 on Amazon but I did have sales elsewhere this month that I haven’t had previously. (Thrillers)
and Sony 65.
I released my first e-book on May 4 & my second on May 21 – both short stories.
If You Go Into The Woods (on sale since May 4)
Amazon UK 15
Amazon DE 1
Transfection (on sale since May 21) (Short story)
Amazon UK 2
Amazon DE 0
Total Total 153!!!
I was hoping to meet or exceed my April numbers (944), but only made 715, across all platforms. Not that I’m complaining mind you.
Here are my figures for May: (Paranormal romance)
Amazon: 448 (309 book one, 139 book two)
Total for both books for May: 479
Remix UK 2,572
Remix US 327
Replica UK 4,143
Replica US 152
(Haven’t bothered with Smashwords as Remix sales via SW are poor)
Both books total for May: 7,196
Had my best month ever.
Just over 2500 total sales at Amazon UK, with 100 or so at Amazon US.
The Mercenary’s Price (novella) – 989 – $0.99
Honor Bound (The Witchblade Chronicles #1) – 599 – more than half at 99c and the rest at $2.99
Kiss Of Ash (The Witchblade Chronicles #2) – 347 – all $2.99
The Adventures of Miss Upton and the Sky Pirate – 158 – all $2.99
A Secret Life (Lord Hawkesbury’s Players #1) – 24 – all $2.99 – released on the 12th.
17,220 sales for May. Down a little from April, but I’m not complaining. About 11,500 of those sales were for The Righteous, but I had four books clear 1,000 for the month.
I was around 7k for the month, and adding a title at $4.99 was a huge difference-maker. I’ll get the exact count early this afternoon once I’m finished writing for today. Priorities!
The sales for three of my books were pretty stable or slightly up, but my bestseller was down by just under 30%.
April total 3110
May total 2342
Amazon sales: 93
Smashwords sales: 18
OmniLit sales: 81*
Total for May: 192
2700+ total for all three books on Amazon.com and .co.uk.
4787 for the month, not counting stuff distributed through Smash.
The Patriot Paradox – 4131
Self Arrest – 559
Fire: Elements of The Undead, released on 8 May – 97
Peace Army – 3,868
Peace Warrior – 3,936
Total sales: 7,800
Amazon US –
Never Forgotten: 1660
Good Tidings: 1204
Loose Ends: 1983
G of NO: 632
Never Forgotten: 192
Good Tidings: 214
Loose Ends: 550
G of NO: 24
Amazon Total: 5997
Pubit: Total: 199
Total sales – 6196
2 books (well, one really! Same book, just re-written for US market!) – 17,375. 1 book = 17, 259! Book1 priced at 71p/99c
I put my book out in the first week of May and here are the numbers so far:
Amazon UK: 6
Not What She Seems – 7,483
The Overtaking – 57
Total – 7,540
Amazon US – 4 ($2.99)
Amazon UK – 8 (£1.99)
Smashwords – 2 ($2.99)
Total – 14