Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Reaching A Milestone: 50,000
I had been meaning to count up my sales, but since my sales totals were on the equivalent of post-it notes scattered in various files on my computer, and I couldn't find them all, I finally sat down tonight and downloaded all of my KDP reports. I then added them all up--which isn't as easy as it seems. Especially the first few times I had free books because at the time, KDP didn't separate the paid from the free in the totals. I finally figured out that if I took the total earned on the free book that month and divided it by 0.35, I'd get the total sold. (in those months my book was 99 cents when not free so my royalty was $0.35/book)
Even though my eyes are crossing from staring at numbers, I'm glad I did it. I thought I'd come up around 48,000, but instead, I passed the 50,000 mark sometime last week. Possibly even in December, but I'd have to include some Barnes&Noble numbers and I'm too lazy to look those up.
I know that 50,000 isn't a huge number compared to some, but it was one of my goals to hit in 2012. I came very close. Oh! And if I count my paperbacks, which I forgot to do, I think I did pass it in 2012! *beams*
I haven't broken the sales down yet into how many of each book, but No Good Deed is my bestseller. That only makes sense since it was the first book I published, however, March Into Hell has done well and Deeds of Mercy sells steadily. Genesis is too new to really say, but it seems to be doing pretty well. This month, my surprise is that Mark Taylor Omnibus is selling and I don't even know how people are finding it since it's not in the also bought carousel of any of my other books.
It is kind of mind-boggling when I think back to when I started out 2.5 years ago. I was hoping to sell enough to buy my own Kindle.
Edit 1/15/13--I tried to respond to the comments and Blogger is not letting me! Grrr... Here is what I tried to say:
Helen-Same to you! :-)
dm--I just posted updated links of my books on the Book Links page. Thanks for the reminder! I didn't realize how out of date it was.
Iain--That is so fantastic! Congrats! Didn't we start our Indie journey around the same time too?
Ann--Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed No Good Deed. :-)