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Joe Baldizzone

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I know everybody LOVES this question...
Posted: Jul 21, 2017 8:48 PM
 
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And I know there's no definitive answer and that it's all relative, but I'd still like to get at least a little perspective regarding what's happening with indie writers who put out their first book.

For a first time, unknown author, in the first year of sales...

How many average book sales (not including free books) per month would be considered "good?"

Again, I understand the variables - depends on the genre, on whether the author is famous, etc., but that stuff can be included in the responses :).

I should add that I also understand one could say a good amount of sales is an amount that meets someone's personal goals - or something along those lines, but I'd appreciate people's best estimation, in numbers - or their own 1st time experience and opinion.

Would you say a book selling 5, consistently a month is doing well? 20? 50? 500?

Thanks in advance.
Joseph M Erhardt

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Posted: Jul 21, 2017 9:13 PM   in response to: Joe Baldizzone in response to: Joe Baldizzone
 
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5 per month probably puts you in the 90th percentile already.

30 per month probably puts you in the 99th percentile.

I got into this with the hopes of netting just an extra $100 / month. I'm struggling to not lose money on the effort. However, I haven't yet given up.
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Posted: Jul 21, 2017 9:39 PM   in response to: Joe Baldizzone in response to: Joe Baldizzone
 
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20 in the first year is great :-)
Brad the wronger

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Posted: Jul 21, 2017 10:18 PM   in response to: Joe Baldizzone in response to: Joe Baldizzone
 
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No matter how many you sell, it will never be enough.
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30 per month probably puts you in the 99th percentile.

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writerbn

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Posted: Jul 22, 2017 5:08 AM   in response to: Joe Baldizzone in response to: Joe Baldizzone
 
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Joe Baldizzone wrote:
Would you say a book selling 5, consistently a month is doing well? 20? 50? 500?
It all depends on your goals (and genre, as you noticed, plays a huge role).

My first book on KDP (a collection of literary short stories) sold just over 100 copies in the first month, then settled down to around 60 per month after that. However, that was in 2013, before Kay Yu. If I released the same book today, I'd expect maybe 20-30 sales per month, and even that might be too optimistic.
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Posted: Jul 22, 2017 5:49 AM   in response to: Joe Baldizzone in response to: Joe Baldizzone
 
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If you know all this, I'm not sure what you expect people to say. One sale is more than most ever get. So, is that what you should expect? No, a new author should expect to get no sales, because statistically, that's how it works.

If you've done your work, and studied not only how to write but how to publish, you have a better chance than many who come here with their poorly-written, odd books, the stuff they've scraped from the Internet, the poetry, their opinions on science, politics and/or religion or whatever. You'd know that short stories are extremely hard to sell as well (outside of properly done erotica).

The "easy" days are long gone -- and weren't all that easy to begin with. I've been around, I've seen how hard it was in those long-lost golden years of self publishing. There was less competition, but all those services so many take for granted today weren't even in sight. Few ways to get good covers, get editors, get promotional spots, and so on.

No one wants to hear it, but it's never been easy to sell books. The only thing that's easy today is publishing, because you can do that for free on several sites, even do print books without having to pay some print house huge fees. Learn your craft, write books with interesting stories people will pay for, do some promotions, then do it again. If you're lucky, you'll make some money. Maybe not five or six figures, but who knows?
paul trueman

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Posted: Jul 22, 2017 10:49 AM   in response to: Joe Baldizzone in response to: Joe Baldizzone
 
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I sell an average of 250 per month and have done for the lase few months. I do market it though and have had some local press coverage.
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Posted: Jul 22, 2017 11:42 AM   in response to: Joe Baldizzone in response to: Joe Baldizzone
 
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I did it for years without any success. Then, I published a series that netted me almost $15K in a year. Then, everything dried out again.
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Posted: Jul 22, 2017 11:48 AM   in response to: Joe Baldizzone in response to: Joe Baldizzone
 
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I'm not sure what normal is but as long as I sell more this month than the one before I'm happy. Published the first book this year in the beginning April. Sold 12 and had 400 KENP, but honestly that was mostly to family. Published the second and third books in June and July. So far this month I've sold 32 and have 22,000 KENP and very few sales are family. Hopefully next month will be even better.
Jackie Weger

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Posted: Jul 22, 2017 3:58 PM   in response to: Joe Baldizzone in response to: Joe Baldizzone
 
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I'm loathe to answer these kinds of questions, but my goal when I stepped into indie authorship was to sell 400 books every 90 days and since KU, 400 net sales every 90 days plus not less than 100K in KENP per month. Only missed that goal once in four years. But I average better. This really doesn't mean squat. You could do better or worse--depends upon your writing skills, savvy promotion and a book that resonates with readers. I coached one indie author through a smart promo and the book earned out above $7K in 45 days. I think it has now pulled in 1000 reviews with a rank of 4.8/5.0. Just a sensational book. Great writing/top tier editor. Women's fiction.
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