I put my first Amazon ebook up in 2009. It really didn’t do anything – I didn’t promote it – and the formatting was kinda screwy.
This past November, a few weeks after my other writing gig dried up, I shifted gears and started publishing. Not sure I would have spent so much time publishing here, had I first read the forum. The standard line I read here is “don’t quit your day job.” This is my day job.
By January, I was selling an average of 13 books a day. It doubled in February. Daily sales increased 60 percent the next month, and in April, my average daily sales increased by 7 a day.
I noticed another dramatic jump in May, and by the middle of the month, my daily average was 100 books a day. I couldn't believe it when the sales held that average each week - for five weeks.
I was shocked – and while I wanted to jump for joy and kick back and pat myself on the back….I kept waiting for that other shoe to drop.
I’d read enough threads to know sales do dry up or slow down. I wanted to believe this ride would keep moving upward – but, I didn’t believe it.
Perhaps I jinxed myself. Or maybe this is simply the natural ebb and flow of book sales.
Maybe I should just count my blessings to have done this well, in such a short time.
This past week my sales dropped – with my daily average falling from 100 to 75. But 75 is still good, and if I could maintain that I would be a happy camper.
But, my sales today is hovering around 50. Sometimes Mondays are slow days for me – yet the last time my daily sales were this low was May 1.
Okay, I really do understand I should not be greedy, cause lots of Indies would kill for my current sale stats – but I will confess, I worry they will keep falling and disappear into the minus.
Why do I have to be so darn insecure and pessimistic? Have I jinxed myself, or is this a natural thing? I really don’t know, as I haven’t been here a year yet.
Okay, just wanted to vent. I will stop being a baby now, and get to bed. I have a new novel to prepare for the next round of beta readers.
I don't know if you're crazy or not, but I know you're not alone. I'm suffering from the build-up/let-down syndrome myself.
I published through Lulu for quite some time. Recently, I transitioned to Amazon, Createspace, and Smashwords.
I put two novels up on Amazon in April. Sales were almost immediately wonderful. I promoted like mad (where appropriate), but I did not expect the reaction I got in that first month. Sales exceeded my expectations by a long shot. I actually got fan letters about Day Soldiers and even got some very nice reviews (unsolicited).
May was even better. My book signing was an overwhelming success. People were still sending me messages and emails telling me how much they were looking forward to the next Day Soldiers. I got another review or two. My blog was really taking off. With Amazon, SW, and physical books sold locally, I did better in May than April. Sales continued to climb.
I started to think, "Maybe this is really happening. It's much easier than I thought it would be."
Then June came in and stole my hopes like a thief in the night. My sales for June are much lower than those first two months.
I still get responses from fans (strangers) complimenting my book. I've made several genuine fans. My last blog had over 4000 hits. How many sales did that bring? Three.
It makes me disappointed, but at least I have had enough feedback to know that people enjoy my books when they read them (especially Day Soldiers). So I've decided I just need to focus on taking care of the fans I've already gained and hope word of mouth continues.
To do that, I've taken the "write more books" approach. I'm chugging away at book 2 on the Day Soldiers trilogy. It should be available within two weeks. I hope to have the final book out by late August. Since my books involve horror icons (vampires and werewolves.. .the scary kind, not the romantic kind), I plan to do some major Halloween season promoting.
I'm really hoping that helps, but I gotta admit... June has been a disappointment for me. I just tell myself it's a transitional thing while I finish up the trilogy.
Oh Bobbi! That's awesome success for an Indie Author! And yep, I'm jealous and almost willing to kill for those kinds of sales. LOL Do you know a gazillion people, or is this spreading from word of mouth? Whatever it is you are doing, don't stop!
It seems like NOW would be the perfect time for a second book...since you have obviously done well with the first. Books do have a natural ebb and flow, you are right about that...but you have done great here...from what I understand! Be happy! :)~
(I'm trying not to pout...today I had only two sales for my first book! LOL)
Yes, I said I was going to bed...but too restless.
I've also published at Lulu for a long time - taught a class at the community college about publishing there - but that was before this insane ebook explosion.
Perhaps we are in an ebb and flow. You should be very proud at what you've done so far.
I confess, I am becoming a bit reclusive - not big on the book signings. Ironic really, because one of my books (a non-fiction) originated from a speech I've given locally - numerous times. I commend you for doing the promotional signings.
I keep reminding myself to remember a writer I met once - who told me he published (with a traditional publisher) a western. And all he made was about $250. He was VERY bitter - and no longer a writer.
I guess to put things in perspective - I've made that in a single day at Amazon.
I suppose we need to keep writing, and need to focus on the positive.
Oh god I know that feeling. Sales trickle and you long and plead and make sacrifices to obscure gods in the hopes of getting more. Then you [i]do[/i] get more, and all you do is feverishly check the sales reports and every time you drop even 100 places in the kindle store that little noid in the back of your mind perks up and starts saying "this is it, this is the moment when the luck ends and you drop into total obscurity once again..." Then you sell another book and you compose your "suck on this" letter to your boss telling him where he can shove his job, then you remember that nothing's guaranteed and your latest blog post only got 5,000 hits and you got a 2* reivew and clearly you'd better just eat that letter before someone finds it and thinks you mean it, and then you check your sales reports and see you made more with the books than you did slaving away for 50 hours a week at the day job, and so the vicious cycle starts again...
I guess it is in some way reassuring to know others share my anxiety. Perhaps we simply need a good shrink?
I just responded to the thread you started on your anniversary, and I was impressed with your stats, as mine have always seemed spread among numerous titles. But then I looked at mine again, and realized I had one title that sold almost 900 last month, and is doing better this month. Kinda surprised myself. It is the one what made the top 100 in erotica.
Funny how I didn't pay attention to that, but let myself imagine I would drop totally into obscurity again.
I suppose we just need to remember we have to keep writing, improving our craft - and stop obsessing over that damn other shoe.
And like you mentioned on that other thread - no the stories won't write themselves. Which is kinda cool - cause I really need to do something with all those voices in my head.
Here's to an awesome week for all my fellow Indies!
Sign me up for that support group! My sales are down this month and I am in mourning for the three chapters I feverishly wrote yesterday and then when the prompt to "save" or "don't save" popped up, some evil monster took control of my fingers and I accidentally hit "don't save" and POOF! it was gone with no hope of ever finding it again.
As the great Al Gorical has opined, "The warmest days of the year will be in the middle of the summer!" So true. So this isn't rocket science. Sales will pick-up during the holiday season, as usual. Remember what the Door mouse said in search for a piece of cheese. Project, project, project.....(double entendre).
I got my first computer in the mid-80s. One of my friends was getting her masters, and borrowed my computer to type her Master's theses. Home computers were pretty new back then, and she wasn't aware of the importance of the save feature.
Well, she typed her entire damn theses, without saving. And yep, gone.