Hello, Everyone, and Happy Friday the 13th: Part 2. Since I published Dying Embers on the first Friday the 13th, that makes this exactly 4 weeks since it went live and the book's One Month-iversary. Yay!
Here are the hard numbers for that month from my handy-dandy Excel spreadsheet):
I moved 400 copies. By moved, I mean 400 copies are now in some reader's hands available for them to read.
Of the 44 I'll get paid for:
22 of those were straight Kindle sales in the US.
2 were straight Kindle sales in the UK.
17 were Kindle Unlimited 'borrows' where the person read at least 10% of the book.
I sold 2 print books through Createspace, and one print copy by hand.
I gave away 356 free e-copies during that time. This makes for some interesting numbers:
315 copies went to US Kindle readers
25 copies went to UK readers
8 went to Canada
4 went to Germany
2 went to India
1 went to Japan
1 went to Brazil
I'm international! Yay!
On the more soft numbers, I've had two people tell me they bought the book through B&N, but I won't see those numbers until the end of March report. I've also heard from another person that they bought a hardcopy through Amazon UK, but that hasn't hit my reports yet. Additionally, I have no way of knowing how many people borrowed the book through Kindle Unlimited - until they actually read the books they borrowed. :shrug:
I have six 5-star reviews at Amazon. Over at Goodreads, I have seven 5-star reviews, one 4-star review, one 3-star rating, and one 2-star rating - giving me an overall average of 4.4 stars.
For a debut novelist that ain't bad. And just so you don't thinking I'm sitting back on my laurels, waiting for the cash to roll in, I'll be sending my next book - Wrongful Termination - to the editor tonight. (Or tomorrow morning if today gets away from me.)
I hope those numbers help anyone who might be thinking of getting into this self-publishing thing. Like they say on the stock-trader commercials - yada yada not indicative of future earnings - and like on the car commercials - your mileage may vary. For everyone else, I hope this was at least interesting.
So anyway, thanks again for all your support. It's really been a wild month and I couldn't have done it without you. :hugs: