Friday, April 24, 2015

Self-Publishing Data

Yeah, yeah, it's like totally verboten to talk about the hard facts of self-publishing, but you'd be surprised how many people want to know.  And it's not like the gatekeepers of traditional publishing can do a damn thing to stop me. so here they are - the facts as they pertain to me.

Fact 1:  I can put out a quality, edited, professional looking book in about three months.  Lucky for me, I have books already in the hopper, so I can still be pretty lazy and still make my timeline.  If I had to write a brand-new book and get it published, I could still do it in 3 months, but I'd have to bust my ass.  I'm not entirely fond of busting my ass, but I'd do it if I had to.  Lucky for me, I don't have to yet.

Fact 2:  It is a shitload of work self-publishing.  Beyond the writing all of us writer do, there's marketing and sales and cover art and bookkeeping and... Well, you get the drift.  Most of that work would be shouldered by the publisher if I went traditional. Then again, they'd get most of the money.

Fact 3:  The money.  With Amazon, I get 70% royalties.  It's no secret.  In fact, if you go over to the KDP information page, you can see the facts there.  (I know because I read all that stuff before I signed up with KDP.)  Plus, I'm not saying anything you can't read in David Gaughran's book Let's Get Digital.

Fact 4:  I have sold 60 books since February 13th.  That's ebooks, 'borrows', and paperbacks.  I'm hoping when the funds hit my account, I have enough to buy Scrivener, so I can use it to format my books across platforms, which will make it easier to make them available at other vendors - like B&N, etc.  

Fact 5:  For a strictly indie, debut novelist, sixty books out of the gate is GOOD.  Sure, it's sad when I go to my sales data and the graph is a straight line for the past however many days, but I have to remind myself this is how it is for a first book. If I'm still flatlining at the end of the year, you may find me weeping, but for now, I'm hanging in there.

Fact 6:  Having a good support crew is priceless.  The other day Hubs asked how sales were going, and I had to tell him they weren't.  He didn't bat an eye.  Then I told him I didn't want to disappoint him.  He gave me a hug and told me I wasn't disappointing him.  I'd be totally crushed if he wasn't so supportive.  Plus, I have all my friends and my fans.  You guys are awesome.

I hope that shed some light on the self-publishing world.  If you have any questions, feel free to ask.  I'll answer here, or in email, or tell you outright if it's too personal to answer.  =o)


  1. Good for you for putting it out there! Have faith!!

  2. It's a big, scary world is self-publishing. But despite all the hassle, and the fact that I'm a hybrid author (titles with NY, small press, and self-pubbed), I'm REALLY glad I took the nose dive into self-pubbing. I'm still waiting to hear on the the other 4 Red Dirt books. In the meantime, I'm happily revisiting Moonstruck and Penumbra, and expanding into new series. Sales are down across the board, so don't freak yet. You'll build an audience, and it will grow when you have more books out. So get ACCIDENTAL DEATH out there. And the Djinn books. And just keep on keepin' on. You're doing what you love. What's better than that?

    1. I'm glad you did, too, Silver. It is a big, scary thing, but like I said, with friends like you, it's a little less so. Fingers crossed for the success of the Red Dirt books, and yay for revisiting your other two series. Not freaking yet. Not a lot anyway. LOL

      Accidental Death will be out soon. The Djinn books will be out a helluva lot sooner then they would've been if they'd been traditionally published. And I'm keeping on.

      Not much is better than doing what I love, and I do love this. =o)

  3. Sixty is a great start! Indie publishing is all about the long tail. The more books you put out, the wider your tail will get.

    Hmm. That doesn't sound quite right...

    1. LOL, and yet I totally got what you were trying to say, Deb. Thanks!

  4. Congratulations. It's a great start and it's going to get better. And as a bonus you're helping other authors with the information they need to get started self publishing.