Making Money From Paperbacks Publishing

As regular readers will be aware, I used to post a monthly sales report, sharing my sales numbers, dollars earned, and what I had been up to in terms of promotion or various other projects. I did that for a year, then felt it had outlived its purpose (to show an unknown writer with no platform can do okay) and that it was starting to feel like a trumpet-blowing exercise. However, I also know that some people found it useful, so I’m going to try a different format. Instead of posting all my numbers, I’ll focus on one aspect each month and explain the strategy and/or where I screwed up. This month I’m looking at paperbacks. As a bonus, at Read More…

March Sales Report: A Bumper Month & Some Old-School Piracy

It’s that time of the month again when the slate is wiped clean and Amazon makes us sing for our supper anew. All those beautiful sales vanish from our reports, replaced by a taunting brown streak – which only disappears whenever things get moving again. Checking those sales numbers can be addictive, particularly when you are on a run. Less so when Amazon’s customers appear to be boycotting your books. But enough of that, March was great. A bumper month even. Before I go any further, I have the usual alternative reading for those averse to sales talk and number wrangling. British science fiction author Ian Watson has an extended essay on his website detailing his experiences of working with one Read More…

March Sales Report: A Bumper Month & Some Old-School Piracy

It’s that time of the month again when the slate is wiped clean and Amazon makes us sing for our supper anew. All those beautiful sales vanish from our reports, replaced by a taunting brown streak – which only disappears whenever things get moving again. Checking those sales numbers can be addictive, particularly when you are on a run. Less so when Amazon’s customers appear to be boycotting your books. But enough of that, March was great. A bumper month even. Before I go any further, I have the usual alternative reading for those averse to sales talk and number wrangling. British science fiction author Ian Watson has an extended essay on his website detailing his experiences of working with one Read More…

February Sales Report: Amazon Up, Everywhere Else Down

It has been a couple of months since I did a sales report, so I thought it might be a good time to share what kind of value I’m getting out of my pimp suit. For anyone looking for numbers with lots of zeroes in them, or tales of battling with household names at the top of the charts, I have a warning for you: this is not that kind of report. About the only big numbers you’ll see are for free stuff, but I’m selling at a nice level, paying my rent and some bills, and have been for some months now. The checks are about to get a little nicer too because I finally sorted my tax status Read More…

December Report: Sales Steady, Revenue Up

December is when self-publishers get all misty eyed over all the newborn e-book buyers taking their first tentative steps into the market. Amazon sold well over a million Kindles a week during December, and the other manufacturers will have shifted plenty too. Most of these will have been to new entrants, who traditionally (i.e. since last year) go on a book buying binge to fill up their shiny new devices. It certainly seemed like the market doubled on Christmas Day. Since then, a burst of sales only gets you half as high in the rankings as it used to (although the Amazon Lending Library borrows counting as sales will be a factor too). My sales didn’t double, so I’m not speaking Read More…

November Report: Rising Tides, Higher Prices & A Lucky Break (Or Two)

November is a curious month, filled with strange American inventions like Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday (also known as National Buy-Yourself-A-Present Day). It’s also traditionally (as in since last year) when e-book sales pick up. At this early stage, new entrants to the market can have a significant effect. New e-reader owners tend to go on binge-buying sprees, which makes sense – they need something to read on their new toy. The real boom starts on December 25th and continues through February. However, a smaller boom starts at some point in November – after all the shiny new e-reader models have been unveiled – and millions of Americans crack under the temptation, forego waiting to see who loves them Read More…

November Report: Rising Tides, Higher Prices & A Lucky Break (Or Two)

November is a curious month, filled with strange American inventions like Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday (also known as National Buy-Yourself-A-Present Day). It’s also traditionally (as in since last year) when e-book sales pick up. At this early stage, new entrants to the market can have a significant effect. New e-reader owners tend to go on binge-buying sprees, which makes sense – they need something to read on their new toy. The real boom starts on December 25th and continues through February. However, a smaller boom starts at some point in November – after all the shiny new e-reader models have been unveiled – and millions of Americans crack under the temptation, forego waiting to see who loves them Read More…

October Sales Report: A Holding Pattern & A Milestone

After last month’s big drop, October provided some welcome relief in the shape of a slight uptick. Hey, at least it’s going the right direction. It was marginal, though. Essentially, I’m in a holding pattern until my next release in December. That’s fine with me; my sales are paying my rent, and some other exciting stuff happened this month anyway. And because today is exactly six-months since the release of my first e-book If You Go Into The Woods, I’m going to take a little look back on how this whole self-publishing adventure has gone for me. For those who don’t enjoy peeking in other people’s wallets, or talk of sales or money, I have some alternative reading for you, Read More…

October Sales Report: A Holding Pattern & A Milestone

After last month’s big drop, October provided some welcome relief in the shape of a slight uptick. Hey, at least it’s going the right direction. It was marginal, though. Essentially, I’m in a holding pattern until my next release in December. That’s fine with me; my sales are paying my rent, and some other exciting stuff happened this month anyway. And because today is exactly six-months since the release of my first e-book If You Go Into The Woods, I’m going to take a little look back on how this whole self-publishing adventure has gone for me. For those who don’t enjoy peeking in other people’s wallets, or talk of sales or money, I have some alternative reading for you, Read More…

September Report: A Big, Big Slump

Let’s get the bad news out of the way first: I had a huge drop in September. I’m quite sanguine about it. I haven’t released something new since July and I have been virtually inactive on the promo front while trying to finish the final pass on A Storm Hits Valparaíso. I know some people don’t like hearing talk about numbers and even less about dollars. For those of that persuasion, you can read my recent post on Indie Reader about the bout of pessimism that had permeated self-publishing circles on foot of Amazon’s recent changes to its layout and algorithms. If you have already seen that, you can check out my new blog: South Americana. I’ll be talking more about Read More…

Numbers For August: Sales & Revenue Rise Again

Regular readers will know that I post my monthly numbers in terms of sales and dollars. Today, I have August’s numbers for you. If you have an aversion to sales talk or wallet peeking, look away now. I have just returned from vacation, and before I get stuck into the numbers, I would like to thank all my guest posters who kept things ticking over in my absence with some fine articles. So, to the numbers. In short, as you can see, August was my best month to date.

Numbers For August: Sales & Revenue Rise Again

Regular readers will know that I post my monthly numbers in terms of sales and dollars. Today, I have August’s numbers for you. If you have an aversion to sales talk or wallet peeking, look away now. I have just returned from vacation, and before I get stuck into the numbers, I would like to thank all my guest posters who kept things ticking over in my absence with some fine articles. So, to the numbers. In short, as you can see, August was my best month to date.

July Sales Report: Big Jump In Sales, Huge Jump In Revenue

From the beginning, I promised to publish my sales figures every month. I had several reasons for this. Joe Konrath was the first I know of to share all his numbers. Several followed his lead, and that culture of openness he initiated was a key factor in my realization that self-publishing was now a viable path for any writer. I think most writers find these numbers helpful, but I know a minority find it a little distasteful. That’s fine. If you are if that persuasion, I have a guest post today over at the blog of Jonathan Dalar which you can read instead, called “Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt” about the tactics that some defenders of the status quo are using Read More…