I never thought I’d do this for month #1, as I thought for sure I’d be embarrassed at my pathetic sales totals. I mean seriously, Amanda Hocking has sold over 900,000 books in her first year being published, so how lame will I look standing up to that?
The numbers came in today, Kindle being fairly quick, Barnes & Noble being the slowest (seems to be their M.O.), and Smashwords being nearly real-time. Sat down with a cup of coffee and totaled them up. Ready for the big number?
Yep, 34 total books sold since Gabriel’s Redemption hit the open market on February 3rd. Digging a little deeper, I see that five of those were comp copies through Smashwords, and a couple of the Kindle purchases were friends/family. So that leaves me with 27 sales to total strangers, people I’ve never met, people who now are (or will be) reading my blood, sweat, and tears.
At first I was disappointed. You can all see 27 books ain’t a-gonna pay the bills. Barely covers my red wine expense, for Pete’s sake. But that’s 27 more books than I sold the previous month, and 27 more than I’ve sold in my entire life. Every one of those was purchased by someone who thought the cover looked good, or the blurb sounded interesting, or was referred by someone else who liked it.
Maybe that’s the true meaning of success. I didn’t get into this to be rich – if I did, I’d have been committed to a loony bin. Every writer, new or established, will tell you to not go into this expecting to sit on top of a Benjamin pile every evening. I went into this because I’ve always wanted to write, my entire life, since first reading my parents’ books in the upstairs closet at seven years old. I went into this to tell a story, or stories, that other people would want to read and be entertained by. And if there’s a few bucks in it? Awesome sauce.
However, dot-dot-dot, all that being said, this was month one, with one book for sale, with barely a handful of people knowing my name. I’ve already started on book two, with plans to release it in May and begin working on book three. If things work out well, I hope to have four books on the market by the end of 2011.
Oh, and that Amanda Hocking, the one who by now surely has exceeded a million books sold in barely a year? By her own account she sold 45 copies of two books in her first two weeks published.
Here I come…