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Ebook Experiment update

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Well, I’ve sold 200,000 copies of my ebooks in the last two months. That’s a so-so start but I’ll have to live with it. Oh, wait, what’s that you’re saying? It’s April 1st? You’re right! How about I tell you the real amount.

Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

So, as many of you know, I’ve been dabbling in the ebook world. I started on Feb 5th (with the release of DUST) and so far I’ve converted 4 books to the various formats (if you want to read my previous post on this topic it’s here):

Hey, they look kind of nice all lined up like that! I hired two artists to do the covers for the first three books (Derek Mah and Christopher Steininger, respectively)  and I put the cover of SHADES together myself using an image from iStock Photo. I then uploaded the books to Amazon, Smashwords, and iTunes. Each time I released a novel I, of course, tweeted and Facebooked about it (I describe some of my promotions here). 

And here are the results so far (cue the drum roll): 68 copies sold.

Okay, that’s not amazing, but I’m pragmatic about these things. Somewhere in the back of my mind I, of course, was hoping to add a few more zeroes to that number, but apparently, like everything to do with writing, you actually have to work at this! My plan from the start was to see this not as a sprint, but as a marathon. After all, these books will be on the shelves forever.

Here’s the breakdown:

Amazon US
Draugr 13
Dust 7 (2.99) + 12 (.99) = 17
Shades 8
The Haunting of Drang 3
Total: 41
Amazon UK
Dust 2 (2.99) + 2 (.99) = 4
Total = 4
Smashwords
Draugr 6
Shades 2
Total = 8
iTunes
Draugr 6
Dust 6
Shades 3
Total = 15

Grand Total = 68 copies
What the numbers tell me is that, of course, Amazon sells the most. And I am not reaching beyond my base yet (in fact I could probably name at least half the people who purchased the ebooks). I think this "expansion" will come over time as reviews of the books trickle down into the public consciousness and as the books pop up more often as "recommends" on Amazon. I’m really curious what the sales will be like six months from now. I do feel that the children’s ebook market is still about two years behind that "grown up" market–just not that many young readers have ereaders yet.
All of the books are priced at $2.99 except for Dust which is .99 cents right now (I’ve explained my logic behind the lower price here). As you can see (just using the Amazon numbers) Dust has sold 9 copies at $2.99 and 14 copies at .99 cents. So obviously I’d make more money if I flipped it back up to $2.99. But I want to experiment with that price level for another month or so to see if the price point allows the book to get more traction.

Overall, I’m happy with the results. No, I won’t be buying a new car. But I do consider this an investment in my future. And these books weren’t making me any money before this so it really is a win win win situation.

I’ll do another update at the six month mark. If things go well enough, I’ll buy each of you a car (no money back guarantee).
 
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