Friday, April 22, 2011

B&N Sales for a newly pubbed Indie Author

First off, I would like to say that I am sharing information about sales at Amazon and B&N because if you are like me, you are curious about this new self-publishing phenomenon. At least, new to me. I know some authors have been doing this for a while now. 
The first two weeks at B&N were slow and I was happy with 1 or 2 sales a day. After I released the second book (A Knight in Central Park $.99) on 3/18 sales slowly rose.
Here are my sales numbers starting in April, 2011 (#’s are combined for both books, but the majority of sales are for the book set at $.99):
4/1 = 15 books sold
4/2 = 12
4/3 = 21
4/4 = 16
4/5 = 12
4/6 = 24
4/7 = 28
4/8 = 31
4/9 = 35
4/10 = 49
4/11 = 22
4/12 = 25
4/13 = 24
4/14 = 22
4/15 = 35
4/16 = 41
4/17 = 50
4/18 = 41
4/19 = 35
4/20 = 24
4/21 = 25

With my first book, Return of the Rose, released on March 2, 2011, and my second book, A Knight in Central Park, released on March 18, 2011, I have, as of today, April 22, 2011, sold a TOTAL of 4,509 books at Amazon and 725 books at B&N.

If you have any questions, let me know!


Kay Cassidy said...

This is terrific, Theresa! Hugely awesome for you on the sales front and wonderful information for people considering self-publishing. I've been forwarding a link to writer friends all day. Go you, honey. :-)

Rebecca J. Clark said...

Where do you get your numbers for each? I use Novelrank for my Amazon numbers, but what about for BN?

Congrats on the great numbers, by the way. Very awesome.

Theresa Ragan said...

Thank you for the encouragement, Kay! I love when authors share numbers and cold hard facts.

Theresa Ragan said...

Hi Rebecca! For B&N, I got to Pubit...the same place you go to register your book, etc. So, I sign on to Pubit and then hit the Sales Tab and then you can look at sales for each day if you hit, for example, March, 2011, and then VIEW. Hope this helps! I haven't used Novelrank. For Amazon, I get the numbers on Kindle Direct Publishing every few minutes if I want to drive myself crazy.

Rebecca J. Clark said...

Hi again,
I'm thinking these services are only for indie authors. Novelrank is somewhat accurate, I think, but I have no idea what I've done on BN until I get my royalty statement.

I'm so thrilled your books are selling so well. That's got to make you feel so good. And vindicated. :)

Theresa Ragan said...

Rebecca, you're right. I was thinking you were an indie author. It is a plus being able to see the numbers on a daily/hourly basis. I think I'll go check out novelrank and see how close the numbers are to mine.

Thanks for the nice words. I'm just excited that readers are enjoying my books. I wrote them for busy women who want to escape for a few hours of fun and romance. It feels surreal to have 19 years of determination and perseverance payoff.

Anonymous said...

Hi Theresa!

I just e mailed you :) But that was before I read your "about you" section. I just want to say I am so happy to hear that after 19 years of hard work, you are able to get your books out into the world! I can sincerely empathize with you; and I've only been on the researching end!

My book that is coming out at the end of May, I've had it for 5 YEARS, but never "finished" it because a) I wanted to write multiple genres and I was under the impression my "break out" novel was going to pin me to a certain genre b) I kept researching and found out that a writer only gets about a $5,000-$7,000 book advance that's IF an editor/agent gets you a deal...c) it takes TWO years to get out to the market??? I was sooooo overwhelmed, and discouraged and felt over my head. My passion for writing and becoming "a fiction writer" was slowly depleting. But, I kept writing :) (and researching).

I am a writer for my day job, and I love that. But my dream has always been since i was little, like five ,was to be a published fiction writer and write all day, read all day, (and of course normal human being things :) )

LOL. But everything seemed so overwhelming-the whole process. Then, I would read about people, like you!, who kept getting rejected,(even though their story is stellar!) then agents dropping out,-I'm like, "Holy Cow! This is TOUGH!!" Not to mention the fact that -"hey, why does ONE person get to say if they want to publish a book or not? What if he or she is having a bad day? What if they just got broken up with? What if their dog died? Maybe they may not be in their right mind when they look over everything?" :)

Then the light bulb went off this year when I heard about Amazon e publishing. My passion came back, my drive came back, and now I'm writing like crazy! So, my empathy is GREAT for what you had to go through-but look how incredibly amazing you are doing! I am truly very happy for you!

Thanks so much for sharing with everyone your success and encouraging others!

Theresa Ragan said...

Lacy, thanks for the great post! You made me laugh. I can't wait to read your book. What's the title and genre?

Isn't it great that we don't have to let 20 people in New York decide the future of our books any longer? I never thought I would be self-publishing and I certainly never imagined it would work out like it has. I love the idea of letting readers decide if they like my books. yay!

I'm off to read your email. It sounds like you have everything under control since your book is scheduled for May...but if you have any questions at all about anything, let me know!

I'm going to post more #'s next week. I'm also going to talk about Pixel of Ink because I think a mention on their website helped boost my sales big time.

Wishing you MEGA success with your book!!!


Anonymous said...

awww thanks Theresa! I'm so happy to have made you at least laugh :)

My book is called, "The Last Page" and it's chick lit :) It's a light hearted read but deals with the very real issue of loving again when you feel like you can't go on.

I was talking to my friend today at work who is from publishing in Nasvhille. I told her about the comment I had left you about editors. She told me that it's very true. When she was an editor, she would have meetings with 4 other editors, and their boss, and would have like only one hour to go through FIVE manuscripts and choose 2 or 3 to continue on.

So many books fall through the cracks! But I'm glad to see yours is getting such exposure! Think about it, 5,000 books in ONE month? That's more than most first time authors sale first time around with print "with" a publisher! Or it at least is what most are getting for their entire book advance! haha. Can't wait to see your update for latest sales!