Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Sales for May 2011

Scroll to bottom of post to see total # of books sold in twelve weeks!

Return of the Rose (3/2/11 Release) $2.99 Medieval Time Travel - 400 pages
Morgan Hayes is whisked back in time where she is forced to marry in her twin sister’s place…a sister she knows nothing about.
B&N:               76
Amazon:      1,518
A Knight in Central Park (3/18/11 Release) $.99 Medieval Time Travel - 390 pages
A regular Joe, a guy who likes hot showers and toothpaste, ends up in 1499 medieval England and must use his Bic and nail clippers to fight off more than one armored man if he wants to live to see another day.
B&N                  314
Amazon           3,965
Taming Mad Max (4/25/11 Release) $2.99 Romantic Comedy - 390 pages
Kari Murphy must work side by side with the guy she spent one spectacular night with during high school, the guy she pined after for too long. Too bad he has NO idea who the hell she is.
B&N                 14
Amazon:          167
Finding Kate Huntley (5/6/11 Release) $2.99 Romantic Suspense - 362 pages

During a vacation in the Caribbean, 15-year old Kate Huntley's father, a prominent U.S. scientist, is murdered before her eyes. Kate grows up alone in Haiti, one of the most dangerous and poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere. Kate pushes herself to become stronger, mentally and physically. Every day is a struggle for survival. And yet she lives for only one reason...revenge.

B&N                   9
Amazon           174
ABDUCTED (5/31/11 release) - $2.99 Romantic Suspense/Thriller - 480 pages

Escaping from a madman should have been the end of her nightmare...but it was only the beginning.
B&N                 2
Amazon           22
As you can see above, A Knight in Central Park has dipped in sales (from 250 a day to 100 per day), but I am not complaining. I love that I have gained 4,279 potential readers in May alone. The other day I changed the category (as the author you get to choose 2 categories for each book on Amazon) from straight historical to Fantasy Historical where I believe my medieval time travels should have been all along. It took me a while to figure out categories and rankings and everything else. Still so much to learn.
Return of the Rose is still rising in sales and ranking.  1 to 3 books a day to 50 per day. 1,594 books in May. ROTR would be the book of my heart because I learned so much writing this novel. ROTR garnered me 3 Golden Heart finals out of 6, snagged me an agent, and I was able to work with an editor until she left to work for another publisher. Close but no cigar. What IF, and that's a big IF, I can make $2,000 a month or more off of this one book? And for how many years? Five? Ten? I'll let you do the math. Something to think about if you have a book you love, a book that you are willing to do line edits on and then send to readers before releasing. Just sayin'.  
Taming Mad Max is doing well, but I’m not sure about my cover. And I think I made a mistake by changing the title from Better Late Than Never to Taming Mad Max. I think I might change the cover AND the title and see what happens. What do you think?
Finding Kate Huntley was released two weeks after Taming Mad Max and has passed that book up. I do love this book and FKH was almost picked up by Grand Central a few years back.
ABDUCTED was released yesterday and has started off with a bang!

TOTAL # of BOOKS SOLD in 12 weeks:  13,711


Bev Pettersen said...

What fabulous numbers! Congratulations, Theresa. It's so neat that you can play around with pricing and title and covers. I do like "Better Late Than Never." Thanks for sharing.

Theresa Ragan said...

Thanks, Bev. Yeah...I think I'm going to have to change Taming Mad Max back to its original title.

Good luck with Jockeys and Jewels. Come back to let us know when you release your book.

cidney swanson said...

"Something to think about if you have a book you love, a book that you are willing to do line edits on and then send to readers before releasing. Just sayin'."

I'm curious what you mean. I did 3 line edits (the kind where you hold an envelope under each line as you go) after innumerable revision edits. Didn't send out to readers early however. You did? How, and what was the benefit (or your design?) in so doing? Thx!

Theresa Ragan said...

Hi Cidney, I'm not sure what you mean by sending out to readers "early" BUT I THINK you mean you didn't give your book to anyone else to read? Do I have that right? If so, you are very brave. :)

I think you should trust your instincts. If you feel confident that you caught everything, then more power to you. It's not easy to find readers and if you have to pay someone to edit that's no fun either, but YES, I have readers read my book way before I release it. Many times, if possible.

The more people you can get to read your book before you release it, the better, IMO, because almost always they will find at least one typo or missing word.

I don't let anyone look at my novel until it's finished because I don't want anyone to stop my muse. Once I am finished though, I have someone else read it right away. I want to know if the middle is dragging or if it's boring. I go through this process quite a few times and then finally there are three of us who read the entire book once more before I release it. Writers are blind to their work.

If you can't find a reader...hmmm...I never thought of that. I would suggest joining a writer's group and finding other people who need readers and then you could exchange works with one another.

Let me know if I read your question wrong. I'm not communicating well today. :)

Susan Anne Mason said...

Wonderful numbers, Theresa! Congrats!

Theresa Ragan said...

Thanks, Sue! I am having a lot of fun.