Wednesday, December 28, 2011

145,419 books sold!

December Sales Update II

Totals are as of December 27, 2011 @ 10PM and do NOT include 64,000 FREE downloads
(Amazon and B&N combined Sales)

Return of the Rose - Released March 2, 2011 $2.99
Medieval Time Travel Romance

March: 298
April: 894
May: 1,600
June: 1,475
July: 1,291
August: 2,352
September: 1,955
October: 1,527
November: 981
December: 862*

Total: 13,235*

A Knight in Central Park- Released March 18, 2011 $.99
Medieval Time Travel Romance

March: 247
April: 6,071
May: 4,306
June: 2,414
July: 1,330
August: 9,812
September: 2,088
October: 1,348
November: 876
December: 1,844*

Total: 30,336*

Taming Mad Max - Released April 25, 2011 $2.99
Romantic Comedy

April: 30
May: 182
June: 265
July: 310
August: 934
September: 1,872
October: 2,125
November: 2,150
December: 1,295*

Total: 9,163*

Finding Kate Huntley - Released May 5, 2011 $2.99
Romantic Suspense

May: 187
June: 261
July: 325
August: 1,159
September: 3,363
October: 2,089
November: 1,095
December: 1,400*

Total: 9,879*

Abducted - Released May 29, 2011 $2.99
Romantic Suspense/Thriller

May: 25
June: 694
July: 1,708
August: 12,917
September: 39,413
October: 18,176
November: 6,645
December: 3,033*

Total: 82,611*

Dead Weight - Released December 22, 2011 $2.99
Romantic Suspense/Thriller

December: 195*

Total: 195*

*sales as of December 27, 2011 @ 10 PM (B&N and Amazon combined)

2011 has been a very exciting year! A Knight in Central Park was mentioned in the Wall Street JournalAbducted stayed on Amazon's Bestseller List for All Kindle Store for three months. In ten months I have sold close to 150,000 ebooks. Thank you, READERS! 

Twenty years ago, when I sat down to write my very first book, I ended up with binders filled with notes and character sketches. I had fifty pages of what turned out to be an outline. Five years after beginning my writing journey, I finished Return of the Rose and I joined Romance Writers of America. I also joined the Sacramento Chapter of RWA. I worked with critique partners, I signed with two agents, and I worked with more than a few editors on two of my novels. I garnered six nominations in RWA’s prestigious Golden Heart Competition. I entered writing contests and later became a judge for many of those same contests. I attended conferences all over the U.S. and, most importantly, I wrote every day. Despite all of my hard work, signing with a publisher in New York was not to be. I had written more than ten novels and too many partials to count and I was frustrated. That’s when I decided to write a thriller and kill off some characters and my frustrations at the same time. While researching real-life serial killers I began to have nightmares and had to put the book away. Nine months later, I read what I had written and I felt compelled to finish the story. My husband told me I should self-publish. He also reminded me to write for the love of writing and nothing else. He was right. And that’s exactly what I began to do. I cannot wait to wake up every morning and write. I have a passion for telling stories and I cannot imagine doing anything else. Becoming an indie author has allowed me to share my stories with readers--a dream come true.


Brenda Hiatt is collecting data on independent publishing. Help her out by sharing your numbers so that we can all benefit. It's all done anonymously. Click HERE for more information.

If you are thinking about self-publishing, but don't know where to start when it comes to marketing, promotion and formatting, don't worry. There are so many helpful authors willing to share what they have learned. My advice to you is to join Indie Romance Ink run by Cate Rowan and Carly Carson. There are over 500 members. Many IRI members are traditionally published and have already self-published a book or two. Some members are undecided. All are welcome to join and learn.

Twice a month I share my number of books sold in hopes that these numbers might help other writers make their own decisions about self-publishing. Every writer has their own personal and unique journey. My hope is that I can inspire others out there who are working hard at their craft to NEVER GIVE UP. Let me know if you have any questions at all. Happy Holidays!

Other authors who share numbers:

Lisa Mondello
Debra Holland
Norah Wilson
D.D. Scott
Trish McCallan and Jolyn Palliata


Cate Rowan said...

Every time I read one of your numbers posts, I think back to the beginning of the year when we talked; you were just on the cusp of this journey, willing to jump in and take a risk. I am SO FREAKING PROUD OF YOU and all you've accomplished in 2011! Here's to a simply amazing 2012. *clink*

Theresa Ragan said...

Cate, I have YOU to thank for giving me the big push I needed to self-publish. When I talked to you on the phone ten short months ago, my husband had been telling me I should self-publish for a few years, but once I talked to you I INSTANTLY knew that it was time. Authors like you and Norah Wilson paved the way for romance writers like me. I think of you often as I continue down the indie road filled with surprises at every turn.

Thank you, Cate, for taking the time to help writers like me make big decisions!!

*clink* Here's to hoping many more dreams out there come true in 2012!

Jeff Faria said...

I am very glad for the year you are having. I feel sure that next year you'll surpass this year's figures, and field some interesting offers from the traditional publishing world as well.

Theresa Ragan said...

Hi Jeff, thank you so much for the kind words. I hope you are right about 2012 although I can't imagine another year as good as this one. And I don't just mean book sales. Having control of my career, having a healthy and happy family, and hearing from readers and nice people like you has made every day a joyous one.

Happy New Year!

Lisa Mondello said...

Amazing. You continue to inspire. Thanks for sharing your journey with us Theresa! May 2012 be better than 2011!!

Lisa Mondello

Alicia Street said...

Congratulations on KNIGHT being picked as one of the best books of 2011. I love that book! It was one of the first Indie books I read. Having been traditionally published and losing my contract, I had been nervous about trying the Indie route, but that book convinced me there was an exciting alternative path available. Thanks for the inspiration. Wishing you a great 2012!

Theresa Ragan said...

Hi Lisa, sorry I didn't say Hi before. I missed your post!

Alicia, you are too sweet! Thank you for the very kind words. I see your name everywhere so you must be doing great. Here's to a great 2012!

Happy New Year!

Dr. Debra Holland said...


Your sales numbers are AMAZING! And so very well deserved cuz your books are GREAT!

Here's to a million in 2012!

Theresa Ragan said...

Thanks, Dr. Debra. Happy New Year!

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