Wednesday, December 7, 2011

December Sales Update

TOTAL BOOKS SOLD: 138,939

 
Totals are as of December 6, 2011 @ 10PM and do NOT include 25,000 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:            188*

 Total:              12,561*


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:            518*

Total:              29,010*


 
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:          284*

Total:              8,152*


 
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:          146*

Total:              8,625*


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:         1,013*

Total:              80,591*

*sales as of December 6, 2011 @ 10 PM (B&N and Amazon combined)

 
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. A Knight in Central Park got another boost recently with a Pixel of Ink sponsorship on 12/6/11. In November I did more writing and less promoting. Dead Weight will be released on 12/15/11 and Having My Baby, a romantic comedy will be released in January, 2012.

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 http://www.lisamondello.blogspot.com/p/self-publishing-stats.html
Debra Holland http://www.drdebraholland.blogspot.com/
Norah Wilson http://www.norahwilsonwrites.com/wordpress/
D.D. Scott http://ddscottville.blogspot.com/p/wg2e.html
Trish McCallan and Jolyn Palliata http://totaltransparencyselfpublishing.wordpress.com/

4 comments:

elizabethreinhardt said...

They really, really do help! Thank you so much for sharing, and a huge congrats on your wonderful sales!! I just published in September, and have blogged those numbers, and am about to do my October/November numbers this week at www.elireinhardt.blogspot.com. Thank you so much for making the indie community stronger!

Theresa Ragan said...

Thanks, Elizabeth. I agree. I do like transparency.

I just noticed that Brenda Hiatt has posted her first report with the data she has collected.

If it's okay with you, I'll add your name and blog to the bottom of my December update since you are sharing numbers, too.

Karen Ritter said...

I don't know if you know this or not, but the LA Times listed A Knight in Central Park as a suggested read. I found it by going to the article in the latest RWA email-How I became a best selling author. Then click on the comic strip and there you are. The first book listed under romance. I'm going to try to give you the link. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204770404577082303350815824.html#project%3DEBOOK120911%26articleTabs%3Dinteractive

Hope that works. Congrats.
Karen

Theresa Ragan said...

Thanks, Karen! Very thoughtful of you!