Okay… deep breaths… I’m going to do this.
When I first started out on this whole self-publishing venture, I told myself I would be honest and open about the entire process, including releasing my sales figures. Of course, now that the time has come to do so, I’m nervous.
You see, before I published, I saw plenty of blog posts from established independent authors sharing their sales figures, and how much they made per year, per month, etc. and the numbers were, quite frankly, staggering. Six figure salaries and five figure per month marketing budgets were plentiful. But I didn’t see many (read: any) new indie authors sharing their sales figures, at least not publicly, so I said to myself, “Self, when we do this, we shall publish our sales figures every month, so other indie authors have a better understanding of what this process really looks like.”
It sounded great before I knew what the sales were going to be. Now, I’m less than enthused about sharing my first month’s sales, but… I will. Because I need to learn how to be brave. Because this industry requires courage and tenacity and strength. Because if I’m ever going to succeed, I must first learn to embrace my failures.
So… without further ado… here are the sales figures for the first month of sales of my debut novel, The Wheel Mages.
Sales Period: November 29, 2016 (launch date) through December 29, 2016
Vendor: Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing (Kindle)
Copies sold: 27
Territories sold: United States (26) and Denmark! (1)
Royalties: 71.21 USD, 2.18 EUR
Vendor: CreateSpace (Paperback)
Copies sold: 23
Territories sold: United States (23)
Royalties: 26.68 USD
Vendor: Personal Sales (Paperback)
Copies sold: 7
Territories sold: United States (7)
Royalties: 36.12 USD
Vendor: iTunes (iBook)
Copies sold: 1
Territories sold: United States (1)
Royalties: 2.80 USD
Total copies sold in the first month: 58
Territories sold: United States (57) and Denmark! (1)
Royalties: 136.81 USD, 2.18 EUR
To put this into perspective, my cover art cost $175, so in my first month of sales, I’ve almost made that back. Except none of this money, with the exception of the money I made from selling books to friends and family (see: Vendor: Personal Sales) has actually arrived in my bank account yet, because Amazon doesn’t release the royalties until you’ve accumulated $100. So, there’s that. And my next book is due to the content editor in 17 days, so unless I wake up one morning and I’ve miraculously sold 2,000 copies overnight (listen, this is something I still sort of hope for), there’s another big check looming in my not-too-distant future. Sidenote: If you’re writing a series, maybe consider budgeting for the first two books.
My goal was to sell 100 books in the first month. As you can see, I didn’t make it. And although I wish I could tell you I sold 10,000 copies, the truth is less extraordinary, which I suppose in some ways, makes it all the more important to share.
This is reality, y’all, the good, the bad, and the ugly. So here’s to selling more books in 2017!
P.S. On a WAY more exciting note, I received my first bit of fanart yesterday! FANART! Can you believe it? Yeah, I’m super pumped. I smiled so hard my face almost fell off. Check it out!!! There’s another piece as well, but I want to save it to share in another post, so keep your eyes peeled!