More on sales

I’ve found a few more writers who are publicly tracking sales of their self-published ebooks. These aren’t top sellers, so give a different view of sales than what you hear of the media sensations.

First up is Tobias Buckell, an author who is also commercially published, tracking sales of his self-published short story collection Tides from the New Worlds. It’s an interesting read because he charts sales and profits at several different price points, and notes what it takes to settle in at about $40/month profit. The unexpected part: he makes that profit more consistently at a higher price point. Love the graphs, too!

Karly Kirkpatrick rounds up March sales of her first ebook, noting that she met some goals this month, including making $200 profit on just under 100 sales total for the month. Her second book will be published next month, and I hope she keeps releasing her sales figures as she progresses. This is very interesting stuff.

And over at Peeling Cheeks, S.A. Huggins posted the first two months of sale data for the novel, Belvoir. Much appreciation for all authors who put their sale info out there!

I linked before to a Kindle Board topic in the Writers’ Cafe where various authors have been tracking their sales, in some cases for over a year now. I wanted to add a link to a different thread, the one sale a day support group, which includes some folks who haven’t yet made even that lofty level of sales as well as some folks whose sales have increased over time. The Writers’ Cafe is a pretty supportive place for authors at any level of sales.

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2 Responses to More on sales

  1. S.A. Huggins says:


    I am happy to share my sales data, as mediocre as they are. I know it will sound like a cliche when I say this…but, I’ve wanted to write for a long time.

    It’s really interesting, though. I’m finding that so many little things about this process bring me happiness, like when people find my blog, read my book, post comments, buy my book, post reviews, and on and on. It’s really nice to get these pick-me-ups when you aren’t expecting them.

    Oh, and I know a lot of people follow J.A. Konrath. I began reading his blog in 2009 when I first started writing Belvoir. I was in agreement with him when he was saying that writers should try the traditional route first. But then the publishing market changed, and so did a lot of peoples’ minds about traditional and self-publishing. It’s hard work. But nothing truly worth having and being appreciated comes easily.


  2. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for that, Shelia, and it’s wonderful to hear about your experience. Keep writing, and I hope it always continues to enrich your life.

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