Thursday, October 7, 2010

Progress report

I’ve sold 8 copies since publishing last Thursday, minus one that was refunded, for a total of 7. One sale was my own, so I’ve had 6 real sales. That’s almost 1 a day. I’m pleased with that.
What’s interesting is that I got all the way down to #8627 on the Amazon Kindle Best Seller rankings (that’s out of 700,000). Looks like you don’t need many sales to get close to the top 1%.
I’m also up to #34 in the Books>Science Fiction & Fantasy>Science Fiction>Anthologies category.
I haven’t spent any money on advertising or marketing. I’ve only posted on Kindle Boards and JA Konrath’s blog.
So, all in all, I’m pretty pleased with my first week’s results. If I can get to 30 sales in the first month, that’ll be sweet.
I’ve put in almost 6 hours of cleanup writing this week. I’m now 72% ready for handing off to editing. I’ll have to cram a bunch of work in this weekend to be ready for Monday’s handoff to Joel my editor. I just went through one of the major action sequences in the book and still enjoy it. That’s always good.


  1. That's great news. I am part way through Gift Horse - got sidetracked by Dracula's, but I am enjoying your writing.

  2. Thanks, Sean! I started Draculas, but it's just not my cup of tea. I'm not much of a gore fan. But, I expect that Konrath and the others will clean up with it!

  3. I'm not surprised if most of those 700,000 books sell less than one book a day. One book a day is quite a lot, if you think about. I buy strange and musty non-fiction books that probably sell one copy every six months. Often they have neither a picture nor a single review.

    I like to keep this in my when naysayers tell indie publishers that there's no way to get the attention of buyers in a pile of 700,000 books. Most of those are not your competition. And people who do buy your immediate competition are the most likely to see a picture of your book pop up somewhere on the Amazon page.