Now that I've published my first collection, it's time to evaluate my ePublishing. 1) I started the process in January with 3 stories, and then about 1/month since then, so I had 7 stories posted by June 7th on the 3 services. 2) I priced my stories based on word count: 3 at $.99, 2 at $1.99, and 2 at $2.99 3) I've made so little sales, a statistic about the price difference vs. sales is meaningless: I've sold the following quantities / market: Amazon: 2 PubIt!: 3 Smashwords: 2 Kobo (Canada via Smashwords): 2 (I am behind 1 month on sales figures for the retail partners Smashwords is using) 4) My current royalties are at $6 - a pitiful seeming amount, except it's all the money I've made on my writing, so it's a plus. (FYI - This is $1 more than the $5 I made during my instrumental "career" - my next goal is to pass the $25 I made during my acting "career") 5) I've done no special advertising or promotions - only posted here and my facebook page (and I have almost NO friends :-) 6) Out of my 9 sales, I've had one review (4 out of 5 stars for "Quiet!") 7) An observation - each time I publish something new, traffic (page and sample downloads) increase for ALL my publications
As Dean Wesley Smith (and others) have advised, I'm in it for the long haul. I am trying to maintain the following schedule (and having a schedule DOES help with my output): - write 10 stories / year - keep stories circulating to publishers for as long as possible (professional pay scale only) - ePublish something (a story or collection) every 4 weeks - publish a collection when either 5 stories or 15,000 words Just keep plugging away...
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Dean has good advice. I wish I had your productivity, NoTime. So far I've made 8 confirmed sales - 3 to Kobo, 1 to Barnes and Noble, 1 to Smashwords, and 3 to Kindle. Kobo shows I've sold more. On their site I have one with two ratings, one with 10 ratings, and one with 8 ratings. Unless its some sort of glitch, I expect my sales report to grow dramatically. We'll see. Still slow going, but I'm having alot of fun, anyway.