Cameron Chapman

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Transparency in Indie Publishing Month 4

Wow, hard to believe it’s already June! The spring has just flown by for me, partly because I’ve been so busy working on The Smashing Idea Book. That’s just about wrapped up now (still some permissions to be worked out and proofs, of course), and I’m looking forward to new projects. Book 3 of The Steam and Steel Chronicles has unfortunately been on the back burner for awhile now, though hopefully I won’t be too terribly late getting that out. I know I promised late June/early July, but at this point I think late summer is more realistic. I’d rather not rush it and turn out a book that people love, rather than try to hurry to meet my self-imposed deadline and put out a book readers don’t enjoy.

Anyway, on to the sales figures for May!

I briefly made it into the top 60 books in Historical Fantasy on Amazon US, and have been off and on the list on a pretty regular basis all month. I’d love to get into the top 50 and then stay there consistently.

I didn’t reach my sales goal of 120 copies sold this month. I did do a lot better than last month, though, so I’m not too disappointed. Here are the numbers:

Aboard the Unstoppable Aerostat Fenris

  • Amazon US: 52 (last month was 34)
  • Amazon UK: 6 (last month was 5)
  • Barnes & Noble: 9 (same as last month)
  • Smashwords: 0 (last month was 3)
  • TOTAL: 64 (last month was 49, so I’m up roughly 30%)

The Great Healion Race

  • Amazon US: 24 (last month was 15)
  • Amazon UK: 3 (last month was 1)
  • Barnes & Noble: 1 (last month was 3)
  • Smashwords: 0 (same as last month)
  • TOTAL: 28 (last month was 19, so up by almost 50%)

So overall I sold 92 copies between the two books, compared to last month’s 68 books. Not too bad overall. Here’s the running total for how many I’ve sold overall:

Aboard the Unstoppable Aerostat Fenris: 157

The Great Healion Race: 52

Now, the first number is significant because this month I passed the 100 book mark for ATUAF. That’s one of the typical arguments against self-publishing, that self-published books usually don’t sell more than 100 copies. I did so in four months. And considering TGHR has only been out for about two months, I think I’ll surpass the 100 book mark on that by the fourth month, too.

As far as marketing goes this month, I’ve done virtually nothing. I did get another Amazon review on ATUAF (a 3-star), and I think my sales might have dropped a little bit after that, but I’m not sure. If you’ve read either book, I’d absolutely love it if you’d put an honest review up on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, or Goodreads. I think reviews really do help.

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2 Comments on Transparency in Indie Publishing Month 4

  1. Jamie DeBree
    June 1, 2011 at 1:32 pm (1052 days ago)

    Hey thanks for sharing…and congrats on the uptick! Here’s to another step up next month. :-)

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