I’m back in Vancouver, a city with the following adjectives for rain in typical weather forecasts: mist, drizzle, light rain, showers, rain with snow at higher elevations, thunder showers, periods of rain, and heavy rain.
So, it’s the last day of 2010, and here are all my sales for “The Adventures of Whatley Tupper” at Amazon.com:
Take this for what it is: one person’s sales for a first book, without any previous publishing credits, contacts or experience. I’ve learned a fair number of things over these last four months (crap, it’s only been 4 months! It feels so much longer since I discovered Amazon’s DTP) but I most certainly have a hell of a lot more to learn.
Some points of interest labeled on the graph…
A: This was my first 99 cent sale, which lasted an entire week (in general, the standard price has been $2.99 otherwise)
B: This was my KND daily sponsorship on October 8th. One look at this graph explains why I am such a fervent supporter of this.
C: My feature on DailyCheapReads.com, followed by a customer discussion at Amazon.com where a reader, who discovered the book at DailyCheapReads liked the book and started a thread which had postings for several days.
D: My second 99 cent sale, which only lasted 3 days in mid-November.
E: The days after Christmas, in which I’ve noticed a slight uptick in the rate if sales, from just under an average of 1 a day to more than 1 a day. Although, it’s only been a week, so it’s far too early to tell if this will last.
Notice, unfortunately, that I had a KindleBoards book of the day, between C and D, which doesn’t really show on the graph.
So, take what you will from this data. If you’re in the same situation that I was back in the summer (an unpublished author, completely ignorant to the world of epublishing), then perhaps you can make your own judgments about what worked and what didn’t.
And have a happy new year. I have several promotions for “The Adventures of Whatley Tupper” set up for January, and I’ll detail them throughout the month.