The End of November

Since I’m not updating my sales into Excel on a daily basis anymore, I can’t give a valid graph showing new sales anymore.  But, here’s my total sales on “The Adventures of Whatley Tupper” after a little more than three months:

Just a few shy of 250.  It’s actually over 250 if you include Amazon UK and Smashwords, but I’ll probably never actually get paid from either of those (especially Amazon UK–one has to break $100 USD to get a cheque mailed, separate from the Amazon US account, so that will probably take a few years).   The last boost in sales was my 4 day 99 cent sale that garnered a little bit of attention at the Amazon Community Discussions.   Since then, quite slow.  I still can’t seem to get past the just-under-one-a-day-average.  It’s been selling at that pace since the beginning of September, but that said, I’m also putting much less effort into promoting it.  The sales I’m getting are pretty much finding themselves.

So, what’s that?  250 sales in 3 months.  At this rate, I’ll break 1000 in the summer.  That sounds pretty cool, actually.  When I started this all in late August, I never thought that might be a possibility.  Of course, when I look that that awfully flat end of the graph, it makes me think that I’ll have to wait a lot more than a year.

By the way, I have “The Year We Finally Solved Everything” KND sponsorship coming up on December 7th.  Have I mentioned that before?  I could go back into my posts.  But I’m not going to.   I’ll just blather on and repeat myself like an old man.

Kindle Nation Daily UK Results

So, some 24 hours ago, my Kindle Nation Daily UK  sponsorship went online.   The results are in!  The grand total of new UK sales is…

… none. I’ve had 4 sales until now, which seems rather normal compared to my US sales, but none from the UK since the weekend.  There has been a nice little boost to my US sales in the last 24 hours, although it’s a little hard to tell exactly since in that time my book has also been featured on Indie Books Blog, as well as an interview at Kindle Author.  It’s actually rather annoying that these last two free promotions ended up timing out with my Kindle Nation UK sponsorship, since I can’t really tell what’s causing what.

Anyhow, I’m pleasantly surprised by the affect on my US sales, and I’ll see how long that lasts.  However, as it stands now, the UK sponsorship through Kindle Nation Daily seems quite overpriced.  That’s just my experience, at least.

If someone reads this who’s had better success with Kindle Nation Daily UK, please leave a comment!

Five weeks in review

So, as mentioned in my last post, I received a big boost in sales early in the week in which I attribute almost completely to an active discussion in the Amazon Customer Discussions for a few days.  Over these last few days the discussion has pretty much dried up, and the effect on sales it quite apparent:

And the effect on royalties just as obvious:

Thanks (I believe) to those discussions, I had more sales last week (especially in the first few days) than I did in the week when my book was priced at 99 cents.   Like I wrote earlier, that single discussion made a bigger impact on sales than anything else I’ve done.  But, these last few days things are quieting down.

Tomorrow (Monday), I have my paid sponsorship for Kindle Nation Daily UK.  Most of what I’ve read about the UK sponsorship leads me to believe I should count myself lucky to just get a few sales.  If this is the case, then the UK sponsorship is way overpriced.  I’ll let you know on Tuesday with a detailed post on this.   It seems that UK Kindle sales at about 1/10th of the Amazon.com site’s sales, so I guess I hope to get a whopping 5 sales from that sponsorship.   At 35% royalties, that’s… not much.  We’ll see.

About the United Kingdom

Just wanted to write a few notes about sales in the UK for Kindle books.  First of all, I’m not sure why the UK has as separate Kindle store, since the rest of the world uses the American one.  The UK site has separate reviews, prices, and bestselling rankings.  As well, authors can only ever receive 35% royalties on sales from the UK, regardless of the price.

Sales of Kindle books in the UK are clearly a lot slower than in the US site.  I’ve sold 2 books (and I feel quite lucky about that) in the UK, and I’m still around #8000 in rank.  Each time that I sold  a single copy, I jumped up below the #1000 mark.   It makes anyone feel like a fleeting big-shot.

This makes me wonder if sales for Kindle books in other countries, like Canada (where I’m living) and Australia, are equally slow.  The Kindle really seems to be an especially American phenomenon right now, they have a huge head-start on the e-reader market in the US, but not so much in the rest of the world.  I’ve never seen a Kindle in Canada, but I’ve seen many, many iPads, of course.

However, I did pay for a one-day sponsorship with the UK Kindle Nation Daily on the 27th of September.  Unlike people who say the American sponsorship has paid for itself with this, it’s virtually impossible for the UK sponsorship to do the same.  It cost $40 for a one day advertisement, and if my book is selling for the equivalent of $2.99 in pounds, then I’d have to sell around 40 copies, which apparently would make me the number one best seller in the UK, considering the slow sales.

So, why did I do it then?  Well, I do believe it’s a growth market there, and really, $40 is pretty cheap.  I’ve spent that much mailing out manuscripts to publishers in the past just to get back a rejection letter three months later.