Last week, I posted on how I doubled my book sales. What I didn’t cover in
detail was how much money I was talking about or where it came from.
Then, I ran into Joe’s post on his ebook sales:
As of 11pm March 31, I made over $4200 on Kindle this month. That’s over 5850 ebooks sold in just under four and a half weeks.
Here’s the screen
I’m pretty surprised by this number. And it has lead me to some startling conclusions.
Back in October, I looked at my ebook sales and said I’d never sell a book to a publisher for less than $30,000.
I’ve revised that a bit. I added a “1”. My new number is $130,000. (read more on ebook sales)
Now, my sales are less than Joe’s, though I aspire to his success. I’ll keep the exact number a secret for a while–keep you coming back. What I will share is where my sales come from. Because I sell non-fiction, heavy in graphics and tables, they don’t translate well into ebooks. I’m working on that. My digital books are all pdf’s, with the exception of two Kindle books I sold before I decided the appearance was less than preferable.
Here’s the breakdown:
Teachers Pay Teachers—4%
Here’s the breakdown between hardcopy and digital:
Bestsellers across both platforms are:
Building a Midshipman–43%
5th Grade Technology—-12%
The good news is I have huge upside potential in the most dynamic part of the publishing market–as soon as I figure out how to harness it. I’m working on that. I have some ideas I’ll share with you this summer.
More good news–Google Books will start selling hard cover and digital books soon. I’m ready and excited about this potentially massive influx of visibility. Where lots of people may never have heard of TPT or Scribd, everyone knows about Google.
Now, I’m not at the ‘holy sh*t’ level that Joe is, but I know this much: That light at the end of the tunnel isn’t a train.
And writing beats hitting golf balls into sand traps.