I sell my fiction only on Amazon but my non-fic, I sell not only through Amazon but on my own website, through Facebook (though I have never sold even one), through an education marketplace (Teachers Pay Teachers), and Google Play (almost nothing sells there).
I did a poll a few weeks ago to find out where you-all sell your books and which outlet does the best for you. Here are the results (sorry for the blurriness–the charts didn’t transfer well for me):
Where you sell your books
Which is the best for sales
Here are the comments added by authors:
- Bookstores are still a good place to sell your books
- I have had good sales on Kindle Daily Nation for YA. A week long campaign where my Amazon rating went to #33 for YA Science Fiction. I sell approximately 17-20 books on a two day weekend at local book fairs.
- I sell most of my books through Amazon, so that would be the best place to sell them. But, I make most money when I sell them in person, so financially, that’s the best method. Not sure what selling books via Facebook or social media means. With ads? I “promote” Plunge on social media in posts and groups, but I have no idea how many sold that way as I send potential readers to Amazon to buy them.
- Some people don’t have a Kindle, so Smashwords is a good alternative option.
- for Grief Songs, I’m going with Ingram for wide distribution.
- I don’t make huge sales on the outlets other than Amazon, but enough to make it worth publishing with them. I tried Google Play, wasn’t worth the effort
- I sell most of my books on Amazon once the “launch” is over, but my publisher did a “pre-order” for my latest book – FLASHES OF LIFE – and we sold more with that promotion than any other place. Another place I’ve sold more books than Amazon is when I give a talk at a book club, and the participants all buy my book first (I did this for my two novels). Oh, and a neighborhood get-together about my children’s books was another big seller. I’m not sure how many books I sell from blog followers, since they buy the book on Amazon.
- Book Promotion Sites help me sell far more books than I do in a normal month without promotion. Most of the time, I make a small profit after paying the fee, but it depends on the site and perhaps the time of year.
A few surprises for me:
- Yes, for Indie authors, Amazon owns the market. But, I was happily surprised that B&N.com did better than other online outlets. I had a lot of trouble with them about a decade ago, gave up. Maybe I should give them another try.
- In-person surprised me. I do none of that and you-all are telling me I should spend time there. I’ve read anecdotal stories of success at presentations and readings but never took action.
- Social media like Facebook garnered 20%. I don’t think I sell anything on my FB store. That was an interesting statistic.
- Google Play–I’d just about given up on that. I’ve tried several times to rejuvenate my store there with no results. I’m glad it is working for others.
How about you? Did you see any surprises?
Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular prehistoric fiction saga, Man vs. Nature which explores seminal events in man’s evolution one trilogy at a time. She is also the author of the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers and Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. Her non-fiction includes over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, reviews as an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Natural Selection, Winter 2022.