4th December 2013 / geraldine / Comments Off on All about the indie life v traditional publishing: See my article on the storyreadingapesblog
I wrote an article about my experiences both before and after I took up the indie author lifestyle for thestoryreadingapesblog. I enjoyed writing it and I’ve had some lovely, appreciative comments for my honesty (Rafferty’s family wouldn’t be impressed!). If you’re contemplating the indie life yourself, you could do worse than take a look. Here’s the link:
Have you got an ebook experiment going on? I have. My sales figures were very small when I started at the end of2010, but they’ve improved with each month and February’s sales figures were 216 in total across my two ebooks. March is shaping up to be even higher. The high February figures are understandable because I did a 17-date Blog Tour during the month. But I’ve done nothing this month, yet the figures are on a par or higher, which is very encouraging.
I find Dead Before Morning has better sales than Down Among the Dead Men. I believe this is down to the book cover because DBM is much more striking than DADM. I think I’ll have to consider changing the cove of the latter.
As part of my ebook experiment, I changed the price of both my ebooks from $2.l99 / 2.12 to 99c / 71p for a month. The sales difference was marked. I sold twice as many books at the lower price. But I was also considering the earnings aspect and even with half the sales my books earned me more money at the higher price. Three times more money, so although I’ll probably do a 99c / 71p cheap Introductory Offer on Death Line, which is my third ebook (out later this month) and hope to make more sales on the other two books off the back of the new one, I’m not going to lower the price of the first two.
But it’s been an interesting experiment, one which will continue as long as I have ebooks up for sale. There are a lot of us experimenters out there, each of us no doubt astonished at how well we’re doing. Okay, most of us aren’t coming anywhere near Konrath’s figures, which are stellar, but I’m pretty happy. More sales would be nice, of course, as more always is. But considering I’m a little-known midlister, I can’t complain.
I’ve got another experiment coming inApril when, on 13/14, I’ll get a mention in Kindle Nation Daily. This is a first for me. It’ll be interesting to see if there’s a hike in sales.
So how are your ebook experiments going? Leave a comment and let us know. It would be good to compare notes.