January 10th I released three episodes in the Amelia Bennett Chronicles. They did not do as well as I had hoped but oh well. I loved writing them and any time I need a break from writing Book 2 in the Twin Moons of Andove I will write more episodes. Anyway, not only did I release 3 new titles but on the 25th I published on more platforms. The AB Chronicles are available on Kindle, Kobo, and Pubit; and Stolen Memories is available on Kindle and Kobo. January ended up being my third highest month in regards to sales, unsure how the money side is going to land since my episodes started out at $.99 then I increased the price to $1.99. So here are my sales totals for January:
Kindle .com: 12
Kindle .uk: 3
Pubit (Nook): 3
I published Stolen Memories on September 1st so I was only published for four months in 2012 and I only had one book available. For anyone that cares to see the numbers of a newbie published author who has done little to no marketing here they are:
2012 Total Sales: 79
So close to breaking triple digits! With January’s sales I’m up to 97, so I just need one person to read all the episodes in the AB Chronicles!
I publish my sales because I think it provides a nice contrast to all the articles and posts I see of authors who are selling in the hundreds and thousands. It’s possible I’m the only one who can barely break 10 sales in a month somehow I doubt it though.
So I finally have most of my books on multiple platforms. Over the weekend I was able to upload the Amelia Bennett Chronicles on Pubit and Kobo. I was also able to get Stolen Memories on Kobo, because of the many format changes when I first wrote it getting it uploaded on Pubit is going to take some work I am not qualified to do. Thankfully I have a big strong man who knows some HTML and happens to be the King of the Internet so I should be good. Once he actually gets down to doing it. I still plan on getting them all uploaded to Smashwords but I’m happy with the dent I’ve made in expanding to new platforms.
Out of the three platforms I’ve uploaded to now by far the easiest was Kobo. I really liked their layout, they also converted my .doc to an .epub and that made uploading to Pubit so much easier. The only part about Kobo that was difficult was coming up with a publisher name. I finally decided on “Top of the Mountain” with no publishing at the end.
Pubit will hold a special place in my heart just because the day after I uploaded someone purchased all three of my Amelia Bennett Episodes. So far, over all platforms, the only people to have purchased these have been myself, my mother, and my sister. So the fact that someone purchased them was pretty awesome to me. If they had been the first thing I’d published I think I might have been crushed by how they are selling; but I’ve grown a thicker skin and realize that while I loved writing them they aren’t what everyone is looking for.
Now that my books are available for more people to download I’m back to working on Book 2, I have a fan that keeps asking when it will be out and I can’t let her down
Anyone who has read my blog for a while knows that I have problems with titles. I changed the title of Stolen Memories something like four times, I struggled with the title of my first episode, and now I am having difficulties figuring out what to call my publishing company. I can’t publish on Kobo without a name for my publishing company, so of course I can’t think of anything. My sister recommended Top of the Mountain Publishing, but when I googled the name it looks like it’s already in use though nothing has been copyrighted. A friend from work told me simple was best and to just use Mountain Publishing. My husband isn’t fond of any of the names pitched yet but responded enthusiastically to Bad Mountain. All I know is that I want Mountain in the name. I’m tempted to just use Mountain and get it over with.
I posted on Facebook to see if anyone would respond with suggestions but other than my sister and one like for Mountain Peak Publishing I didn’t get anything. I’m still thinking about it but until I find a name I can live with for a long time I won’t be uploading my books on Kobo or Pubit! for that matter since if I don’t have a publisher name they will use my name. Stupid titles. I don’t have problems with naming my characters, why do I have such problems with titles?
If anyone has a suggestion I’m all ears.
I’ve been working on a page of Self-Publishing resources, just links to things I’ve used or found helpful. My blog is mainly about my journey through self-publishing and all the mistakes and things I’ve done, but I thought it might also be useful to post links to where I was getting my information. I have many folders, spread across several computers, of websites I’ve visited and liked, or need to go back and read more, or even just cover artists I hope to one day be able to afford. It would be nice if I had them all in one place and at the same time I can share them with people who read my blog. It’s a messy page, for now, and will end up being reformatted, things moved around as it grows larger, but it’s serving its purpose for now.
Well I’ve been gone for less than a month and while I haven’t gotten everything done that I said I was I don’t feel like everything is crashing down on top of me. The wonderful thing about self-publishing is that I can do things at my own pace. So I don’t have everything up on any other platforms but I do now have Episodes 1, 2, and 3 of the Amelia Bennett Chronicles published on kindle. I have a long list of things that I need to get done and I will get to them but I’m going to cut back on the pressure I’m putting on myself. As much as I would love to be a full-time writer the truth is right now I’m not. This week I put in 40 hours at my “real” job and another 16-18 hours working on writing and publishing. That’s nowhere near what I’ve read some people are doing but that’s enough for me for now.
**Update on The Amelia Bennett Chronicles**
Episodes 1, 2, and 3 are published and live as of 01/11/2013 on the kindle platform. It took longer than expected because the holidays slowed down my editor. Instead of the mid to late December she said in her original email she wasn’t able to get to me until last week. I would have loved to have them up at Christmas, and I spent a ton of time checking my email over the holiday just waiting for her, but since I hadn’t scheduled a spot and she was fitting me around other projects I can’t complain. She was amazing! It was so awesome to have someone go in and put the commas and semicolons where they needed to be and catch misspellings of words that are real words that Office didn’t catch. It was a thrill. She even wrote little comments telling me she liked certain spots which was even awesomer (she would edit out this word).
***Update on Book 2 of the Twin Moons of Andove***
I was able to get another couple thousand words written on this. I’m not yet back to the point I was at when I started my rewrites but I’m getting there. I did write out a detailed outline for this book and a rough outline of the one after it. I’ve been feeling really inspired to write on this but haven’t been able to because of the AB Chronicles. Now that the first batch of those episodes are out I can bring my focus back. For now though I do not have a deadline, though I would love to have it published first quarter of the year. We will see.
This is later than I have been doing but here are my stats:
Stolen Memories sold seven books at .com and one book at .co.uk
So not as good as my best month but not my worst month. I’m really curious to see my numbers next month.
Until next time, have a great weekend!
I’m going to take a break from the internet. So no Facebook, no blogging, I’m even going to stay off of kindleboards. I’ve been spending so much time on the internet that I’m not getting as much done as I should be. I need to finish writing, I need to come up with a business plan, I need to come up with a brand, I need to get my book(s) up on all the platforms I can, I need to research all of that too. All of that combined with working my normal full time job and everything else in life means that I need to cut something out. I’ve already cut out almost all of my TV watching and I haven’t been reading much which I actually should be doing the only other thing I can cut out is the internet. So I’m going to make like it’s the 90s and only use the internet for email. Right now I’m planning on less than a month, it all depends on how long it takes me to catch up on everything I need to be caught up on. If you need/want to contact me my email address is email@example.com
I hope everyone has a beautiful holiday season!
So after just posting the question of whether or not I should upload my books to other formats before or after I’ve gotten some editing done there are two blog posts by authors I respect saying get your work on everything possible as soon as possible. So right now I am reading up on how to upload to Kobo and Barnes and Noble (pubit!). My husband uploads apps to Apple for a living so I’m going to see if he can look into that for me. I seriously doubt if I will get this done by the end of the month, there is just too much going on in my non-writing life to be able to get done all that I want to and need to with my writing. One thing’s for sure I won’t be able to afford edits on Stolen Memories until February at the earliest. I want to get the edits back from AB Chronicles before I set up a time for SM to be edited. It might come down to getting edits done on Book 2 before I can get professional edits done on SM, maybe I can read through it again and catch some things that I’ve missed. Publishing is an expensive hobby/career.
When I think back to just six months ago I’ve learned so much about publishing. I use to think that writing was the hard part, if I could only finish writing a book doing everything else would be a breeze. It’s amazing how much I didn’t know. I was sure I knew what I was doing dreaming about becoming a successful author. I knew nothing. At least it gives me something to laugh at while I try to figure out my cover art and how I should word my mailing list sign up sheet.
I’ve never thought of myself as someone who jumps into something blindly, we studied cars for well over a year and spent several weekends test driving before we finally made a decision. When we moved to a different apartment we started looking 6 months before we could even give notice on our lease, I had an excel spreadsheet with all the information about each apartment we’d been to. Occasionally we will make quick decisions, but that’s life, sometimes you have no choice in the matter. With publishing it was something I had wanted to do for years, but when I felt traditional was my only option I didn’t put forth much effort. I wrote down ideas and started plenty of things, but I never finished any of them because it seemed so hopeless. When I started hearing more and more about how popular Indie publishing was becoming and how eReader’s were making an audience available that hadn’t been before it all of a sudden became an obtainable dream. It was no longer on the level of winning the lottery. I would be able to publish, I may not sell anything, but it would still be out there for people to find.
When I started writing I chose a genre that I had read a lot in and I thought I could do well with. Halfway through I started looking into what else exactly I needed before I could publish. There was cover art, formatting, social media, website, editing, so many things that I had never given much thought to, some I wasn’t even aware of. Finishing something was supposed to be the only hurdle and it turned out to just be the first in a long line. Here I am 3 months after publishing SM and I’m still working on it, still have plans for it. Maybe everyone who goes into self-publishing isn’t as unprepared as I was, but just in case know that you are not alone.