Thursday, March 26, 2015

My Indie Book Sales Are Slipping Away

In 2013, I took my rights back from various small publishers to all but one book. I self-published them through Create Space, Amazon Kindle, Barnes and Noble Nook, Smashwords and All Romance eBooks. I had my best year ever. I was averaging one book sale every day some months. I made $800 in royalties.

In 2014, the market was deluged with plenty of authors like me, plus millions more who'd never done traditional publishing. Everyone and their daughter were flooding the e-shelves with prose. With all that competition, and only one new book released, my sales dwindled to one per week on average. I made $200 in royalties.

It's 2015. I'm averaging one sale per month. And that's with heavy promotion. Or no promotion whatsoever. It doesn't matter what I do, nobody wants my books.

Am I upset? Nope. I'll leave them available for now. But I'm no longer compulsively checking my stats twice an hour. On to the next chapter...