I thought it may be useful and illuminating if I released sales figures for my books (predominantly Powerless) for 2013. There are already some authors who do this, notably J.A. Konrath who has been blogging about his self-publishing efforts for many years, providing an illuminating insight into the whole scene. My sales figures are a thimble of tea in an ocean compared to his, but may be a useful comparison for those thinking of dipping their toes in the same waters and looking for some more information.
I’m going to do two posts – one just the numbers and relevant info, and another based on my thoughts on them, what I did right and wrong, and what I’m planning for 2014.
Powerless is a niche book inside a niche – a superhero novel in the SF/Fantasy genre – so I was never expecting to be sharing column space next to Dan Brown. My sales expectations were modest and I remain so, but overall I’m pleased to have sold any copies of my first published book with no experience and little advertising.
A note on the figures below: these are total sales including various price points as I experimented during the year. See my follow-up post for more detail on the advertising and prices.
Powerless sales figures (ebooks):
- Amazon UK – 283
- Amazon US – 36
- Amazon DE – 2
- Amazon ES – 1
- Smashwords – 4 paid, 61 free voucher
- Barnes & Noble / Nook ( Via Smashwords ) – 6 -> [Thanks to whoever gave me the brilliant five star review on the Nook website btw, much appreciated!]
- Kobo ( ” ) – 1
- Apple ( ” ) – 1
- Google Play – 1
Powerless sales figures (print):
- Amazon US (Createspace) – 4
- Amazon UK ( ” ) – 5
- Birmingham ComicCon – 17
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284 via Smashwords, with 591 downloads to date. Breakdown follows:
- Smashwords direct – 151
- Sony eReader – 84 -> [They sold at least this many of them? Yeah, snarky comment I know, but I haven’t seen one on sale anywhere in a long time.]
- Barnes & Noble / Nook – 19
- Apple – 19 (US 6, AU 4, CA 3, GB 2, ES 1, DE 1, BR 1, HU 1) -> [I was really surprised at the worldwide spread here, but I shouldn’t be given the reach of Apple products I guess. Oh and “Hello!” to my Brazillian and Hungarian readers :)]
- Google Play – 11 (US 7, GB 3, CA 1)