As 2012 came to a close, I witnessed a nice increase in sales– not much from my own ebooks, but rather from my friend’s own Kindle publishing journey. It’s logical to believe that the holiday rush had contributed to these higher figures, and maybe that’s true. However, it’s hard to pinpoint the exact source for her success, since I had recently written over 20 new stories for her ebook accounts and published several bundles along the way. I hope her increase in book sales was mostly due to such efforts; otherwise these figures might gradually decrease now that the holiday rush is over. For now, only time will tell.
In any case, we are still pretty pleased with the outcome, despite my friend earning less money than she did in November. This blog post is pretty short, but it goes to show that some determination can indeed increase your monthly sales. As obvious as this may sound, unfortunately it’s not something that many of us put into practice– myself included.
My Income Report:
Amazon Net Units Sold: 118
B&N Net Units Sold: 124
Total Income (Approximate) $330
My Friend’s Income Report:
Amazon Net Units Sold: 507
B&N Net Units Sold: 113
Total Income (Approximate): $500
Observations: For whatever reason, it seems that B&N is really falling behind compared to Kindle publishing/Amazon. Granted, Amazon has more popularity overall, but still, the difference in net units is astounding. To contradict this, I had recently written a few books for my dad, which he published on both websites. To my surprise, his Amazon sales pale next to his B&N figures, as roughly 80% of his earnings come from B&N.
Therefore, it is important to publish your books everywhere you can, since you really have nothing to lose. That reminds me to publish my own books on Smashwords, which for some odd reason I haven’t done yet. Yeah, I can be a hell of a procrastinator at times– even when I know what I’m potentially missing out on.
I hope you take this year as a new opportunity to get some things out of the way, much in the same way that I’ll have my books available on Smashwords this week, ahem. Most importantly, keep your determination in check! It works wonders, I promise!