I'm excited to report that so far, February has been Into the Shadows' best month ever since debuting in November 2010. While they aren't Hocking or Konrath numbers, I'm confident that in time with future books hitting the virtual shelves, as well as DarkSide Publishing flooding the shelves with books this spring, that by summer 2011, I'll be singing a different tune. And it's also promising because it's now showing growth each month.
Here's the breakdown for February:
Ebooks - 121
Amazon.com - 40
Amazon UK - 5
BarnesandNoble.com - 76
Smashwords.com - 0
Paperbacks Online - 6
Amazon.com - 5
CreateSpace.com - 1
Paperbacks (self) - 0
Total earned for the month of February: $188.87
Total copies sold February: 127
Overall Books Sold to date: 367
Overall Earned to date: $1,101.05
I am now only $58.90 short of breaking completely even on Into the Shadows, which I would expect to do halfway through March, if sales continued at the same pace. I was selling on average 3 copies a day for the month of February, although March has brought around a screeching halt. Maybe with the new iPad out in a week, we'll see a sales jump towards the end of March. The first week of February was still part of my 99 cent experiment, but only resulted in 39 sales. Which is nothing to sneeze at, but was a really crappy average. I was averaging 5.5 copies a day, which profit-wise was just covering my 1 copy a day. I would have expected to sell many more copies at that price. However, had I left the 99 cent price there longer, I may have seen different results. But ultimately I want to keep the books priced at $2.99 because in the long run I think I'll see better profits overall if I stay consistent.
Some great things about February:
I doubled my income from January ($93.53) by earning $188.87.
Ebook sales have risen for the second month in a row.
Got some great new reviews.
Was featured in two school (high school and college) newspapers.
Also, here is a list of my ebook sales so far:
November 2010: 38
December 2010: 34
January 2011: 80
February 2011: 121
Remember that November is kind of a fluke, I had 20 sales on one day for my release day contest, but only averaged 1 book every other day the rest of the month. December moved to a 1 book a day average, and then February we were up to 3 copies a day. Like I said, March has been slow so far, however, I do have 3 guest posts coming out this month and my new book will hopefully be out in another month or so. So we'll have lots more stats to look at then!