Adventures in Epublishing: My First Year of Publishing

So I've made it. One FULL year as a published author. It's been an exciting year for me, for sure. I'll try to recap the year in numbers for you.

On November 1st, 2010, I published my first book, Into the Shadows, in both ebook and paperback format.

To date, it's sold a respectable 866 copies. I was hoping to hit 1,000 copies sold, but Into the Shadows was also free for most of September and part of October, which obviously cut into its sales. As a free download, it was downloaded 27,504 times. As a result, it hit the top of both its categories and also made it into the top 100 downloaded free ebooks on all of Amazon.

My second book, Bloody Little Secrets, was released in May, 2011. To date, I've sold 349 copies, most of them ebooks at the higher price point of $3.49.

So in total, I've sold 1,215 copies of my 2 titles. Not bad for one year.

Both books are available around the world and have also made their way into numerous libraries around the country.

On both books I've had numerous great reviews on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Goodreads.

For those of you interested in the dollar amounts, I am bringing in at least $200 every month. I'm not making millions, but that adds up to a nice vacation, or some extra help with monthly bills.

In January of 2011, I started DarkSide Publishing with Megg Jensen and G.P Ching. Combined, our group, which has two additional authors in Angela Carlie and Magan Vernon, has sold over 5,000 copies and had nearly 40,000 copies downloaded for free. I look at my success not only based on my numbers, but on those of our group. We work together and celebrate our successes together. I couldn't ask for a better combination.

After one year, I'm definitely living the dream. Writing and working with other fantastic writers, finding readers, and making money. It's everything I wanted. It only gets better from here.


  1. Sounds like success to me with much more to come. Have you found by joining up with two other authors to publish under the same label has helped with sales?

  2. So proud of and happy for you Karly!! Rock on. :)

  3. Thanks guys! SB, I totally believe our successes are from working together. Not that authors can't achieve success on their own, but we have a team that works together not only on publishing but also promotions. That allows us to reach so many more people.

  4. I really liked Into the Shadows and I was wondering if you are working on a follow up. I am dying to see what happens next!

  5. Thanks Jill! I am working on the sequel, which is titled Darkness Rising. I'm hoping to have something later this winter!


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