A month of being ‘wide’

So, you may recall I took Space Rogues and went wide at the beginning of June, ‘how’s that been going?’ you ask?

Well, it’s going OK-ish. 

The biggest ‘downside’ of going wide is losing access to Kindle Unlimited. KU is a hot mess to be sure, scammers are winning while honest indies are losing. Amazon knows and well, says they care, but I don’t think they do. Even though, the page reads were a nice boost month-to-month.


Here I am, almost to the end of June, and sales are, well, ok. Not “Oh my God, I’ve made it” But certainly not horrible (but close). Part of going wide is that I can offer Space Rogues 1 at $.99 to (I hope) encourage folks to read through to Space Rogues 2 (and beyond!) So there’s some slow burn action at play, that I’m hoping bears out. Additionally, I set Space Rogues 2 to go live on the other platforms Jue 29th, with pre-orders open starting the first of June. Calculated risk, I’m hoping at least a few folks will finish book 1 and want to grab book 2. We’ll see.

Where was I? Oh, how has being wide been?

The Space Rogues series is available on the following platforms: Kindle, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Google Play, and iBooks. How’re they doing? Below are the sales figures for June.

Kindle: 57 Units sold (Both books)

Kobo: 1 Unit sold (Just Book 1)

B&N: 8 Units sold (Just Book 1)

Google: 0 Units sold (Just Book 1)

iBooks: 3 Units sold (Just Book 1)

Obviously, Amazon is still my biggest marketplace, but with only some nominal marketing, the other outlets are coming alive. I wasn’t sure what to expect and while not being amazing, the fact that people on those platforms are buying my work is pretty awesome! I’m hoping they all pick up as things keep going.

I’m a little surprised its B&N with the strongest showing. Just goes to show how strong that small but mighty user base is. iBooks isn’t a big surprise, I hope to see that market grow even more as I know there are folks who only read on iBooks.


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By John Wilker

I'm a science fiction writer and conference organizer. In 2017 I published my first book, 'Space Rogues', a fun Sci-Fi adventure with a fun cast of characters. I'm also the co-founder of 360|Conferences, a conference and event logistics consulting company.

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