An Update on being ‘Wide’

I should be writing. Space Rogues 4 is almost done with the editor and Space Rogues 5 is about 2/3 written. But I was sitting in my office thinking about sales. I put SR4 up for Pre-Order today (Friday the 14th), so that I’d have a target. July 26th is the day.

So I was uploading placeholder files to those stores that require them and thinking about my sales across the ebook ecosystem.

Things have continue to change.

While Amazon is still crushing the competition, they’re collectively nipping at Bezo’s heels more and more each week (I calculate this chart every Monday). Individually none are even close to 10% yet, but together they’re Voltron’ing their way into that Amazon pie.

Given Barnes & Noble’s cut, I’m very curious to see what their acquisition means to authors.

I’d love to see more AppleBooks sales, especially as I know so many Apple people, but not sure if it’s just truly not a big platform (seems hard to imagine given the die-hardness of many Apple fans) or if SciFi isn’t big, or maybe Apple folks don’t like fun fast SciFi? shrug.

I don’t know if this is interesting to anyone else, but I find it neat to see the numbers shift. I’ve been devoting more ad money and effort into the other stores. Until things change on Amazon with Kindle Unlimited (Unfair rank boosts) it’s hard to compete.

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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