Business

An Update on Being “Wide”

For those following along at home, I’ve been selling Space Rogues “Wide” since the middle-ish of last year. There’s a myriad reasons, but mostly I dislike my eggs in one basket, and even more dislike the zero sum game that is Kindle Unlimited. So, I’m wide. That means you can get the Space Rogues series on Kindle, Kobo, Nook, Apple Books, and Google books. As well as in print anywhere you can request books (bookstores and libraries). So, how’s that going? Quite well actually. Amazon is of course still the bulk of my sales, but not all. This pie chart is 2019 only, because I’ve begun tracking my weekly sales in a spreadsheet, and calculating the breakdown sales by store weekly from that data. Last week Amazon was 87%, at…

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Writing, a year in review

One of these years, this post will be from the perspective of “The Year I Made My Entire Income From Writing” This year isn’t that year, but it’s a good stepping stone toward that goal. This is the first full year with more than one book out, so I have more data, and (yay!) more income. Books First of all, how many books are ‘live’ now? Four, well like three and a half. Space Rogues (1) Merry Garthflak, Wil (Short story) Space Rogues 2: Big Ship, Lots of Guns Space Rogues 3: The Behemoth Job Book 3 didn’t go live until a few days ago, so the bulk of the money and points in this post are primarily around books 1 & 2. Book 1 didn’t go wide until June…

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My First BookBub Deal!

I realized I never mentioned this. I got a BookBub (BB from here out)! If that name means nothing to you, you should sign up if you like getting great deals on books. They’re basically the big dog of book promo sites. Getting a BB is a big deal, getting rejected is a badge of honor among indie authors. There are two types of BB deals, free and discounted. Within those, there’s also international and US only. I got a free book, international deal. When you apply for your deal, one of the questions is are your dates flexible? Since I was applying on a lark, as I hadn’t in a few months, and now had two books, I checked, ‘yes’. I got the deal. After spinning around in my chair…

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