Well, Stuart Ayris has bravely made his sales for Tollesbury Time Forever available on his blog at http://tollesburytimeforever.blogspot.co.uk, so I’d thought I’d do the same for my debut novel…
My first ideas for The Serpent in the Glass began right back in 1997. Around 2003-2006 I received a number of rejection slips (including one for the agency that had signed up J.K. Rowling) from publishers/agencies. Then, in 2010, a friend showed me an ereader, but I didn’t think much of self-publishing back then, though it did stick in the back of my mind. Then, fed up with postage and rejection slips, I reworked my children’s novel for the Kindle and published it at the end of 2011. I only made about 10 sales per month (and a few of those were to people I personally knew) in November and December, but it was thrilling to see it on Amazon.
Since then I’ve released a second and a (final) third edition of the book, as well as a paperback version. Below I chart how my book fared in 2012 on the Kindle. The Serpent in the Glass isn’t currently available on other digital platforms because it is enrolled in the Amazon KDP Select program. Although I have made some paperback sales, they are small and thus not included here (and, to be honest, I’m not quite sure how to get at all that data anyway!).
Kindle ebook sales (and borrows) of The Serpent in the Glass during 2012
- Jan: 70 (11)
- Feb: 65 (33)
- Mar: 1217 (288)
- Apr: 219 (48)
- May: 56 (22)
- Jun: 42 (12)
- Jul: 47 (16)
- Aug: 39 (9)
- Sep: 30 (5)
- Oct: 21 (10)
- Nov: 20 (8)
- Dec: 169 (380)
Total: 1995 sales (842 borrows) with a breakdown split of US 1584 (833) & UK 411 (9)
(sales through other sites, chiefly Germany, have been negligible and perhaps add 10 or so to the total, so I got a little over 2000 Kindle sales in 2012)
As for ratings:
You can read the actual reviews here:
A big “thank you” to all who’ve supported me in my first year! I hope to have 2-3 new releases out in the first quarter of 2013 — and I may yet start that sequel to The Serpent in the Glass!!!