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Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
« Reply #100 on: January 04, 2011, 03:35:56 AM »
Derek, that's great!! One slight correction: Mine should be in the 'over 2,500' category.
You've done a man's job, sir!  :D :D :D
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Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
« Reply #101 on: January 04, 2011, 09:35:51 AM »
Table updated.

Genre representation in list:
Paranormal 11
Romance 11
Thriller 9
Mystery 8
Fantasy 5
Science Fiction 5
Young adult 3

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Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
« Reply #102 on: January 04, 2011, 09:56:39 AM »
If we're allowed to count other stores (originally thought this was just Amazon, after all) then I easily broke the 5k mark.

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Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
« Reply #103 on: January 04, 2011, 09:57:08 AM »
LJ Sellers hit 10,000 in December with mysteries.

Lee Goldberg only has 9 or 10 self pubbed thrillers--the rest are form his publisher. He hit over 5000 in december.

Blake (spelling) Crouch hit over 2500 in december

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Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
« Reply #104 on: January 04, 2011, 11:19:46 AM »
I haven't checked this thread in a few days.  I didn't realize we were breaking it down further.  You can add me to the over 2500 group across all three books.  One is definitely over 1000 for the month, another might be (not sure because B&N numbers keep changing the numbers).  Also, I write chick lit (I guess that's humor and romance combined) and humorous mystery. I realize you're trying to standardize this so whatever genre you want to call it is fine with me :)
 
 

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Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
« Reply #105 on: January 04, 2011, 12:56:52 PM »
Robin,

Please take my name off the list. I'm doing well, but not that well. Yet.

Thanks,

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Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
« Reply #106 on: January 04, 2011, 06:03:48 PM »
Done Dave, I got your name from someone else...sorry about the confusion.
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Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
« Reply #107 on: January 04, 2011, 11:05:35 PM »
Updated again with requested changes:


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Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
« Reply #108 on: January 05, 2011, 03:25:31 AM »
This thread inspires me to finish my own book faster! Thank you!

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Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
« Reply #109 on: January 05, 2011, 08:37:47 AM »
So, with Barnes & Noble adjusting figures for December yet again last night, I have now sold 11,000 books in December (both on Amazon & B&N together - no figures for Apple, Sony, Diesel yet).

I'm just totally blown away. Now I don't feel so bad that I was turned down by the only agent who ever even read my manuscripts back in early 2010.


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Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
« Reply #110 on: January 05, 2011, 08:39:49 AM »
Updated again with requested changes:



I only have 5 titles available, not 8.

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Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
« Reply #111 on: January 05, 2011, 09:51:18 AM »
I only have 5 titles available, not 8.

Well, get busy. ;)

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Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
« Reply #112 on: January 05, 2011, 10:42:50 AM »
I've udpated the table again.

I've also blogposted about the table and charts, with some data analysis.

Check it out here: The keys to epublishing success?

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Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
« Reply #113 on: January 05, 2011, 10:52:03 AM »
I've udpated the table again.

I've also blogposted about the table and charts, with some data analysis.

Check it out here: The keys to epublishing success?

That's fascinating, Derek.  Thanks for doing that. 

More I think about it, though, more I think $1000/month club would be a better list.  Personally, if you're selling books and reaching readers, I think that's awesome, but I do wonder if focusing exclusively on number of copies sold is actually sending the wrong message to writers just getting into this game.  I actually find it more impressive if you sell 400 ebooks across all sites at 3.99 a pop ($1200) than 2000 at .99 cents ($750).

That said, I know there's all sorts of reasons why a list like that wouldn't work, the chief one being that most people get uncomfortable talking about actual money.  For some reason, even if people can figure it out, it doesn't seem quite as uncomfortable talking about books sold.

But just throwing it out there.  Maybe next month it could be a combo list at least -- 1000/1000.  For those people who want to participate, it might be an interesting lesson in the different ways to get to $1000.

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Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
« Reply #114 on: January 05, 2011, 10:53:14 AM »
Well, get busy. ;)

I am. 2 more coming out by Spring. Maybe 3 if I have the energy for another collection.

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Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
« Reply #115 on: January 05, 2011, 10:56:15 AM »
I am. 2 more coming out by Spring. Maybe 3 if I have the energy for another collection.

Wow! Good for you!! 

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Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
« Reply #116 on: January 05, 2011, 11:08:05 AM »
Wow! Those are impressive sales. Congrats, gang. Hope we can join the ranks one day.

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Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
« Reply #117 on: January 05, 2011, 11:11:36 AM »
More I think about it, though, more I think $1000/month club would be a better list.  Personally, if you're selling books and reaching readers, I think that's awesome, but I do wonder if focusing exclusively on number of copies sold is actually sending the wrong message to writers just getting into this game.  I actually find it more impressive if you sell 400 ebooks across all sites at 3.99 a pop ($1200) than 2000 at .99 cents ($750).

This is a very good point, I think.  There's a big difference between selling 1,000 at .99 cents or 1,000 at $2.99, and not just in royalties.  I see your point about people not liking to talk about money though, but I think we can get around that pretty easily by separating these lists by the price of the book.  The .99 cent superseller list, the $2.99 superseller list, and maybe another category above that for those who charge more.  I think most of us are mainly interested in the .99 cent and $2.99 price points though.

I think this list is a bit misleading with everyone lumping all their sales across multiple books into one number.  I'd rather see the books that made it individually with the author's name attached to each.
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Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
« Reply #118 on: January 05, 2011, 11:19:39 AM »
This is a very good point, I think.  There's a big difference between selling 1,000 at .99 cents or 1,000 at $2.99, and not just in royalties.  I see your point about people not liking to talk about money though, but I think we can around that pretty easily by separating these lists by the price of the book.  The .99 cent superseller list, the $2.99 superseller list, and maybe another category above that for the for those who charge more.  I think most of us are mainly interested in the .99 cent and $2.99 price points though.

I think this list is a bit misleading with everyone lumping all their sales across multiple books into one number.  I'd rather see the books that made it individually with the author's name attached to each.

Well, I'm interested in data on higher price points, most definitely.  I'm releasing my latest YA at $4.99, which is still half what S&S has my first YA book up, so we'll see how it goes.  It's started selling and I haven't even mentioned it anywhere until today, which is encouraging.

Let's see.  70% of $4.99 is $3.50.  $1000/$3.50 = 268 sales.  I know this sounds crazy to a lot of you, but getting 268 sales in a month (less than 10 a day) seems a hell of a lot easier than 3000 in a month, even considering the price points.  I dunno.  We'll see how it goes.  But my thinking on price really has flipped in the past month or so. 

And I never planned on trying to make $1000 on a single book per month.  That's way beyond my initial goals.  Even $300/month is $10,000 in three years, which seems very good considering 90% of books sold to NY these days are getting less than that for a first time advance.  And you sure aint getting your rights back in less than three years.

I realize I'm thinking out loud here . . .

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Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
« Reply #119 on: January 05, 2011, 11:33:42 AM »
Congratulations everyone! I had my best month to date December as well but my numbers are no where NEAR all these... YET.  8) I'll get there eventually you guys are all so very inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

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Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
« Reply #120 on: January 05, 2011, 11:38:37 AM »
So, with Barnes & Noble adjusting figures for December yet again last night, I have now sold 11,000 books in December (both on Amazon & B&N together - no figures for Apple, Sony, Diesel yet).

I'm just totally blown away. Now I don't feel so bad that I was turned down by the only agent who ever even read my manuscripts back in early 2010.



YAY Tina! You're amazing. Congrats. So glad we met a few months back.....
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Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
« Reply #121 on: January 05, 2011, 12:21:11 PM »
I think it's time to start whipping out rulers and measuring our sentences.
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Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
« Reply #122 on: January 05, 2011, 12:36:27 PM »
I think it's time to start whipping out rulers and measuring our sentences.

Agreed. Let's just start ranking everybody so we know who we're better than and worse than.

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Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
« Reply #123 on: January 05, 2011, 12:40:42 PM »
This is neat to read!  I'm honored to be part of so many good books!  My book, The Truth About Dating, sold about 1600 in December. 
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Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
« Reply #124 on: January 05, 2011, 01:02:05 PM »
I think this is interesting. It's great to see people recognized for their accomplishments. Enormous congratulations to everyone on the list. I also feel there's a line that can be crossed where things start to feel creepy. I don't think that's been crossed yet. But the nature of a discussion can start to change people as well as the spirit of this forum and the indie author scene.

On the one hand, I like seeing people who are doing well because they inspire me. I think it's good to encourage each other to become more professional, even just with our numbers. Selling is not a dirty word, and neither is money; I'd like to have both in massive quantities.

On the other hand, when the focus becomes sales, money, and rankings (as it has for the last month or two), it encourages more ego to enter the scene. That's almost inevitable when people start becoming more successful, but I think for most of us being a writer is really about touching other people's lives with the stories we love to tell. I don't mean to sound like a Hallmark card. I'm just saying, let's continue to stay in our hearts about all of this and remember that it's really about uplifting other people--not so much ourselves.

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