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Title: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month achievement (TBOM)
Post by: rsullivan9597 on January 01, 2011, 03:35:38 AM
It seems like people have liked this before so I'm going to  do it again.

Amanda Hocking*
Michael Sullivan*
J.A. Konrath*
Victorine Lieske
H.P. Mallory*
Lauren Saga
Terri Reid*
Imogen Rose
Nathan Lowell*
Ellen Fisher*
Vianka Van Bokkem
David Dalglish
Sandra Edwards
C. S. Marks
Sibel Hodge
Julie Christensen
Holly A. Hook
David McAfee
Danielle Q. Lee
Valmore Daniels
Steven L. Hawk
Edward C. Patterson
William Meikle
Maria Hooley
M. Louisa Locke
Beth Orsoff*
Eric Christopherson*
Monique Martin
Ellen O'Connell
Karen Cantwell*
Stacey Wallace Benefiel
Aaron Patterson*
B. Tackitt
Bella Andre *
Blake Crouch
David McAfee
J.R. Rain
James Swain
Karen McQuestion*
L.J. Sellers
Lee Goldberg*
Lexi Revellian
Melanie Nilles
Paul Levine
Robert Burton Robinson
Robert W. Walker
Scott Nicholson*
Simon Wood
Tina Folsom*
Zoe Winters
Chris Graham
AlexisHarrington

*An asterisk denotes more than one book that individually sold  over the 1,000 threshold (so a minimun of 2,000 sales)

Title: Re: Dec 1000 a month club
Post by: Gerald on January 01, 2011, 03:37:50 AM
This is a lovely idea. I can't be included  :'( but I'll be interested to read  ;D
Title: Re: Dec 1000 a month club
Post by: sibelhodge on January 01, 2011, 03:47:33 AM
I sold 1020! Woo hoo! Wouldn't mind being where Amanda is, though.  ;D
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: David McAfee on January 01, 2011, 04:12:06 AM
Put me down for Bronze. :)
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: MegHarris on January 01, 2011, 05:12:21 AM
I sold about 4600 total-- way better than usual.  Woot for all the new Kindles and Nooks!  I also sold around 2000 copies of one book on B&N, but it's under the pen name that I keep a deep dark secret, so I am not going to put my records out there to prove it:-).  But it's nice to be in the silver category-- maybe I'll make it to the next level up eventually!
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: karencantwell on January 01, 2011, 06:29:12 AM
Congrats, Sibel!!!   :D 
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Edward C. Patterson on January 01, 2011, 07:08:41 AM
Put me down for electrolite. Or just put me down.  ;D

Edward C. Patterson
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: williammeikle on January 01, 2011, 07:31:47 AM
It seems like people have liked this before so I'm going to  do it again - but expanded. Now we'll have categories!  Remember this is "per month" so if you just crossed the 1,000 milestone by adding up sales for several months that doesnt count...yet (you'll make it). This is total sales and can be over multiple books (for instance Michael's is over 5).  An extra little bonus...an asterisk denotes more than one book that individually sold  over the 1,000 threshold.

Diamond (> 50,000)
Amanda Hocking* (99,000)

Platnium (> 10,000)
Michael Sullivan*
J.A. Konrath*
Victorine Lieske


Gold ( > 5,000)

Silver ( > 2,500)
Nathan Lowell*
Ellen Fisher*


Bronze ( > 1,000)
C. S. Marks
Sibel Hodge
Julie Christensen
Terri Reid*
Holly A. Hook
Sandra Edwards
David McAfee


I'm in bronze, just short of silver
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: HP Mallory on January 01, 2011, 07:38:26 AM
Hi Robin!
I sold a total of 22,285 books which I think puts me in Platinum! Woo Hoo!!
Thanks for doing this!
HP
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: BTackitt on January 01, 2011, 07:38:45 AM
B&N up until December 25th:                                             1008
Amazon (rough estimate since I didn't look before closing)      3500
Amazon UK (rough estimate since I didn't look before closing)  1500
Dec Total 6008
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: HP Mallory on January 01, 2011, 07:46:16 AM
Hi Robin,
I probably should have added that each one of my books sold over 1,000 copies each for the little asterisk thing! LOL
Thanks!
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: modwitch on January 01, 2011, 08:21:05 AM
Y'all know how inspiring this is, right?  Congratulations!!
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Vianka Van Bokkem on January 01, 2011, 08:26:55 AM
My Amazon kindle book numbers are 2,488.

My B & N Nook book numbers from 12/1 to 12/29 are 324

Grand total: 2,812

That puts me in the Silver category!



Vianka Van Bokkem  ;D
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Sandra Edwards on January 01, 2011, 08:28:04 AM
I sold 2532 for December, so I think I belong in the Silver  :P

Sandy
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Gerald on January 01, 2011, 08:30:11 AM
I'm loving these stories and admiring the numbers  :o Well done, everyone.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: MosesSiregarIII on January 01, 2011, 08:33:51 AM
Put me down for electrolite. Or just put me down.  ;D

Ha!
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Valmore Daniels on January 01, 2011, 08:44:41 AM
over 1k
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Steven L. Hawk on January 01, 2011, 09:01:42 AM
1,189 for Peace Warrior.

Congrats on a great month, everyone.

Steve
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Monique on January 01, 2011, 09:11:45 AM
I love seeing all of these numbers. It's interesting and inspirational!

As an aside, and it's a small thing, but I'm not sure I like the addition of gold, bronze, etc. Those are awarded for competitions and I'd hate for us to start turning this into a competition against each other. In a similar way, I'm not a fan of any "club" idea. Clubs are exclusive and one of the things I love most about KB is that it's inclusive. I would suggest more categories for more inclusion and better tracking.

Ymmv. :)
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Sandra Edwards on January 01, 2011, 09:41:06 AM
I love seeing all of these numbers. It's interesting and inspirational!

As an aside, and it's a small thing, but I'm not sure I like the addition of gold, bronze, etc. Those are awarded for competitions and I'd hate for us to start turning this into a competition against each other. In a similar way, I'm not a fan of any "club" idea. Clubs are exclusive and one of the things I love most about KB is that it's inclusive. I would suggest more categories for more inclusion and better tracking.

Ymmv. :)

I tend to agree with Monique. I love hearing about everyone's fantastic sales numbers. It give me hope. And even though I woke up this morning and saw my name on the list (albeit in the wrong category)...I, too, am not exactly keen on the exclusivity of this notion. We're all in this together. It's not a competition...but it's kind of starting to feel that way in this thread. *sorry, don't mean to complain or cause trouble*.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Imogen Rose on January 01, 2011, 09:44:34 AM
My total for the month (all three books included) : 5723
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Edward C. Patterson on January 01, 2011, 09:48:20 AM
Thus my comment.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Imogen Rose on January 01, 2011, 09:53:44 AM
I love seeing all of these numbers. It's interesting and inspirational!

As an aside, and it's a small thing, but I'm not sure I like the addition of gold, bronze, etc. Those are awarded for competitions and I'd hate for us to start turning this into a competition against each other. In a similar way, I'm not a fan of any "club" idea. Clubs are exclusive and one of the things I love most about KB is that it's inclusive. I would suggest more categories for more inclusion and better tracking.

Ymmv. :)

I agree. Also, some of us have one book, others have multiple, so total counts really don't mean much when categorized like this.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Monique on January 01, 2011, 09:55:07 AM
Thus my comment.

Ah. Si!
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Steven L. Hawk on January 01, 2011, 10:06:30 AM
I tend to agree.  I like seeing sales numbers because it gives me an idea of what is possible.  But establishing clubs, categories and levels...  not so much.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Edward C. Patterson on January 01, 2011, 10:27:56 AM
I tend to agree.  I like seeing sales numbers because it gives me an idea of what is possible.  But establishing clubs, categories and levels...  not so much.
Yeah, it's a bit of the old traditional publishing psyche seeping in.

Ed Trotsky
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Victorine on January 01, 2011, 11:40:11 AM
To me, all of this is just for fun.  I don't take it as a negative thing.

Vicki
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Maria Hooley on January 01, 2011, 11:49:04 AM
My totals were over 2600 with at least one book selling over 1000.

One thing to keep in mind, Barnesandnoble.com is updating slowly.  I just had a slew of new sales reported for December 25 and 26th this morning so the totals for everyone selling over there is probably even higher than what they thought.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: foreverjuly on January 01, 2011, 11:49:55 AM
To me, all of this is just for fun.  I don't take it as a negative thing.

Vicki

That's because you're not being OPPRESSED!
(http://www.affordablehousinginstitute.org/blogs/us/Grail_being_repressed_small.jpg)
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Monique on January 01, 2011, 11:51:23 AM
LOL @ Jason

Sharing numbers is fun, but the way this is done feels icky to me. *shrug*
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: mlouisalocke on January 01, 2011, 12:00:50 PM
What a wonderful idea.

I had a great December, sold 1932 copies of Maids of Misfortune: A Victorian San Francisco Mystery, most of them on Kindle. :) :) :) :)javascript:void(0);

M. Louisa Locke


Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Steven L. Hawk on January 01, 2011, 12:01:16 PM
It seems like people have liked this before so I'm going to  do it again.

Amanda Hocking*
Michael Sullivan*
J.A. Konrath*
Victorine Lieske
H.P. Mallory*
Lauren Saga
Terri Reid*
Imogen Rose
Nathan Lowell*
Ellen Fisher*
Vianka Van Bokkem
David Dalglish
Sandra Edwards
C. S. Marks
Sibel Hodge
Julie Christensen
Holly A. Hook
Sandra Edwards
David McAfee
Danielle Q. Lee
Valmore Daniels
Steven L. Hawk
Edward C. Patterson
William Meikle
Steven L. Hawk


*An asterisk denotes more than one book that individually sold  over the 1,000 threshold.

Suh-weet!  I made the list twice!   ;D
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: foreverjuly on January 01, 2011, 12:04:32 PM
Suh-weet!  I made the list twice!   ;D

Jackpot! Is that your evil twin or doppleganger?
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Sandra Edwards on January 01, 2011, 12:05:33 PM
Suh-weet!  I made the list twice!   ;D

I see my name up there twice, too. lol
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Steven L. Hawk on January 01, 2011, 12:33:10 PM
Jackpot! Is that your evil twin or doppleganger?

Dude.  I actually saw my doppelganger once. 

I was at King's Dominion amusement park in Richmond, VA.  This guy and I walked by each other and both did a double take.  I could tell he was thinking the same thing I was, "That guy looks exactly like me." 

Weird experience.  Kinda wished I'd stopped him for a quick chat and a photo, but I was too freaked out at the time.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: foreverjuly on January 01, 2011, 12:36:15 PM
Dude.  I actually saw my doppelganger once. 

I was at King's Dominion amusement park in Richmond, VA.  This guy and I walked by each other and both did a double take.  I could tell he was thinking the same thing I was, "That guy looks exactly like me." 

Weird experience.  Kinda wished I'd stopped him for a quick chat and a photo, but I was too freaked out at the time.

You know, they say everybody has somebody who they look exactly alike. That's cool you bumped into him!
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Sandra Edwards on January 01, 2011, 12:44:14 PM
Dude.  I actually saw my doppelganger once. 

I was at King's Dominion amusement park in Richmond, VA.  This guy and I walked by each other and both did a double take.  I could tell he was thinking the same thing I was, "That guy looks exactly like me." 

Weird experience.  Kinda wished I'd stopped him for a quick chat and a photo, but I was too freaked out at the time.

I went to high school with mine. We could attend each others classes and the teachers were never the wiser. In fact, even when I was attending class as "me", oftentimes the teachers would still call me Anna...and the same thing would happen to her.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Edward C. Patterson on January 01, 2011, 01:42:42 PM
Long live the publetariat.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Imogen Rose on January 01, 2011, 01:59:34 PM
It seems like people have liked this before so I'm going to  do it again.

Amanda Hocking*
Michael Sullivan*
J.A. Konrath*
Victorine Lieske
H.P. Mallory*
Lauren Saga
Terri Reid*
Imogen Rose
Nathan Lowell*
Ellen Fisher*
Vianka Van Bokkem
David Dalglish
Sandra Edwards
C. S. Marks
Sibel Hodge
Julie Christensen
Holly A. Hook
David McAfee
Danielle Q. Lee
Valmore Daniels
Steven L. Hawk
Edward C. Patterson
William Meikle
Maria Hooley
M. Louisa Locke

*An asterisk denotes more than one book that individually sold  over the 1,000 threshold.

If it's just 1000 (rather than 10,000) that sold above, then PORTAL (as a single unit) did.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Holly A Hook on January 01, 2011, 03:36:03 PM
I didn't think I'd see my name on this list anytime before getting 3 or 4 more books out.  It's mostly thanks to B and N, though. 

By the way, does anyone know how to go back and check last month's sales there on Pubit?  I can't find my reports for last month anywhere.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: MegHarris on January 01, 2011, 04:19:29 PM
Quote
By the way, does anyone know how to go back and check last month's sales there on Pubit?  I can't find my reports for last month anywhere.

Holly, I think I answered that somewhere else.  PubIt's dropdown menu is currently defaulting to Dec 2011, for some reason.  Go to the dropdown menu and go to Dec 2010, and you should find your report.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: terrireid on January 01, 2011, 06:31:20 PM
Sorry - Late to the party. Thanks for doing this Robin. 
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: karencantwell on January 01, 2011, 07:21:56 PM
Holly, I think I answered that somewhere else.  PubIt's dropdown menu is currently defaulting to Dec 2011, for some reason.  Go to the dropdown menu and go to Dec 2010, and you should find your report.

None of my dropdown menus are working and never have since they went to this new report form.  ARGH!!!!   >:(
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: MegHarris on January 01, 2011, 07:25:24 PM
Weird, Karen.  Did you try another browser?  I'm using Firefox, and it seems to be working okay for the most part.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Holly A Hook on January 01, 2011, 07:51:14 PM
None of my dropdown menus are working and never have since they went to this new report form.  ARGH!!!!   >:(

Ditto.  My dropdown menu is a blank box right now, with no options whatsoever.  That's why I can't find my Dec. 2010 report (or any report, for that matter.)

Sorry to get off topic. 
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Beth O on January 01, 2011, 09:03:57 PM
Based only on my Amazon U.S. numbers, I have one book that sold over 1000 copies this month.  If we're adding in the B&N numbers too, then I *think* I have two (the B&N numbers seem to change all the time).
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: CraigInOregon on January 01, 2011, 09:28:13 PM
Hi Robin!
I sold a total of 22,285 books which I think puts me in Platinum! Woo Hoo!!
Thanks for doing this!
HP

Well done, HP. I bought two of your books. One several months ago, and one a couple days ago. (Both from the same series.)
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Eric C on January 02, 2011, 03:00:07 AM
Crack-Up sold over a thou in December.

How many more must we add to the list before we email it to the Big Six and make 'em shudder in their shoes?
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: rsullivan9597 on January 02, 2011, 12:28:57 PM
As you noticed, I got rid of the catgories since there was such an outcry. I "think" the list is up to date now - let me know if I missed you.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Staceywb on January 02, 2011, 02:28:16 PM
You can add me to the list too...like, all the way at the bottom, but I'm still on there! :)
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: karencantwell on January 02, 2011, 05:09:28 PM
Weird, Karen.  Did you try another browser?  I'm using Firefox, and it seems to be working okay for the most part.

I didn't think of the browser - I'll try Firefox and see if that helps.  Keep your fingers crossed!!!  Thanks.   :)
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: HP Mallory on January 02, 2011, 05:21:15 PM
Well done, HP. I bought two of your books. One several months ago, and one a couple days ago. (Both from the same series.)

Thanks so much, Craig! I hope you enjoy them!!!
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: foreverjuly on January 02, 2011, 05:22:15 PM
You can add me to the list too...like, all the way at the bottom, but I'm still on there! :)

Congrats, Stacey! I hear about Glimpse all over!
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: AnnetteL on January 03, 2011, 07:53:57 AM
This list gives us newbies hope! Way to go, everyone!
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Cate Rowan on January 03, 2011, 08:17:21 AM
It's a cause for celebration for any book to hit 1000/month, no matter the price. It's even more exciting to me that some on that list are priced at $2.99—or higher—and therefore have the healthy 70% royalty per copy.

Anyway, the beauty of it all is that this year, many more books will reach these consistent sales numbers. May 2011 be Indie Paradise. :D
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Archer on January 03, 2011, 08:43:09 AM
I'm a silver now.  :D
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: MosesSiregarIII on January 03, 2011, 08:56:13 AM
I'm a silver now.  :D

I keep on searching for a heart of go-o-ld ...
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: sibelhodge on January 03, 2011, 09:02:59 AM
Check out Joe Konrath's latest on this subject...

http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2011/01/response-to-richard-curtis.html
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: horse_girl on January 03, 2011, 09:07:23 AM
Ooh! Dec. 2010 was my first month selling more than 1000 kindle ebooks. Please let me in this club.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Robert Burton Robinson on January 03, 2011, 09:43:56 AM
I have been in the Bronze for several months. This month I expect to cross over into the Silver.

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Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Scott Neumyer on January 03, 2011, 09:50:39 AM
You guys and gals are KILLING it! Great job here.

Nice to see everyone and the KB itself namedropped on Joe's blog too! Kudos! :)
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: bellaandre on January 03, 2011, 09:54:18 AM
Put me down for gold (over 5k). :) And both Game for Love and Candy Store sold over a thousand in Dec. :) I'd love an asterisk too!

:) Bella
www.BellaAndre.com
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: DonnaBurgess on January 03, 2011, 10:15:09 AM
I'm a newbie--my novel has been out about 2 weeks, but these post are truly inspiring!  I'm looking forward to what 2011 holds.  Congratulations to you all!
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Lexi Revellian on January 03, 2011, 11:06:41 AM
Hi, my novel Remix sold 4,278 copies in December, mostly in the UK where it's spent 82 days in the Kindle top 100 chart.

I've only published one book so far (am looking forward to finishing the WIP and getting it out there).

Lexi
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: cblewgolf on January 03, 2011, 11:26:33 AM
I found this post through Konrath's blog - the only one I follow.
I could not be more impressed by the #'s shown here. 
I immediately joined KindleBoards so I can follow the advice of the master sellers out there.
I can only hope to reach these #'s (and soon).

http://www.amazon.com/Deep-Rough-ebook/dp/B004477XM8/ref=tmm_kin_title_0?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Victorine on January 03, 2011, 11:33:09 AM
Welcome to Kindleboards, Chris!  I'm so glad you've joined us.  :)

There's a sticky note at the top of the Writer's Cafe that tells you how to get your book in your signature line.  ;D

Vicki
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Derek J. Canyon on January 03, 2011, 12:07:30 PM
These numbers are certainly great and are wonderful targets to aspire to.

After 3 months, I sold 122 copies of 2 books in December. So, I think that puts me at the Lint level. ;) Next goal, bronze!
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: JA Konrath on January 03, 2011, 12:09:16 PM
If someone has a few free minutes, can you update this list to include everyone who chimed in? I'd like to post an updated list on my blog, but I'm on a deadline and doing enough messing around on the net.  ::)

I'm also sure these other names who should be included.

Lee Goldberg*
Aaron Patterson*
Zoe Winters*
James Swain
Paul Levine
Robert W. Walker
Karen McQuestion*
Scott Nicholson*
Simon Wood
Blake Crouch

Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: MosesSiregarIII on January 03, 2011, 12:16:04 PM
If someone has a few free minutes, can you update this list to include everyone who chimed in? I'd like to post an updated list on my blog, but I'm on a deadline and doing enough messing around on the net.  ::)

I'm also sure these other names who should be included.

Lee Goldberg*
Aaron Patterson*
Zoe Winters*
James Swain
Paul Levine
Robert W. Walker
Karen McQuestion*
Scott Nicholson*
Simon Wood
Blake Crouch



Robin Sullivan also posted this list to your blog recently and these names may or may not (but probably do) belong on the list:

Quote
These are authors I know of that have hit the Top 100:

Amanda Hocking
J. A. Konrath
Nancy Johnson
Chris Graham
Christopher Smith
H.P. Mallory
D.B. Henson
Scott Nicholson
Victorine Lieske
Karen McQuestion
Cort Malone
Michael Gallagher
Richard Phillips
Traci Madison
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: JA Konrath on January 03, 2011, 12:32:10 PM
I think JR Rain belongs on both of those lists as well.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Tara Maya on January 03, 2011, 01:04:45 PM
Hey Derek! Nice to see you. I'm right there with you on the Lint Level -- even lintier -- but what I really love are the stories about how a lot of these authors started out just like us, with just a handful of sales per month, and just kept chugging away... My sales are rising bit by bit, and I know yours are too. May we soon both join the club!
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Derek J. Canyon on January 03, 2011, 01:18:06 PM
Nothing can stop us, Tara! :)

I'm creating a new list with all the authors added here. The list will include sales numbers, primary genre, # Kindle books available, etc. I should have it up soon.
Title: Top 100 at B&N :)
Post by: bellaandre on January 03, 2011, 01:26:52 PM
Oh & maybe I should also mention for the Top 100 list that GAME FOR LOVE hit the BarnesandNoble.com Top 100 at #55 over Xmas!

:) Bella
Title: Updated list for Joe
Post by: bellaandre on January 03, 2011, 01:40:04 PM
If someone has a few free minutes, can you update this list to include everyone who chimed in? I'd like to post an updated list on my blog, but I'm on a deadline and doing enough messing around on the net.  ::)

Joe, Here's the updated list that I just pulled from Comments:

Newest Additions:

David Wisehart
David McAfee
Williem Meikle
B. Tackitt
Vianka Van Bokkem
Maria Hooley
Tina Folsom *
C.S. Marks
Melanie Nilles
Robert Burton Robinson
Bella Andre *
Lexi Revellian

The previous list with your additions is:
Current List:

Michael Sullivan*
J.A. Konrath*
Victorine Lieske
H.P. Mallory*
Lauren Saga
Terri Reid*
Imogen Rose
Nathan Lowell*
Ellen Fisher*
Vianka Van Bokkem
David Dalglish
Sandra Edwards
C. S. Marks
Sibel Hodge
Julie Christensen
Holly A. Hook
David McAfee
Danielle Q. Lee
Valmore Daniels
Steven L. Hawk *
Edward C. Patterson
William Meikle
Maria Hooley
M. Louisa Locke *
Beth Orsoff*
Eric Christopherson
Monique Martin
Ellen O'Connell
Karen Cantwell
Stacey Wallace Benefiel
Lee Goldberg*
Aaron Patterson*
Zoe Winters*
James Swain
Paul Levine
Robert W. Walker
Karen McQuestion*
Scott Nicholson*
Simon Wood
Blake Crouch
JR Rain
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Eric C on January 03, 2011, 01:46:15 PM
Not to be a star-bellied sneetch about it, but my name is missing an asterisk.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Derek J. Canyon on January 03, 2011, 01:59:38 PM
Okay, here's the full table in an image. I'll convert it to text as soon as I figure out how to auto-convert Excel to HTML.

If I made a mistake with any of your information, please let me know. If something's blank, I don't know the information. If you provide it I'll add it.

(http://www.derekjcanyon.com/sales/KindleAuthorSales.jpg)

Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Eric C on January 03, 2011, 02:11:17 PM
And the Geek of the Day award goes to ... Derek! Nicely done!

To help fill out the table, I have no previous print deal.

The same is true for Lexi I know as we're internet pals. She should have an asterisk too, given she only has one book.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: JA Konrath on January 03, 2011, 02:12:37 PM
Thanks, you two.

Derek, can I use the jpg for my blog (with a link to you)?

Also, I only have 19 self pubbed titles on Kindle, which is the sales I'm reporting. And I'm pretty sure Amanda hit 100,000, and HP hit 20,000.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Lexi Revellian on January 03, 2011, 02:13:04 PM
Hey Derek, Remix isn't fantasy - it's commercial fiction with elements of crime and romance.

(Ah, the penalties of doing a chart.)

Lexi
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Dan McGirt on January 03, 2011, 02:15:44 PM
Congratulations to all these authors! I'm still working on getting into the 100 a month club!  :D But your success -- and the breadth of it, with so many authors reaching (and blowing past) the 1000 milestone is very encouraging! Keep up the great work!
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: MegHarris on January 03, 2011, 02:26:21 PM
Thanks to the craziness that is PubIt's accounting, I am pleased to report that I actually sold more than 5000 copies last month... unless PubIt decides to take some of the newly added books back, anyway.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Derek J. Canyon on January 03, 2011, 02:30:20 PM
Joe, sure you can use the jpg!

I've made some corrections already. If more corrections appear, I'll update it again later tonight using the same URL for the image:
http://www.derekjcanyon.com/sales/KindleAuthorSales.jpg
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Sandra Edwards on January 03, 2011, 02:32:28 PM
Okay, here's the full table in an image. I'll convert it to text as soon as I figure out how to auto-convert Excel to HTML.

If I made a mistake with any of your information, please let me know. If something's blank, I don't know the information. If you provide it I'll add it.

(http://www.derekjcanyon.com/sales/KindleAuthorSales.jpg)



Derek,
I don't have 8 Kindle titles available. I only have 4 :-).

Sandy
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: foreverjuly on January 03, 2011, 02:42:21 PM
I'm gonna get here one of these months. Just you wait.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Monique on January 03, 2011, 02:46:46 PM
Derek, fwiw, I had over 1,000 sales for my only book - a paranormal romance.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: bellaandre on January 03, 2011, 02:58:31 PM
Okay, here's the full table in an image. I'll convert it to text as soon as I figure out how to auto-convert Excel to HTML.

Derek, this is great, thanks. A couple of corrections to my information. :)
My name is Bella Andre (rather than Bell Andre) & I only have 6 kindle titles that I'm e-pubbing myself. The rest (the other 8) are NY pubbed books. Which also answers the question of previously NY pubbed - yes, I still am - doing both indie e-pubbing and contracted books concurrently. My total for just my 6 e-pubbed books was over 5k this month, with two of my books over 1k each. I won't know how my NY books did for 6-12 months.

A friend of mine would should be on the list, too, if you don't mind: Tina Folsom. She was way over 5k. She's paranormal and romance. And she's never been NY pubbed.

Thanks again. It's a fun table to be on. Great company!
:) Bella
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: rsullivan9597 on January 03, 2011, 03:18:58 PM
I've updated the list at the top.  Early on I was doing "categories" - Platnium, gold, silver, and people objected so I went to a straight list.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: ellenoc on January 03, 2011, 04:26:34 PM
Hi Derek - What a lot of work, and what a nice job. I don't know if it makes a bit of difference, but one of my 3 books is a mystery and the other two are western historical romances. I doubt straight westerns would have a chance of selling as well as romances.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: terrireid on January 03, 2011, 05:57:12 PM
Sorry Derek - I sold over 5000 in December. (I mean, I'm not sorry - but it's wrong on the table.)

Terri
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Derek J. Canyon on January 03, 2011, 06:04:15 PM
Okay, the table has been updated. Latest version here:

http://www.derekjcanyon.com/sales/KindleAuthorSales.jpg

Joe, when you link to me, please use a link to my blog (http://derekjcanyon.blogspot.com/).

(http://www.derekjcanyon.com/sales/KindleAuthorSales.jpg)
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: dvberkom on January 03, 2011, 07:39:25 PM
How cool is this? All the success stories are inspiring! Thanks for the hope that someday I might achieve this too!
dv
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: bellaandre on January 03, 2011, 07:49:52 PM
How cool is this? All the success stories are inspiring! Thanks for the hope that someday I might achieve this too!
dv

Well, I think your covers are very eye catching, so I'm sure it won't be long!
:) Bella
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Staceywb on January 03, 2011, 08:08:46 PM
Congrats, Stacey! I hear about Glimpse all over!

Thank you!  That's nice of you to say. :)
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Jason G. Anderson on January 03, 2011, 09:01:10 PM
Hey guys,

I've been adding the names of people who got over 1000 sales to the general list of sales for December over in this post (http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,47271.msg821787.html#msg821787). You're all making the list very top heavy this month ;)
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Tina Folsom on January 03, 2011, 09:13:07 PM
Thanks for adding me. I had a real stellar December 2010 - I sold more than 9,000 books during that month (Kindle & Nook combined). I guess the paranormal romance genre isn't dead yet.

Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: rsullivan9597 on January 03, 2011, 09:21:29 PM
Hey guys,

I've been adding the names of people who got over 1000 sales to the general list of sales for December over in this post (http://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,47271.msg821787.html#msg821787). You're all making the list very top heavy this month ;)

Which is as it should be!!  Thanks for doing this jasonga
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Jason G. Anderson on January 03, 2011, 09:25:55 PM
Which is as it should be!!

Absolutely! Hopefully I'll be helping to make the list top-heavy at some point :)
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: sibelhodge on January 04, 2011, 01:29:36 AM
Derek, thanks for doing such a fantastic list! Just a minor point: I write romantic comedy and comedy mysteries - don't know if you can amend that?

Many thanks!  ;D
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: RobynB on January 04, 2011, 03:27:27 AM
Such an inspiring thread for this forum-newbie here. Keep up the fabulous work, fellow scribes. Cheers!
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: karencantwell on January 04, 2011, 03:30:30 AM
Thank you both, Robin and Derek, for the lists -

Derek - for Karen Cantwell: 3893 for both titles

Robin - I'd love an asterisk if you're updating.  Thanks!

Karen
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Archer 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
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Derek J. Canyon 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

(http://www.derekjcanyon.com/sales/KindleAuthorSales.jpg)
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: David 'Half-Orc' Dalglish 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.

David Dalglish
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: JA Konrath 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
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Beth O 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 :)
 
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: David Wisehart 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,

David Wisehart
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: rsullivan9597 on January 04, 2011, 06:03:48 PM
Done Dave, I got your name from someone else...sorry about the confusion.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Derek J. Canyon on January 04, 2011, 11:05:35 PM
Updated again with requested changes:

(http://www.derekjcanyon.com/sales/KindleAuthorSales.jpg)
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Jason Reed on January 05, 2011, 03:25:31 AM
This thread inspires me to finish my own book faster! Thank you!
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Tina Folsom 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.

Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: David McAfee on January 05, 2011, 08:39:49 AM
Updated again with requested changes:

(http://www.derekjcanyon.com/sales/KindleAuthorSales.jpg)

I only have 5 titles available, not 8.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: terrireid on January 05, 2011, 09:51:18 AM
I only have 5 titles available, not 8.

Well, get busy. ;)
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Derek J. Canyon 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? (http://derekjcanyon.blogspot.com/2011/01/keys-to-epublishing-success.html)
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Some Writer Cat 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? (http://derekjcanyon.blogspot.com/2011/01/keys-to-epublishing-success.html)

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.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: David McAfee 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.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: terrireid 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!! 
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: M.S. Verish on January 05, 2011, 11:08:05 AM
Wow! Those are impressive sales. Congrats, gang. Hope we can join the ranks one day.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: JoeMitchell 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.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Some Writer Cat 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 . . .
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: EliRey 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!
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: bellaandre 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.....
:) Bella
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: MosesSiregarIII on January 05, 2011, 12:21:11 PM
I think it's time to start whipping out rulers and measuring our sentences.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: foreverjuly 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.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Julie Christensen 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. 
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: MosesSiregarIII 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.

/soapbox
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: MosesSiregarIII on January 05, 2011, 10:49:42 PM
I think it's time to start whipping out rulers and measuring our sentences.


Btw, that was intended 1000% as a joke. I hope I didn't kill the thread. I love seeing people's names with four- and five-figure sales next to them.

EDIT: Oops, forgot Amanda. Add six-figure to the list.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: JoeMitchell on January 05, 2011, 11:22:36 PM
Agreed. Let's just start ranking everybody so we know who we're better than and worse than.

I've thought about this before, and the funny thing is, we're already a part of that system.  It's the amazon bestseller rankings on all of our books.  We're already numbered, like it or not.  This thread does make me a little sad though, especially bouncing back and forth between this and the other one, feeling like I belong in neither.

Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Lexi Revellian on January 08, 2011, 01:06:28 PM
I love selling a lot of books - it's terrific after a year of fruitless submissions to agents, several of whom loved my book but thought they couldn't sell it.

But even better are the reviews from enthusiastic readers, and even better than that are the handful who seek out my email from my website to tell me how much they have enjoyed my book. That connection is what it's really about, not the numbers.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: LaurinW on January 08, 2011, 02:15:33 PM
I haven't made the leap to 1000 sales yet, but I'm getting there.  So wonderful to see how many authors are finding success with independent publishing!
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Free books for Kindle on January 10, 2011, 10:16:58 PM
I think you can add me to the list. Doing well over 1000 sales a month.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Alexis Harrington on January 12, 2011, 01:39:44 AM
Wow, I've been selling on Kindle Books for over a year and just now found out about these boards. (Well, I try to keep up, but there is so much out there.) I guess I'm a member of this club too. I had my first 1,000+ Kindle book month last July. Now I'm closing in on 4,000. And except for those books that are/were discounted, my selling price here is $2.99. Kindle has been heaven-sent for me. I'm doing much better in e-books than I did in print.

This is also great for those authors who didn't fit into those narrow, restrictive niches that trad publishing wants. If you've got writing talent--and a LOT of people do--but couldn't sell a book to NY no matter what, e-books are your big chance. Congratulations to everyone for persevering.

AMH
www.alexisharrington.com
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: terrireid on January 12, 2011, 06:15:10 AM
Wow, I've been selling on Kindle Books for over a year and just now found out about these boards. (Well, I try to keep up, but there is so much out there.) I guess I'm a member of this club too. I had my first 1,000+ Kindle book month last July. Now I'm closing in on 4,000. And except for those books that are/were discounted, my selling price here is $2.99. Kindle has been heaven-sent for me. I'm doing much better in e-books than I did in print.

This is also great for those authors who didn't fit into those narrow, restrictive niches that trad publishing wants. If you've got writing talent--and a LOT of people do--but couldn't sell a book to NY no matter what, e-books are your big chance. Congratulations to everyone for persevering.

AMH


www.alexisharrington.com

Welcome to Kindle Boards, Alexis!!
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Edie Ramer on January 12, 2011, 08:36:00 AM
Congratulations to all of you! That's awesome. Like everyone else, I had my best month yet. I'm looking forward to getting on that list this year.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: BrendaHiatt on January 12, 2011, 09:39:08 AM
What an interesting topic! I'm nowhere close to being on this list yet, as I've just put up my first reverted title, but it's great to see what kind of sales are possible. I'm trying to figure out a way to include ebook self-pubbed sales in my money survey (the one I've been doing on my website for over ten years now) but can't quite see how to group sales to give meaningful numbers. I'm open to suggestions, though!
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: terrireid on January 12, 2011, 09:42:42 AM
I'd suggest checking out Joe Konrath's blog - he has some very interesting guest bloggers telling their e-book success stories:
http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/ (http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/)
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: JennaAnderson on January 16, 2011, 06:53:15 AM

Ok so it's not December anymore - BUT Healing Touch has sold 1000 copies this month. This total is made up of Amazon US and UK sales. I have no idea what's happening on B&N, Kobo, etc...

It's very exciting. The Brits are buying my book like crazy - probably because it's only £0.71. I'm waiting for the reviews to fly in saying it's tosh and rubbish. ha ha

~ Jenna
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: MH Sargent on January 16, 2011, 07:17:07 AM
Wow, Jenna, that's quite a feat.

Count me in, I sold over 1,000 copies of Seven Days From Sunday. On a better track for January.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: JennaAnderson on January 16, 2011, 11:14:10 AM
Wow, Jenna, that's quite a feat.

Count me in, I sold over 1,000 copies of Seven Days From Sunday. On a better track for January.

Yay! Congrats to you too.

Jenna
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Jan Hurst-Nicholson on January 20, 2011, 11:18:01 AM
I love selling a lot of books - it's terrific after a year of fruitless submissions to agents, several of whom loved my book but thought they couldn't sell it.

But even better are the reviews from enthusiastic readers, and even better than that are the handful who seek out my email from my website to tell me how much they have enjoyed my book. That connection is what it's really about, not the numbers.

My feelings exactly. I also had a comment on my website from a reader saying how much she enjoyed the book and that it made her laugh. It really made my day and put all those rejections (22 years of them) into perspective. ;D AND I can now join the 1000 books a month club! :D
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Lexi Revellian on January 20, 2011, 11:32:17 AM
My feelings exactly. I also had a comment on my website from a reader saying how much she enjoyed the book and that it made her laugh. It really made my day and put all those rejections (22 years of them) into perspective. ;D AND I can now join the 1000 books a month club! :D

Congrats, Jan. Onwards and upwards.

It's fabulous to make people laugh. I drive my daughter mad when she's reading a new chapter; if she laughs I say, "Which bit are you at? I need to know," and she'll never tell me, just gets cross at being interrupted.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Jan Hurst-Nicholson on January 20, 2011, 11:38:05 AM
Congrats, Jan. Onwards and upwards.

It's fabulous to make people laugh. I drive my daughter mad when she's reading a new chapter; if she laughs I say, "Which bit are you at? I need to know," and she'll never tell me, just gets cross at being interrupted.

Must be good if you can make your family laugh - especially a daughter  ;)
I see your book is also on the bestseller list on Amazon UK  :D
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Lexi Revellian on January 20, 2011, 11:48:09 AM
Must be good if you can make your family laugh - especially a daughter  ;)
I see your book is also on the bestseller list on Amazon UK  :D

Yes, 99 days in the UK Kindle top 100 so far - but it's a smaller site, an easier nut to crack than the US version. Not that I'm not extremely pleased about it...
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Jnassise on January 22, 2011, 09:18:53 AM
Happy to say that I've just crashed through the 1,000 copy a month barrier (US Kindle sales only).
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: JennaAnderson on January 22, 2011, 09:27:46 AM
Happy to say that I've just crashed through the 1,000 copy a month barrier (US Kindle sales only).

Yipeeee!! Congrats!

Jenna
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: foreverjuly on January 22, 2011, 09:32:20 AM
Happy to say that I've just crashed through the 1,000 copy a month barrier (US Kindle sales only).

Congrats! So you must be way over including UK/BN and other sales.

I'm creeping closer all the time. Maybe next month, March at the latest!
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: BrendaHiatt on January 22, 2011, 09:37:16 AM
Wow, congrats to everyone cracking that 1,000 copy barrier already this month! Impressive! My sales seem to be "stuck" at a mere 5 copies (of my one book), making me wonder what I need to be doing... other than getting more books up, of course, which I can't until my publishers respond to my reversion requests. Argh! I'll keep nagging. (Strangely, my book seems to be selling WAY better on the Nook. No clue why.)

Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Jnassise on January 22, 2011, 09:41:51 AM
Brenda - It's the "no idea why" part that drives me nuts.  I'm doing well on amazon US, but very little on both Amazon UK and BN (though with BN's reporting stuck its hard to say.)  If I could get a handle on what drove readers to my books so that sales rose exponentially over the last three months, I'd be much happier as it would be something I could work to influence and increase.  Right now, I'm just flailing in the dark.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: foreverjuly on January 22, 2011, 09:50:38 AM
Brenda - It's the "no idea why" part that drives me nuts.  I'm doing well on amazon US, but very little on both Amazon UK and BN (though with BN's reporting stuck its hard to say.)  If I could get a handle on what drove readers to my books so that sales rose exponentially over the last three months, I'd be much happier as it would be something I could work to influence and increase.  Right now, I'm just flailing in the dark.

I've been forced to pay a lot of attention to the rankings. Looking at the rankings for your books, I put you at 4 books a day. 2 for The Heretic and then one a piece for two others.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Jnassise on January 22, 2011, 09:56:16 AM
Foreverjuly - That's pretty much where I've been guessing I'll fall, too.  Which is fine - that's where I was for the first several months after starting at Amazon and I'm expecting to see the same kind of growth curve over time.

I also have four traditionally published novels coming out later this year from Tor Books, HarperCollins, and Harlequin, so I'm looking forward to testing the idea that current books on the shelves might drive more readers to look for other books available electronically.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: terrireid on January 24, 2011, 07:13:48 PM
Yes, 99 days in the UK Kindle top 100 so far - but it's a smaller site, an easier nut to crack than the US version. Not that I'm not extremely pleased about it...
Congrats Lexi!!!

Terri
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: terrireid on January 24, 2011, 07:14:20 PM
Happy to say that I've just crashed through the 1,000 copy a month barrier (US Kindle sales only).
Congrats!!!
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month achievement (TBOM)
Post by: Holly A Hook on January 24, 2011, 07:56:35 PM
Pubit updated and it's official now--over 1800 sold on B and N this month (and 117 over on Amazon.)
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month achievement (TBOM)
Post by: BrendaHiatt on January 24, 2011, 08:21:16 PM
I can't speak for Holly, but now that PubIt has updated its sales data, I see I've sold over 100 books there so far this month....and still only 5 at Amazon. I've done NO publicity at BN.com (and none on Amazon beyond posting to Kindleboards). Both sites are linked from my website. I have zero explanation for why I'm selling more than 20 times as many books at B&N as I am at Amazon. It makes no sense to me at all.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month achievement (TBOM)
Post by: Victorine on January 24, 2011, 08:22:07 PM
Woot!!  Congratulations Holly!

Vicki
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month club (TBOM)
Post by: Lucy Kevin on January 24, 2011, 09:15:08 PM
Yes, 99 days in the UK Kindle top 100 so far - but it's a smaller site, an easier nut to crack than the US version. Not that I'm not extremely pleased about it...

Given that lots of us are having a heck of a time trying to "crack that nut" you should be totally pleased with how awesome you are!

Lucy
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month achievement (TBOM)
Post by: Lexi Revellian on January 24, 2011, 11:26:11 PM
Thanks, Terri and Lucy. I feel I should make more effort over here...

Did you know PubIt isn't open to non-Americans? I got all excited about it, then read the small print and found I was excluded.

Lexi
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month achievement (TBOM)
Post by: Jason G. Anderson on January 25, 2011, 04:11:04 AM
Did you know PubIt isn't open to non-Americans? I got all excited about it, then read the small print and found I was excluded.

They've said they'll open it up to international authors in early 2011, but when is anyones guess :)
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month achievement (TBOM)
Post by: foreverjuly on January 25, 2011, 04:29:50 AM
I don't know if this is the place for this question, but why is it do you think you are selling so much more on B&N than on Amazon? It seems like for a lot of people it's the reverse. Are you somehow marketing to B&N buyers or is it just coincidence? Congrats on your success!

Not to take anything away from Holly, but she got lucky with the search results. Her book shows up #1 if you search for teen fiction. I'm seeing a little of that to, though not to the same degree. Books just seem to magically take off over there.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month achievement (TBOM)
Post by: karencantwell on January 25, 2011, 05:48:32 AM
I have to admit to always being a little hesitant to share my sales numbers here or on other threads (for whatever reason - it really doesn't matter why), but as I read through this thread, I begin to see that Indie writers sharing both sales numbers and resulting monthly royalties COULD be very useful in a format designed to help each other. 

I see many writers here glad to see the numbers because they see, then, what is possible.  I know the only reason I have books on Kindle today is because I went to Konrath's blog where he shared his own successes, then posted an interview with Karen McQuestion.  Above and beyond that, Konrath shared specific details on WHAT worked for him and so I was able to move forward with a plan.

So I'm throwing out this idea:  possibly a discussion or forum designed specifically for sharing workable ideas on the BUSINESS side of writing where people share not only numbers, but methods for getting those numbers.  Any interest?  Or is that already being done?

Karen
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month achievement (TBOM)
Post by: Jason G. Anderson on January 25, 2011, 04:55:03 PM
So I'm throwing out this idea:  possibly a discussion or forum designed specifically for sharing workable ideas on the BUSINESS side of writing where people share not only numbers, but methods for getting those numbers.  Any interest?  Or is that already being done?

Unless you're talking about a restricted-membership forum where everyone is cross-checked against some criteria before they can join, you're posting in that forum already :)
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month achievement (TBOM)
Post by: Dan McGirt on January 25, 2011, 05:08:39 PM
I will be happy to share all my secrets for selling well into almost double digit quantities of ebooks each month.  ;D
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month achievement (TBOM)
Post by: DDScott on May 30, 2011, 07:23:58 AM
This morning, I just made it into your fantabulous 1000-Sales-a-Month Club!!!

Thanks sooo very much to all my beyond superfab Kindle Readers and Fans...and thanks too to many of you in this club who've helped me get to this point!

And a big 'ole shout-out and thanks to Robin for maintaining this thread!!!

Y'all rock!!!
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month achievement (TBOM)
Post by: Dana Taylor on May 30, 2011, 11:40:17 AM
Hi everyone--

Likewise, I have gratefully sold over 1,000 books this month. Looks like I'll be finishing up at about 1,300 books--up from 400 last month.

Ain't Love Grand? (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004MPRAHU/?tag=kbpst-20) is leading the pack at about 900, thanks to landing on the New Age Bestseller list after a posting at E Reader News Today.

Devil Moon: A Mystic Romance (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003V8BHI2/?tag=kbpst-20) is coming in at about 300

My other books are coming up from the rear.

I'm very thankful at Amazon for creating this opportunity to Indie Authors.

Dana Taylor
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month achievement (TBOM)
Post by: foreverjuly on May 30, 2011, 12:26:39 PM
I too have retroactively sold 1000 books during December, mostly due to Stewie Griffin's time machine.

(http://images.wikia.com/familyguy/images/a/ac/Time_machine_2.jpg)
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month achievement (TBOM)
Post by: Lexi Revellian on May 30, 2011, 12:37:42 PM
You have a time machine? Ooh, can I borrow it?

Lexi
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month achievement (TBOM)
Post by: SJWrightAuthor on June 01, 2011, 08:05:25 AM
Congrats to everybody who made it to 1,000!!  It's a big achievement!

I ended up selling 2,192 copies of the Vampire's Warden this month between Barnes & Noble and Amazon.  The Amazon numbers were around 250 copies.  For most of the month, the B&N numbers for the Nook version were fantastic.  I was averaging about thirty a day.  They've dropped significantly now, but it was still a great month!

Congratulations again to everyone who made it!  If you haven't yet, don't worry!  Concentrate on the next book.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month achievement (TBOM)
Post by: JoanReeves on June 01, 2011, 09:13:40 AM
Oh, my, I wish I had remembered this thread! I have 4 books out now, and I'm working on hitting the 20,000 sales mark which should happen in a few days.

My first ebook went live 2 months and 5 days ago. I hit 1000 in sales on it the first month. In the second month, I hit 10,000 in sales. I've published 3 others approximately 2-3 weeks apart with the last going live late last Saturday. All are selling well and hit over 1000 in 30 days each except for the 4th book of course which has sold 83 so far. I'm a bit under the weather so haven't done much to get the word out about it.

This has been such an exciting journey. I wish I'd done it sooner.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month achievement (TBOM)
Post by: Tracy Sharp on August 08, 2011, 01:58:30 PM
Wow! This is great! Do you all hire editors for your work? If so, may I ask who you use? I don't totally trust myself to edit my own books. I don't know if I can catch all my own errors.
Title: Re: Dec 2010, 1000 books a month achievement (TBOM)
Post by: Rex Jameson on August 08, 2011, 03:43:02 PM
How did you guys even come across this thing?! This is an impressive thread necro.