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That's amazing!  :D  Congratulations, and thank you so much for sharing your success with us!

If it's not too personal, could you share how long you've been at it, and maybe some month over month stuff?  I love seeing what people's journeys have been like  ;).  No worries if not, though!  You rock!
 

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Thanks, guys! I'm completely stoked!

@Rebecca: I post my sales updates regularly on my blog. These are the most relevant blog posts:

http://katiekleinwrites.blogspot.com/2011/03/february-sales.html
http://katiekleinwrites.blogspot.com/2011/03/first-weekend-numbers.html
http://katiekleinwrites.blogspot.com/2011/04/march-sales-numbers.html
http://katiekleinwrites.blogspot.com/2011/04/weekend-update_25.html
http://katiekleinwrites.blogspot.com/2011/04/amazon-algorithmsranking-matters.html
http://katiekleinwrites.blogspot.com/2011/05/april-sales-numbers.html
http://katiekleinwrites.blogspot.com/2011/06/may-sales-numbers.html

The Amazon Algorithms post accounts for what happened during the month of April, when I broke 10,000 and the "Customers Who Also Bought" lists kicked in. It worked pretty fast. :)

I lost traction during May with the "Great Indie Sale" (when those 99 cent novels were put on sale) and just yesterday things started picking up again after this "Sunshine" sale.

My #500-600 ranking accounts for 80-110 sales a day (for anyone interested), and I'm at Day 50 in the Amazon Teen Top 100.
 

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KatieKlein said:
Thanks, guys! I'm completely stoked!

@Rebecca: I post my sales updates regularly on my blog. These are the most relevant blog posts:

http://katiekleinwrites.blogspot.com/2011/03/february-sales.html
http://katiekleinwrites.blogspot.com/2011/03/first-weekend-numbers.html
http://katiekleinwrites.blogspot.com/2011/04/march-sales-numbers.html
http://katiekleinwrites.blogspot.com/2011/04/weekend-update_25.html
http://katiekleinwrites.blogspot.com/2011/04/amazon-algorithmsranking-matters.html
http://katiekleinwrites.blogspot.com/2011/05/april-sales-numbers.html
http://katiekleinwrites.blogspot.com/2011/06/may-sales-numbers.html

The Amazon Algorithms post accounts for what happened during the month of April, when I broke 10,000 and the "Customers Who Also Bought" lists kicked in. It worked pretty fast. :)

I lost traction during May with the "Great Indie Sale" (when those 99 cent novels were put on sale) and just yesterday things started picking up again after this "Sunshine" sale.

My #500-600 ranking accounts for 80-110 sales a day (for anyone interested), and I'm at Day 50 in the Amazon Teen Top 100.
WOO HOOOOOO! :D Thank you for this!

After reading each month's sales number, all I have to say is holy s***! Well done, you! This is incredibly inspirational.

Here's wishing you 5000 more, and more and more!
 

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I seriously want to be you when I grow up.  Any tips?

Did you just write a seriously awesome book, because I hear that's step #1.  ;)
 

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Did you just write a seriously awesome book, because I hear that's step #1.
(lol) I don't even know how to answer that. I just wrote what I love to write (angsty young adult romance), and found out that other readers like it, too.

(I should add that The Guardian is not doing nearly as well.) :)
 

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I was totally kidding because OF COURSE YOU DID!  ;)  LOL.  5k readers can't be wrong.

But I know we're interested in any marketing you've done, too.

 
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Congrats, and thanks for sharing those numbers!  It's extremely encouraging for someone like me who's just starting out.  Let's hope that they keep going up!
 

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I was totally kidding because OF COURSE YOU DID! Wink LOL. 5k readers can't be wrong.

But I know we're interested in any marketing you've done, too.
(lol) I know. I'm just afraid to say anything that will jinx myself; I fear one day I'm going to wake up and it'll all be gone. I'm really grateful for everything that's happening, though. Sure beats last year (all those rejections!).

As for marketing, I'm doing everything most of you are doing: blogging, guest posting on other author's blogs. . . . I try to stay as active as I can on the Kindleboards. I tweet. I network with other authors/readers as best I can.

I really think it boils down to word of mouth (ratings and reviews), and the Amazon "Customers Who Also Bought" lists. Buyers are making it from cover to summary to sample, so those are important, too. :)

It might've been a "Perfect Storm" scenario. YA readers were ready for something like this. Every ebook is on its own timeline. The Guardian sales are building steadily, but at a *much* slower pace. :)
 
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