I’ve been following a couple real-time blogs as they share good news or reveal something personal as it happens. Like live-blogging a dog show, or a paint-drying festival, or the harvesting their first zucchini of the season from the garden. It’s almost like a reality TV show! So when I received an email from PayPal that I had money in my account for my first ebook, I thought why not live-blog and share news of my newfound, think-outside-the-box success!
As you certainly remember, I decided to go it alone and self-publish my first novel, a sci-fi/zombie romance/thriller/mystery. I don’t think I shared the title at the time: For Martians Who Have Considered Invading When People’s Brains are Enough—Part 1: A Whiney Intergalactic Mystery. At more than 200,000 words, I’m proud to say it shattered industry standards and expectations!
I originally had it priced at $25.99 each. That was less than a penny for every 770 words! Still, after a month I saw it wasn’t selling very well and hadn’t won any awards yet, so I did that thing where you look at what other ebooks are out there and how much they cost—oh yeah, market research! And based on that, I lowered the price to $1.99, but I listed it like this “Was $25.99 Now just $1.99!” People love bargains, right?”
So are you ready? I’m about to open my PayPal account … there. Typing in my username … my password (don’t look!). Now I click on this account link, and drumroll please!
Copies sold: 2; Earnings for this quarter: $3.48
Oh. I guess the online publisher takes out a little something for each book I sell.
Well, that’s enough for a lunch. And I guess there’s just one thing left to say:
Thanks, Mom! Thanks, Dad!