Quick note: This post is in no way a criticism of Severed Press. Severed is a great publisher; sales just take longer to get going than I had thought.
Curious about my sales data (which, since I’m publishing with a real publisher instead of self-pub for the first time, I don’t get to see directly), I sent the following to Severed Press:
Hey! I leave tomorrow for my epic cross-country bus trip to promote Cthulhu Attacks! at the NecronomiCon in Providence from August 20-23. I got a bunch of cool bookmarks printed up with a QR code for easy access.
I’ve seen the sales rating go up and down, which has been exciting for me. Can I know what those ratings translate into, saleswise? I guess I’m asking: How are we doing?
Feel the love
See, Cthulhu Attacks! has been as high as No. 43,000 and as low as (today) No. 183,000 and change, so I’m like, I must be moving some units between those two extremes! My publisher wrote me back with:
We have sold 15 copies so far plus Kindle Unlimited sales.
Good luck with your trip.
Fifteen copies? My blood went cold and my sight grew dim. Considering that the paperback just came out, so this must mean all eBook sales. Also, the Kindle Unlimited pay scheme is byzantine to say the least (not Severed’s fault, of course), so we won’t know the figures on that until the end of the quarter, I imagine.
Fifteen eBooks. I get 50% of the $2.99 cover price for each one. So thus far, not including KU, I have brought in, um … $22.43.
Now, the advertising campaign hasn’t really started, and the point of going to all these Cons is to get the word out about Cthulhu Attacks!, but shit … I spent more than that on business cards today.
How Kindle Unlimited says it works
If you have bought Cthulhu Attacks! through Kindle Unlimited—and I love KU and use it myself—please could you do me a favor and at least page through the first 25 pages or so? That’s how Amazon calculates whether the author will be paid for that purchase or not. I am now doing this with all of my KU-purchased books, even those I won’t be getting around to reading anytime soon. Would you mind doing that for me, Dear Reader?
Slouching toward Providence
Fortunately, I will be spending the next three days on a Greyhound bus, which is 95% powered by tears of disappointment. Then I will be with my Lovecraftian people again, trying to determine if any of them are among the fifteen buyers who have brought me to such dizzying heights of literary success.