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1,000 copies sold

PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 10:26 am
by Brien Sz
I have self published two books. The first one I published was in May, 2014. After a year and a half of pitching it - some agents liked it but thought it was too regional, I opted to launch it into the world. Reception has been slow, averaging about 5 books a month. High water mark was 15 for a month. But the reviews on both Goodreads and Amazon have been positive.

However, it's my second venture that I released just before Thanksgiving, 2016, that has me surprised and pleased. In going over the numbers, I realized that I hit the 1,000 mark a couple weeks ago, just over three months to the day I launched it.

Certainly not retiring or quitting my day job anytime soon but it is nice to have that extra cash.

Just thought I would share.

Re: 1,000 copies sold

PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 11:40 am
by williamadams
congratulations

regional books can do well
but they need to be marketed differently

i dont see any book by your name(s) on amazon at all
althogh one had you listed as doing the cover art

pls give us the title of the one that sold 1000

apparently you use a pen name jj crane
but still your real name as cover artist
on that jersey devil book

i am guessing the 1000 seller was shadows not devil

Re: 1,000 copies sold

PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 1:01 pm
by Oldtimer
Congratulations, Brian. It's encouraging to hear of success like that. Thank you for sharing.

Re: 1,000 copies sold

PostPosted: Fri Apr 28, 2017 1:45 pm
by yellowducky
1,000 sold WOW That's amazing whats your inspiration ??? :P

Re: 1,000 copies sold

PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2017 8:15 pm
by Brien Sz
Money.

Re: 1,000 copies sold

PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 11:35 am
by Rosedarling
Congratulations Brien! Thanks for sharing the great news.

Re: 1,000 copies sold

PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 2:50 pm
by legalwriter
Thanks for sharing. I think 1,000 copies sold is a good minimum marker for a book depending on the publisher. Your royalty rate also depends on the sale price.

Re: 1,000 copies sold

PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 11:59 pm
by mikeyboy_esq
Good job Brien! I'd love to hit the 1,000 copies mark, but no where near that yet. What do you think is the reason for your 2nd book's success? Did you do any special marketing for it or do promotional pricing (99 cents) to boost sales/reviews? I've tried several things to market my 2 books, but I'm still searching for what works best.

Re: 1,000 copies sold

PostPosted: Sun May 21, 2017 12:35 pm
by Brien Sz
Minimal marketing - essentially I targeted the intended audience and spent about 10-20 dollars a month on Facebook advertising and threw a few dollars advertising on Goodreads. The book sells for 2.99 as an e-book and it is available in softcover. Sales have slowed a little but I am around 1500 sold now.

Re: 1,000 copies sold

PostPosted: Mon May 22, 2017 12:32 pm
by mikeyboy_esq
Those are fantastic sales numbers, especially for such little marketing that you've done. It makes me wonder how much your sales might increase if you did more marketing (e.g., Amazon sponsored ads, social media blitz, etc.). In any case, it sounds like whatever you are doing is working great! Congrats again.