On 30th April I launched Crimes Against Magic to the world, with no idea how it would be taken. I didn’t know if it would sell, get good reviews or vanish quietly into the realms of Indie-publishing, never to be spoken of again.
Turns out it did okay. So after having April to September’s complete sales figures, I thought I’d share them with you all. 6 months of sales figures (if not 6 months in actual complete months) is a pretty good selection of data.
Now, I’m not showing this to everyone to show off, I’m fully aware that I’m nowhere near the upper echelon of sales, but maybe someone will read this and they’ll see that if I can do it, then they’ll have some hope that they can too.
So, to do this I’m going to break the figures down into three categories. We’ll do UK sales first, then EU and we’ll save the American sales until last because that’s where most of my sales have come from.
As you can see, the figure for sales in the US is astronomically larger than the UK or EU. And I haven’t changed the price (except for 1 week at the end of Sept), so nearly every one of these sales is based on the $4.99 (£3.11) price tag.
So, there’s probably a few questions that you might have from this.
Where did these sales come from?
Well, I blogged like a crazy person in May and June, doing spotlights, interviews and anything else I could to get the book out there, so that probably helped. And I’ve gotten some incredible reviews. But the thing that I believe helped the most is the cover. Everyone who has seen the book has told me how good the cover is, and I believe that my sales are certainly helped by having a good cover.
Does this mean I have agents asking for my hand in partnership?
Ummm… no. Not even slightly. In fact, I haven’t heard from any agents, at all. Not that I was expecting to.
Where does Crimes Against Magic sit now?
As of writing (10am UK time), it sits about the 47,000k mark in the UK Kindle store.
In the US, it sits here:
Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,474 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
- #13 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Magic & Wizards
- #54 in Books > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Contemporary
- #58 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Fiction > Fantasy > Contemporary
Despite the fact that sales have really dropped off, it’s still pretty damn good. Especially for a first-time, unknown writer.
And to answer a question that I’ve been asked a lot recently.
Where are you with Born of Hatred?
Editing. I’m about half way through the editing process and hope to have that done within a week. Then a few people need to read it and we’ll go from there. Basically, it won’t be too long.
And that’s it for another week. I hope someone found the figures I’ve posted interesting or helpful. Have a good weekend.
There hasn’t been a blog for a few weeks as I’ve been sick, but I’m all better now so let’s continue with something that all writers have to go through. Editing.
There are very few people who enjoy editing their books. Mostly because it means having to switch off the little voice inside your head that says, “No don’t delete that sentence, it’s so funny and clever, why do you hate me? No don’t do it, I… noooooooooo.”
But once you’ve melted your creativity into a large puddle of goo, you need to set about making your story better.
At the moment, I’m preparing Crimes Against Magic to get published in April, and that means editing. Over and over again.
I’m very lucky in that I have a lot of excellent friends who took their time to go through the book with a fine-tooth comb and point out all of my failings. Any plot point which doesn’t make sense, or spelling which looked like it was written by an orang-utan. They’re an excellent group, and they offer some very good suggestions.
The problem with having a group of people reading your work is that you very quickly realise you can’t please everyone. One person won’t like a prologue, another won’t like a flashback or a fight scene or a whole character. You can’t make your work universally loved. It’s never going to happen. And that’s something you, as a writer, need to realise as quickly as possible. That’s why you should always write the book for you. Write something you want to read. Everyone else is a bonus.
So, once you’ve gotten passed the portions of the book that you don’t want to change, it’s down to the nitty-gritty. Unnecessary sentences, words and grammar that don’t need to be there or are just wrong. No one is going to have a perfect book first time, in fact I’ve been through Crimes Against Magic a number of times and I still pick up the occasional word that shouldn’t be there, or piece of incorrect formatting.
So, now the book is in a way that I’m happy with. But the edits don’t stop. Next I’m going to read it out loud, mostly because you can catch all kinds of problems with it by doing so, especially speech that doesn’t sound right. And when I’ve done that… well, hopefully it’ll be finished for good, although I’m sure I’ll want to check it again, just to make sure.
At some point I’ll have to stop though, otherwise I’m just editing for the sake of it and not actually doing anything productive. Besides I’ve got book 2 I need to get finished and unfortunately I don’t think it’s going to write itself.