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Fellow ebook authors – what platform sells best for you?

April 13, 2011 21 comments

It’s now been officially two full months since Gabriel’s Redemption has hit the ‘bookshelves’ of the major ebook distributors. I can honestly say I’m quite pleased with the sales; how could I not be? Three months ago I didn’t even have an ebook, just a collection of Scrivener scenes lumped into a manuscript that was undergoing some massive editing. And now, approaching 100 books sold, for a debut author? I’m thrilled. Rich? No. Satisfied so many people showed an interest in my work, and have been kind enough to leave some fantastic reviews? Absolutely.

But in looking (obsessing, perhaps) over the daily sales numbers in Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords (where in addition to direct to Smashwords customers, the novel is distributed to Borders/Kobo, iBooks, and Diesel), I noticed a very significant trend in sales. Amazon was cleaning the others’ clocks. I thought about it, trying to figure out why, and came up with a few possible reasons:

  • Public perception – ask anyone to name an ereader; you’ll hear Kindle, then Nook, then, huh? But Kindle will always be first. Whether it’s because of Joe Konrath, or Amanda Hocking, etc. or not, Kindle seems to hold the most mind share. But of course that leads into market share.
  • Market share – at last check, depending on what site you land on when you Google ‘ereader market share’, Kindle led the way with around half of the ereader market. Barnes & Noble recently stated they have 25% of ereader sales, though they backed it up with little to no proof. However, those are probably pretty good indications of where the market stands.*

*I’m not sure if the iPad has yet swept up the ereading public, but it’s certainly on its way…however, since I’ve sold a grand total of zero through iBooks I can’t even factor that in.

  • Me – Yes, me. My blog shows Amazon first, most tweets will have an Amazon link, and any time I’m only able to list one outlet to purchase the novel, I invariably list Amazon. Why? Probably because of the first two reasons. And the irony behind that is, I own a Kobo, a Nook, I’ve ordered an iPad, and there are four iPhones in my household. Not a Kindle to be found…

Looking at the numbers, I’m seeing around a 10-1 ratio of Kindle to Nook sales for Gabriel’s Redemption. Smashwords has a few sales, mostly when I do a promo code, but nothing consistent. So I sit and watch the KDP page, click refresh, and hold my breath, hoping the number goes up by one.

The question is – which platform sells for you? Do you see a significant difference in your ebook sales between Kindle and Nook? Which way, and why do you think that is? Any genre reason? Questions, questions…please help with answers, I can’t bear to keep clicking refresh…

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Journey to self-published, Part 6 – The End?

February 23, 2011 7 comments

No, not the end…just the beginning apparently. It’s official, I’m published, and anyone, anywhere can purchase the novel I worked so hard on. But now…how do I let everyone know it’s there?

I’m afraid I don’t have any easy answers for this one, nor is this a complete story. The journey is ongoing, and will be for years to come. I know what I’ve accomplished is small, but it’s significant to me, and I know I’m in this for the long-haul. I’ve developed some incredible online friends with Twitter, Facebook, blogs, and so on, and they’ve all given me so much help. It’s now time for me to jump into self-promotion with both feet.

It’s busier than I ever imagined, trying to get my name, and the book’s name, out there. I’ve already gotten a couple dozen sales, which looking back on where I was a month ago seems amazing. The bottom line is, I love what I’m doing, and I want to be able to do it for the rest of my life!

If you are, or were in, or will be in, in the same boat as I am, won’t you join me? Follow along as my journey continues – subscribe to my blog, follow me online. I hope I won’t bore you to tears.

-Steve Umstead…Author.

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My self-publishing journey, Part 5 – I’m published!

February 22, 2011 7 comments

Still there? My diatribe hasn’t bored you to tears? The journey’s almost to an end. Well, not really – but I’ll get to that in a bit.

So I clicked upload, and my baby was sent to Amazon for review. Wow, I thought. That was quite painless. What happened to writing dozens of query letters, being rejected, trying again, waiting for months? It’s an electronic world, even print-on-demand isn’t fast enough for millions of people.

What’s next? Did two more compiles in Scrivener, one for ePub, and one for Word doc, and uploaded to Barnes & Noble’s Nook program, and Smashwords program. And then came the coolest thing. Smashwords gave me a countdown-type of page, showing where my novel was in the queue. Started at #312, left the laptop open while watching television that night with my wife. By the time the DVR was halfway into our second show, it was down to #3, and “Completed” started showing up one by one next to the version types (I didn’t mention before, but Smashwords, if you’re not familiar, publishes multiple formats – ePub, .mobi, .doc, .pdf, even Sony reader; not to mention pays the best royalty).

There it was, available for sale to anyone with an ereader, anywhere in the world. Out came a couple of glasses of wine, and we toasted to the fact that my novel, the one I had been wanting to write for over twenty years, just got published. I have to say, that was a very significant feeling.

The next day, after hitting refresh several dozen times on Amazon’s Kindle Publishing page, there it was – my novel, available for sale with the world’s largest e-bookseller. The day after that, available on barnesandnoble.com. Very surreal experience.

But now what? Now comes the hardest part of all, the part that will never end. Promoting the book. I don’t have an agent, or a publisher, or a PR firm. It was time for another hat.

To be continued…