Sunday, August 1, 2010

CHAPTER EIGHT: e-book sales news!

So if you do not know by now I am very open about just about everything. This can be a good thing or it may tick you off. On this subject of e-books I am a new author as like many of you. I want to help out other authors in any way I can to work up to a income where one is able to make a living writing even if you do it on your own.

So here is the scoop.

Most of you know my story and so I will sum it up, if you want more be sure to check out my book soon to be released called "The e-book on e-books"

I started out with one book the end of 2008 and the end of 2009 I released my second book and just last month a short story. These are all in print as well as in e-book form. For this info I will be talking only e-book numbers.

First book set price at $14.99 was selling 10-12 a month for 7 months.
Dropped the price to $4.99 and sold 48 that month.
Second book came out and so I set it at 8.99 and book 1 at .99. Sold 120 that month.
Book one has been at .99 as of November of 2009 and numbers are such...
And this month I changed the price from .99 to 2.99 in order to get the new 70% royalty rate. I was scared and was prepared for the numbers to drop out. But I had some padding so was mentally prepared. July just ended yesterday so this is still sort of not real to me so here goes...

July: 2661

I know crazy. And this is book one. Now for book 2 numbers, they are not as cool but still worth noting even though they are at a higher price point.

Book 2

November: 20
And for July... 227 at a $8.99 price point.

In a term we can all understand before this works out to be before this month about 1k a month give or take some depending on the month. This month, July that puts it over 5k in the month of July. Now I will not see this money until October 1st, but it is still crazy that off 2 books a writer can possibly make a living. Now the scary part... How in the world can I top this month... in fact I am not really doing anything, just doing the same old thing and writing more to get more out there...

This is all the more reason I am thankful for God and how he has month in and month out taken care of me and my family. It is in the end all in his hands and so out of my control which makes it all the more exciting.

With this going the way it is I hope it can keep up or at least hold. I plan to have book 3 out by the end of the year and my new teen thriller which you will love... I love it so you have to... if not... I may have to kill you... I mean your dog.

Hope this helps to get real numbers and I also want to thank all the people that have put up with my writing and the poor editing I had. I am a story teller not a English major and this fact makes this story even more amazing. If I can do it anyone can.

Feel free to ask any questions if you have any... I am here to help if I can... we all got to stick together...



  1. Congrats on the fabulous numbers Aaron! It's certainly great to hear some mere mortal sales numbers.
    What platforms are you selling on? Amazon, Smashwords, etc? All of the above?
    If you are on Amazon, well then I may just have to give one of your books a try...shall I? Hahaha
    Again, congrats!

  2. Samantha A. StilwellAugust 1, 2010 at 11:13 PM

    Aaron, I am so proud of you!

  3. WAHOO! Go baby, go!

    T.B. Yes he is on Amazon =)

  4. I am on the ipad, Amazon, B&N and Borders as well as Smashwords.