I promised I'd share my numbers with you as I went along this crazy-go-nuts road, and that's exactly what I'm going to do :). Woo hoo!
Okay, so first, history:
In April I had a couple of short stories up and sold 19 e-books.
In May I had the two stories, and released LEGACY OF THE EMPRESS in the last couple days of the month. I sold 30 3-books, 7 of which were Legacies.
June, I sold 125 e-books across two names (this one and my pen name.)
So, July? How'd it go???
I sold over 3500 e-books in July. Two short stories sold over 1000 copies each.
I flip flopped between feeling sweaty elation and then icy cold terror. Now, I'm much calmer :).
What a great month, though. Let me stress, too, that I only have one full length novel: Legacy of the Empress. The rest are all short stories, and a 15,000 word novella under my pen name.
People who say short stories don't sell are wrong. This is excellent news for all of us! Have some shorts chillin' on the harddrive? Well, if you publish them for kindle, nook, etc, you could make money and gain a following before you finish that first novel.
What are you waiting for? If you enjoy writing short stories, you have nothing to lose, except maybe $10 for a stock photo. I edit my stories and make my own e-covers for these short tales. Go for it! :) You may be surprised.
August has slowed down already, and I've only sold about 550 so far. Summer is notoriously slow because folks are doing yardwork and chasing rambunctuous kiddos instead of reading, so I'm working on getting new stuff written for Fall :).
I hope to have two new Veronica Grim, Fairytale Assassin stories ready by September 1st, and then it's time to write the sequel to Legacy of the Empress. Woo hoo!
It's GO time.
How are your own projects going? Do you have anything on the burner now? Tell us about it!