Chris Stoesen Fiction: May 2015

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Kindle - The biggest fish in the pond

After going off Kindle Select program back in late February, my experiment in multiple publishers is coming to a close. With Google Play, Kobo, Drive Thru Fiction and Nook all performing extremely poorly, I have gone back with my tail between my legs and clicked the button for KDP Select once again. I may try again at a later date but at this point it does not seem worthwhile.

Friday, May 15, 2015

CSS Appomattox Brief Update

This month and last month were both slow with sales but that is ok. Still working on getting the edits done. That is turning into a longer process than I had expected.

At this point, it has sold 953 copies in total. Of which 938 are Amazon sales. Definitely Amazon is the biggest fish out there with e-books. The rest of the sales are nearly evenly divided among Drive Through Fiction, Nook, Kobo and Google. I had hopes to break 1000 by the end of the month but that seems unlikely now. Still, its all good considering that I have to get the edits completed. Heck, I am pleased as can be that I have as many reviews as I do on Amazon. 16 reviews on Amazon US and 2 on Amazon UK. I have had a surprising range of sales. US is dominant. But I get regular sales in the UK as well. Australia is the next country that I get some decent sales out of, followed close behind by Canada. What has been a surprise is the readers from other countries. They have only been a small handful but it was interesting to see. I have sold at least one book in Spain, France and Italy. All in all, I have to say, that my experiment in online publishing of fiction is a success.

I would like to get some more work out there. I have experimented with putting up a couple of story ideas on both Wattpad and WriteOn but I obviously have not mastered how to market those items as neither story has gained any traction on either site. The Christmas/Holiday story is out of season which may be why that one has had little traffic but the sci-fi one has gathered no readers at all. I am still a complete beginner at this so I still have much to learn.