As of today I have sold 2,000 copies of Mousetrapped. I’m not entirely sure how this happened but I have my suspicions; let’s just say if you live in the UK and you got a Kindle for Christmas, we are now best friends. And since my original goal was to sell 1,000 copies by March 29, 2011 – or within a year – I think it’s pretty sweeet.
What’s even sweeter is that things seem to be really speeding up. On September 1 last (when I did my six months ‘Big Reveal’) I’d sold 531 copies. I hit 1,000 on November 15. Amazon.co.uk’s Kindle store sales went especially mental over Christmas, overtaking my Amazon.com Kindle store sales for the first time ever, and then leaving them behind in the dust.
I sold more e-books in the month of December than I did any kind of books in my first four months of sales (and that included a book launch).
At this rate by the end of January I’ll have earned around $1,700 just on Amazon Kindle sales this month.
When I worked full-time in Florida as a front desk agent, my take-home pay was about $1,300 a month.
You can see why I’d be happy. More on all this at the end of the month, when I’ll be explaining why I’m no longer thinking of Mousetrapped as a self-publishing success, but an e-book self-publishing success. With graphs and charts and crap.
None of this, by the way, is to prove anything about self Vs traditional publishing; my ultimate goal has always been and still is to get a book deal with a major publishing house. Rest assured I’m still wrinkling my nose at blog posts that use terms like gatekeepers and The Big Six. But this way I can afford the ink cartridges, fancy pens and coffee beans I need to get my novel written.
So you know that dusty old manuscript you were thinking that maybe you’d release an e-book? Drop what you’re doing and upload it now.
(And if you have an e-book for sale already on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk, run over there and tag it ‘Cheap Kindle books.’ Trust me on this one.)