March was the most AMAZING month for me! I am still in shock at how much sales blossomed last month. I think for most of the month, I was riding high on the release of Book 3. Plus, I had a lot of book reviews come out on various book blog sites, and I know that had a positive impact. I owe a lot to all the book bloggers who took the time to read my books and review them.
Most of the sales growth was in the Kindle store. For most of the month, all three of my books were in the Top 1000 sales ranking of the Kindle store, which was super exciting. Beautiful Demons even went up to the mid-300's a couple of times. Unfortunately, over the past few days, the books have slipped all the way to around 1500 sales rank. It's still good, but definitely falling off just a little bit. For example, I sold 171 books March 1st. April 1st, I only sold 121. I'm expecting to see a pretty big dip in April since there won't be a new book coming out this month. I'm trying not to freak out about it. It's only natural that sales numbers will go up and down. I just hope that I see another great month in May when Book 4 comes out. Only time will tell.
Here are my official sales number for the month of March. Definitely my biggest month so far!
BEAUTIFUL DEMONS - Book 1 of Peachville High Demons series - $0.99 (10/31/10)
- Amazon's Kindle Store - 2064 US sales + 10 UK sales = 2074
- Barnes & Noble - 223
- Smashwords - 6
- Total: 2303
- Amazon's Kindle Store - 1648 US sales + 9 UK sales = 1657
- Barnes & Noble - 214
- Smashwords - 2
- Total: 1873
- Amazon's Kindle Store - 1883 US sales + 9 UK sales = 1892
- Barnes & Noble - 371
- Smashwords - 2
- Total: 2265
That number is almost double my number from February. Before March, I had sold a total of 6436 books. That means that in March alone, I sold more books than I had in all four previous months combined! My total books sold right now stands at 12,877!! I look at the number and have to double check just to make sure it's real. I feel so incredibly blessed to have found this kind of success so quickly.
Like I said, my prediction for April is that sales numbers will continue to drop down just a bit. I am guessing my sales total for this month will be similar to Feb.'s 3000 books. Then, hopefully in May with Book 4 coming out, I will see another upswing into the 6000's. If any other Indie authors are checking this blog, do you see constant growth in numbers from month to month? Or have you had a few months where numbers dropped down, then came back up again later? I'm curious to see what other authors are experiencing.
As many of my followers know, for three years, my husband and I have been living off of his salary alone. I quit my job as a music teacher in an elementary school when I moved to North Carolina to live with the love of my life. He was awesome enough to allow me to write full time and spend my days working toward my dream of becoming an author. For the first time in those three years, his sacrifice paid off. I made more money this month than he did, and that's a huge first for us. I hope this is just the first of many successful months as I work toward my dreams.