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Barnes and Noble

Barnes and Noble’s PubIt is still wonky. Today I looked and December sales are STILL trickling in. And now the Jan 1-6 sales are starting to grow. But I’m still not showing ANY sales after that. I know that’s not right because I got up to #145 in rank on B & N. This is all so frustrating. I know others are frustrated, too, judging by what I’m seeing on the forums. But I want to know what my sales really are! Waaaaaaaa! Okay, end of crying.

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Today is the first day of ROW80 and I’m really excited. I’m happy to be participating and also happy to help by being a sponsor. I hope I can encourage authors along the way. I have a lot to do tonight, including getting back on the workout schedule (boy, will I be sore tomorrow), but I plan on writing at least my 500 words, and hopefully more.

I was amazed at how my Barnes & Noble sales of Guardian Vampire were so much better than Amazon. Well, now that’s changed, and Amazon sales are better than B & N now. Amazon sales are definitely better for my other titles, but part of that is due to the fact that I can’t get B & N to take down the Smashwords versions, and though I’ve opted out of B & N on Smashwords now, they haven’t done anything about it either. Which divides my sales up on those titles depending on which one the customer happens to click on. And I don’t know how many I’ve sold of the Smashwords version until B & N sends those reports. Grrrrr. The real time reporting was one of the reasons I chose to go with PubIt! instead of staying with Smashwords. Plus, the titles are much more searchable now. Of course AFTER I decided to make the change, THEN Smashwords announces that B & N is paying 60% on the titles through Smashwords. Grrrrr again.

I hope everyone had a Happy New Year!

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I’ve been very disappointed in my books sales on Amazon. I thought there would be a sudden rush of sales because of new Kindles. Sales are still trickling. Although, last year, when I first got my Kindle, I downloaded the Stephen King book I wanted and didn’t download anything else until I was finished with it. So I’m still hoping the rush will come.

On the other hand, sales of my new book, Guardian Vampire, are doing well on Barnes and Noble. I’m selling about four times more of that particular book on B & N than on Amazon. And, so far, I’m still averaging a 5 star rating. Yay! I finally got into the 4 digit numbers there. I got into the three digits numbers with Club Blood last summer on Amazon, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed with Guardian Vampire…if not on Amazon, then on B & N. :0)

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June was a great month for sales for a lot of people. I thought July was going to be a dud, but it turned out better than I thought. But not necessarily for my biggest seller. I finished up at a total of 35 fewer books sold in July than in June. But the percentage of copies sold of each book was completely different. Here’s how it worked out on percentages of total sales.

June: A Rocky Path 1%, Club Blood 88%, See Me 10%, Starfane 2% (comes to 101% because of rounding)

July: A Rocky Path 4%, Club Blood 69%, See Me 20%, Starfane 7% (100%)

I don’t know why the sales of the other books went up and Club Blood went down. (Probably because I lowered the price on A Rocky Path and Starfane, even though they are longer.) But honestly, I would rather it be that way than have my sales depend on one book. Starfane is fairly new, so it hasn’t had as much exposure. Hopefully, sales on that one will get better since it’s my favorite. It may not be my best one, I just don’t know, but it’s my favorite.

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Stats

My rank on Amazon for Club Blood is back to 3 figures today. After hovering in the 1,000’s for several days, it’s back down to 686, and it’s number 11, 16, and 16 in categories. (My lowest rank was 454). I usually stay in the top 15 or so in Romantic Suspense. I can’t post my sales from Amazon because of a change in terms which was discussed on Zoe Winters’ blog. So I’ll do like she did and say that I’ve sold almost 1,000 books, but I can’t say what the sources are. June has been by far the best month. I’ve sold 5 times more books in June than in May.

I’ve got to work to be more visible on the internet. For instance, I need to figure out how to draw people to this blog. One of the reasons I don’t post much is because only a couple of people bother to even read it. I need to be more aggressive. I just haven’t figured out how yet. I’ll get there.

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