It’s been a year and a month since I last posted on this blog.
I haven’t published a book on Amazon in 9 months.
That book was the last book in my 12-volume Mountain Man Series. The book has sold just 26 copies.
Prior to that, I hadn’t put out a book since April 2017, and another the month before that.
One was Dulce Truths and the other was Rose’s Rage, and they’ve sold 24 and 217 copies, respectively.
So far this year I’ve sold 993 books on Amazon, D2D, and Createspace.
The bestsellers this year are:
- Social Media Politics: 87 sales
- English Rocks: 87
- Colter’s Winter: 79
- Colter’s Hell: 66
- Colter’s Run: 51
- Colter’s Revenge: 36
- Colter’s Friend: 34
- Rose’s Rage: 28
- Clark’s Campaign: 27
- Tarot: The Mystery and the Mystique: 27
Those 10 books gave me 468 sales, or about 50% of my total sales this year.
I’ve made just over $3,000 in book income this year. I’ve made $31,449 from Amazon since 2013 when I started, and probably another $5,000 or so from D2D, Createspace and Smashwords.
I’m pretty happy with that, and also with the fact that my books still sell…and with no marketing behind them whatsoever.
In fact, I haven’t done a paid book promotion since April 2017.
I don’t write much these days because I just don’t have a lot of ideas.
The last few books I’ve put out are just sequels to other books I wrote earlier. I haven’t come up with a completely new story-line idea in years.
I used to come up with a lot, but many of those ideas never really sold. I don’t think they were wastes of time – they got me a lot of practice and improved my skills – but the marketplace wasn’t favorable to them.
I do get some good reviews from time to time, such as these:
Colter’s Friend, 5-stars
“This book was very good. Things didn't turn out the way you thought they would. I would recommend this book highly. I have been to the Three Forks recently and while reading this book I could picture the landscape.”
Dulce Truths, 5-stars
“Better than the 1st! I'm loving these books and can't wait for Volume 3..”
Rose’s Rage, 5-stars
“Exciting, educational, and INTERESTING! Considering that I have read this whole series in the last three weeks, it is needless to say these books are almost impossible to put down! I would recommend this series to anyone but especially those interested in historical fiction. I enjoyed it immensely.”
I’m not working on any fiction stuff at the moment, and haven’t done so in months.
The last 'writing work' I did was a few weeks ago when I put out the print version of Dulce Truths, mainly because someone gave it a good review and I thought others might want to read it too. Since then the print copy has sold a few copies, so I guess I was right.
Maybe I’ll get some ideas and start on some new books again. We’ll see. Thanks for reading.