I vowed I was not going to check my book sales on a daily or multi daily basis. And I’ve been pretty good about sticking with that.
I know that poetry isn’t always as valued as a novel may be either.
Today I saw another author who had mentioned that he had sold less than 100 books – and he has published two so far with another on its way. That got me started thinking about my book sales. I don’t really have a comparison to know whether my book sales are going good or not. And certainly no poetry books to compare myself to. But at least now I have a fiction writer to compare myself against. Even though it is an oranges and grapes thing.
I added up all my book sales – 3 books, both in paperback and Kindle. And I actually totaled just over 100 books sold since February. Plus all the free copies during my giveaway.
I think that isn’t too bad really. Of course, my newest book has stalled completely. Is it because it is summer? Is it because I quit hounding people about it? Is it because it is poetry? Too long? Too short?
That’s the problem, we really don’t know why books aren’t selling or why they are. All I know is that I keep writing and I will keep publishing. I learn something new all the time and I am convinced that I am getting better. I’ve been in a bit of a writing slump this summer, but I know that is not a permanent condition and I am putting together an amazing collection of poetry again.
I also know that since I’ve learned quite a bit, I’m going to design a cover for Dreams of Love. Currently, it has a stock photo that Kindle made available and it doesn’t match the paperback cover. That bothers me so I want a completely different cover and I have exactly what I want in my mind. I just need to figure out how to do it so I don’t have to pay anyone. I will conquer photoshop.
So, if you haven’t bought any of my books yet, you should do that. Come on, they are only 99 cents each on Kindle.