My sales suck this month.
I've heard it all before from the "seasoned vet" self pub authors, that it takes time for your book to catch on. I believe that on some level, but a part of me worries that maybe my book will never catch on--and that's a scary thought.
One of my biggest gripes is self pub authors who pretend that they're successful. Honestly, who are you clowns kidding? For example:
Exhibit A: The other day, I got a book recommendation on Goodreads. I always take a glance at my recommendations, and the message that came along with the rec was something like, "I just published my book "..." and the reviews are already flying in..."Are you kidding me? The reviews are NOT flying in, you delusional nut. The only reviews flying in are those that you solicited from your friends and family and other randos who helped in the production of your book. And I looked at your book, hon, and your grammar and writing are in the low-success department. Don't quit your day job. And by God, DO NOT, as an author, recommend your own book on Goodreads--that's against the rules and horribly vain. Readers, NEVER trust a self pub book with a ton of 5 star reviews from the first week of publication--they're seldom credible and usually horribly inaccurate.
Exhibit B: I came across an author who had the words "NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR" on his new book cover. Those words are the be-all end-all for a writer--the white whale, the holy grail, golden ticket, the White Castle at the end of Harold and Kumar--every writer desperately wants them. I saw that on this dude's book cover and I was shocked, because if you're a bestseller, why on earth are you slumming in the self-pub world? Make like Amanda Hocking and get yourself a book deal. So anyway, I did a little good old fashioned googling and I discovered that this n00b's book is rated like, 315,000 on Amazon. Bestseller my butt. Apparently, once during a free promotion, he got on the top 100 for the Amazon list (alongside like iPhone adapters and oven mitts), and now he thinks he's Michael Crichton. The NYT Bestseller list is a weekly list, that requires you to be successful for one WEEK, not an hour. Furthermore, he wasn't even in the top 10. Sheesh. Nobody's fooled.
Exhibit C: Authors who go online and say "Boo hoo, I've only sold one book today. I sell much more every day." Something to that effect. There are a bajillion books on Amazon.com, and while some writers are selling a book a day, most aren't. End of story. I'm certainly not selling a book a day, and that's fine because it's not atypical or pathetic by any means. Let's just be real with each other.
However, I will note that April is a particularly slow month for book sales. I'm not sure why. Maybe it's because everyone is spending 10 dollars buying the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy and they've maxed out their book budgets. Maybe it's taxes. I don't know. But people aren't buying right now.
I actually had atypical success in my first month of sales, compared to many others. I don't pretend to sell a ton of books, but most self pub authors report 0-10 sales in the first month, including family. Excluding family, I did better than that. Now, my sales are really slow and it saddens me.
So, I have determined that I must make a paperback version of my book through Create Space. After that, I will remove my book from KDP and put it onto other purchasing channels to expand potential readership.
Things to consider and tweet/comment about:
-Do your April sales suck?
-Do you trust Amazon.com reviews?
-Do you have a paperback version of your book?
I hope sales look up in the coming months for everyone.
ALSO, please check my 'Sample Swear' if you would like me to read your book sample.