It’s coming up on a year since I started this publishing journey and I figured it was time to take stock. I have been immensely grateful for many other authors who have generously shared their publishing experiences online, including their sales numbers and tips about what worked for them…and what didn’t. Without their transparency, I would not have had the courage to leap into this journey myself. Without the benefit of their shared wisdom, I would have made way more mistakes than I have! Valuable resources for anyone considering self-publishing, I am indebted and inspired by the experiences of:
Catherine Ryan Howard
When authors have shared their sales numbers, it has been motivating because it showed me that yes, it IS possible to take a book that agents and publishers said NO to, and earn money from it. One of my favorite thoughts from Konrath, goes along the lines of – “Any writer who can put food on the table from their writing – is a success. Regardless whether that meal is steak and champagne OR macaroni and cheese…” (or in our case, rice and tuna)
A recent survey showed that the overwhelming majority of self-published authors, earn less than $500 a year from their books and only a few earn a full-time income from their writing. Self-publishing is not for the faint hearted. Or the lazy. Or those in search of a quick buck. It requires creativity in one’s approach to promotion and marketing and relies heavily on teamwork. I have been blessed to have the support of many other professionals in their fields, ranging from photography to writing/blogging to sports to fashion and blessed with the support of fantastic readers. With everyone’s help, the Telesa Trilogy has been able to find readers worldwide.
Am I selling zillions of books and living on Easy Street? No. But I’m happy to be living my dream-job, writing full-time. And that meal of rice and tuna, bought with money from a book that thirty lit agents said no to? Believe me, it tastes a lot like steak and champagne!
Joining the ranks of other authors who step up and share their numbers, here’s mine. For everyone and anyone who contributed to these stats by supporting the Telesa Trilogy books – thank you. Faafetai lava.
Books Sold Since October 2011
Electronic Books Online
1. Telesa:The Covenant Keeper – 3,885
2. When Water Burns (released Jun 2012) – 2,160
3. Afakasi Woman (released Mar 2012) – 406
Print Books – 5434
Total Books Given away Free 37,071
Electronic books – 36,851
Print books – 220
Total Books Sold: 11, 885