Arcane’s discovery phase began about September 2013 on that site, and peaked in January. From January to March, there’s been a decline in copies sold there, which I suspect will continue until I release Book 3.
On the other hand, a new discovery phase began on Amazon.com in February, and has continued to the point that April may be my best sales month to date for the year.
I won’t know until the end of May if April is a peak Amazon.com sales month, or if it’s still a discovery phase month.
Note: I’ve seen other authors mention that months with new releases are peak sales months for them, with sales declining over the following months (which makes sense). It sounds as though a new release every three months, and near the start of a month, is a solid publishing plan.
That’s not to say that earnings declined a lot. They actually didn’t, thanks to readers coming back to buy my other titles, some of which are higher priced than the Discord Jones titles.
Although 23 fewer copies sold in February than January, actual earnings were about $17 higher. With 21 less sales in March than February, earnings did drop a rough guesstimate of $44. I have to wait for the payments to have the final numbers.
Right now, my books are earning, on average, only a few hundred dollars less per month than my salary at my last, full-time retail management position. Bonus: I’m not on my feet 70 hours per week with my back screaming at me (I injured it while at that job).
It’ll be interesting to see what happens when I release the third Discord Jones novel, Save the Last Vamp for Me, which I hope to do next month. I’m also wondering what will happen with non-series releases. Will they cause sales bumps, and if so, will they be small or large bumps?
By the way, having luck strike doesn’t mean any laurel resting is in line. The hard work’s only beginning. It’s up to me to make some changes in order to encourage sales to not only continue, but grow. I have to buckle down, do some re-organizing and better habit building to A) focus on the series that’s selling, and B) finish more projects and release them, period.
Which is what I’m working on.