I’ve had 23 titles available for sale at different points in time. Of those, 10 are currently available for sale.
Out of those 10, three have earned out their expenses and are making money now. The other 7 are still in the hole on their expenses.
The 13 that aren’t currently available for sale consist of 11 retired, and 2 that have accrued some expenses, but aren’t ready to be sold yet. Two of those retired didn’t earn out their expenses.
The other 9 earned out their expenses and were making money. They were retired either because I decided that they sucked (the original 3 Shadow Connor stories), or because they were 99c-$1.99 short stories and I’ve pulled them because I’m not offering anything with a cover price of less than $3.25 for now (except first in a series titles, which will be $2.99).
For the five After the Fall titles I have available, Hunter’s Edge (novel) is the only one that’s making money. The other four still need between 53-80 sales to finish earning out their expenses.
Deadlands Hunt, my Western paranormal romance (werewolf cowboys!), is currently my worst performer. Which is interesting, because it’s also my most reviewed for sale title, and has good reviews. I think the fact that it’s a ‘sweet’ romance (no on page sex scenes) has hurt its chances. Chase and Amethyst are private people, all right?
The Contract Bride short (retired) and Rift: A Wolven Tale (novelette) are tied as my best earners.
I used the phrase ‘making money’ in place of profits, because the sales for those which have earned out expenses isn’t yet profit. Rather, those sales are starting to cover my ‘paycheck’ – my wage for the work I did writing, etc. on each.
And they have a long way to go on that, before they actually start turning a real profit. The good news is, I’m finally beginning to get paid for them! Yay!
Possibly more interesting news is that most of those now making money haven’t yet sold over 100 copies each. Between lower expenses thanks to self-publishing, and my chosen pricing schedule, they don’t have to sell many copies in order to break even on expenses and start making money.
I’ll be releasing my 24th title soon (Arcane Solutions, #1 for the Discord Jones series), which will skew the data to 11 available, 3 earning money, and 8 still earning out expenses.
It’s my 2nd ‘real’ novel length work (over 70k), and with its total expenses at this point, will need to sell 580 copies to earn expenses back and break even. I don’t have it back for final edits yet, which will add to my time spent working on it, but right now, I have 351 hours invested in it.
Basically, another 4,260 sales required for me to receive a paycheck for it, or over 4800 copies sold before it begins earning an actual profit.
Based on my experience so far, that means I can expect to see it begin earning a profit in 2149.
Doesn’t seem to make much sense writing the other 8 titles for the Discord Jones series, when I put it like that, huh? That’s about 20-30 years after it moves into public domain!
On the other hand, for those of you who have asked about my having print books for sale, CreateSpace has decided to stop charging for the Pro Plan upgrade.
That means it’ll be less expensive for me to release paperback versions, so they should be available far more quickly than I originally planned. Thank you, CreateSpace.
I do believe that’s it for me right now. Keep your eyes peeled for Arcane Solutions‘ release!
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