I’m facing a dilemma I didn’t think I would so soon this year.
Basically, book sales haven’t been so great since about August. There was some pick up in September and October, but along came November and back into the gutter they went. And stayed.
How bad do they suck? I’ve sold 4 this month. Sold 9 last month.
Oh my yes, my sales do sucketh the bad right now.
Of course, I may have more sales that I don’t know about just yet, since not all of the Smashwords partners have sent in reports through the end of the year. I’m waiting for 1-2 months’ worth of sales reports to even see what my total sales were for 2011.
With the help of my beta readers, I’ve been trying to get Arcane Solutions ready for final editing, and I think it’s there. However, my expenses for it are going to total just about $1,200, and I ain’t got it right now.
I could ask for donations, I suppose, but I don’t like getting something for nothing, so what I’ve done is post the first part of another story, The Companion, up here on my blog in an effort to do some fundraising for expenses.
I’ll put a new part up each time a total of $10 in tips is made. Everyone who tips receives a free copy of The Companion as an ebook once it’s released. Doesn’t matter how much the tip is, you’ll get a free copy.
Right now, it has received one tip of $5, so is halfway to the second part being posted. People have been great about retweeting the link to it on Twitter, which is much appreciated!
To be honest, I’m feeling pretty discouraged right now, and it’s affecting my drive to get anything accomplished. I’ve written maybe another 2k on Near Dark, which was voted as the next story I should finish, and I’ve finished a first draft of the end of The Companion, so that I have the whole story and won’t have to rush to finish it if people get interested and posting it speeds up a lot.
I’ve been an indie for four years now, with this month being the start of my fifth year. I’d hoped that by now, most of my titles would have earned back all their expenses, and that I’d be making a little profit. Obviously, that hasn’t happened, and I’m taking a good, hard look at how possible my 2012 hopes are.
If my sales stay in this mega suck zone they’ve hit, there’s no way I can afford to release a new title every month. At this time, it looks like Arcane Solutions and Near Dark may be the only titles released this year. I can’t keep pouring money into my business at this rate, and since I’m not going to quit, the only option is to really curb the expenses by not releasing a lot of titles each year.
Which sucks, because more titles equals bigger backlist, and bigger backlist usually equals more sales. Or so they say.
But ya do what ya gotta do, right?
I gotta write, but I gotta make money doing it, since it costs me money.
Anyhoo, if you feel the urge, go read the first part of The Companion. If you like it, toss a tip in.
If you don’t like it, check out my books (where to buy them is at the top of every page!) and see if there’s something that catches your eye. I will hug you for the sale. Virtually, of course. Ahem.