Over the weekend I finished up the editing and formatting of The Worms Of Heaven. I’ve uploaded the files to Amazon and Create Space. They are checking them over now, I should hear back on any problems early this week.
What I am thinking this morning is, Thank God that’s over with.
I started writing seriously in the summer of 2011. I launched Catskinner’s Book in summer 2012, Cannibal Hearts in summer 2013, and now The Worms Of Heaven.
This might be the year I break a hundred books sold, total. Maybe. All books, all formats combined. I average selling about one and a half books a month. I think my absolute biggest month was August of last year, when I launched Cannibal and sold eight.
I’ve been averaging losing two to three hundred dollars a year, comparing what I’ve spent on promotion versus what I’ve made in sales.
There are more expensive hobbies, I suppose. But it’s clear that the idea of ever making money doing this is absurd.
Honestly, I don’t understand why. I get a lot of positive feedback on my books, my reviews are very positive. There are a lot of people who are very enthusiastic about my work.
None of that translates into actual sales, though. I’ve tried different promotions, GoodReads, and a couple of different e-book promotion sites, I’ve done author interviews and author spotlights and guest posts. I’ve done giveaways for the e-book, the paperback, and the audiobook. I’ve given away, at a guess, three or four times as many books as I’ve sold.
I don’t know. I’m going to keep writing, but I’ve given up on the whole promotion circus. I can’t afford to keep throwing money away.
Anyway, The Worms Of Heaven should be out by the end of the week. I’ll post the links when it is.