I did the math for ESEW and since taking it out of Kindle Select back in March, it’s sales everywhere outside of Amazon account for only 13.4% overall, maybe 15% if I’m going to be generous. Amazon still makes up the bulk of the sales, all 87% or given the generous 15% rate, 85%.
That’s 85% of total sales in the last three months since it’s been out of Select.
I’ve also crunched these numbers against the advertising I spend each day. Yes, I still advertise this baby with links to all vendors and Amazon still outsells all vendors combined every single day.
It got me thinking about how, as authors, we think with our hearts instead of our minds.
Heart: I want everyone to discover Dax and Harlow. I want their story to reach far and wide. It’s beautiful and it needs to be out there.
Mind: Shut up, heart. The numbers don’t lie. They haven’t been lying to you for the last three months. 85% is 85%, no matter how generous you want to be with your figures.
So Dax and Harlow are spending this weekend WIDE before they go into Select for the summer. Here’s the boost for the next 3 days:
In the writing front, I’m over-extended. I’ve already over-extended myself with the Kindle Worlds story, spending close to two months agonizing over what ended up to be 17K words of a story I can’t advertise as much as my other books because it is straight up EROTIC ROMANCE. Heck, maybe just erotica will do. I don’t even know if it’s a smart move to release it under my name. It’s one thing to say, hell yeah, I wrote straight up erotica! I knew I could do it! It’s another thing to put it up next to all my books that are of a more serious nature (even if they fall under contemporary romance).
(Sigh) Heart VS Mind.
I’m also supposed to be part of a charity anthology in the fall. Deadline for submitting the stories is July 1st and that’s another over-extension I don’t need. I need to tend to my own stories and they’ve been neglected now for the last two months. I have a pre-order, for crying out loud. I’ve got my books to tend to.
Heart VS Mind.
Alright, enough whining. I’m heading back to work.
EDITED TO ADD: This is me in panic mode.