30 Responses to “I’d Rather be a Sprinter”


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  1. Great post, Nina. Wish it were different results, but I am feeling a little more hopeful after reading it. My sales on Stealing Darkness tanked after the last “free” days. Nothing. Nada. Nope. It’s disheartening. I certainly don’t have the inventory you have, but I would expect some sales. Getting nothing. This is a risk we take, and it would be the same if we had pubbed through a traditional publisher, but it’s hard all the same. Thanks for being so honest about your results and efforts.

    • Nina, it is hard to remember it’s a marthon, not a sprint, especially when we see all these these huge sales numbers. My sales were steadily growing until March, then started to decline in April. Now, I’m selling 1/3 of what I was then. Frustrating, but there’s nothing we can do about it except write more and work toward that same success that authors like Theresa, Bella and Denise are achieving. Good luck.

      • Margery – Well said. And isn’t that the story of most successful writers. Keep writing and publishing the best books possible?

    • Teagan – I’m not part of KDP Select, but I’m hearing similiar stories from authors who have offered their book free recently and aren’t seeing the resulting sales they’d experience previously. It’s a little disheartening to say the least. Hard to say whether it’s Amazon’s algorithms changing the playing field on how books coming off a promotion show up on lists or whether reader’s buying habits are changing or if the time of year is affecting sales. Too many factors to know exactly the hows and whys.

      In publishing it seems 2+2 = a bucket of oranges (or bananas depending on the day) And as a scientist it drives me insane not to have a formula that works every time. LOL!

  2. Your openness about sales is to be commended and is much appreciated. For every big sales figure announcement there’s a cautionary tale, and more modest sales. The good part is that your books won’t go out of print. They will continue to sell because they’re well written, emotional, sexy, and compelling stories. Kudos to you.

    • Susan – I’m glad you find the information valuable. I share for just that reason. I don’t want authors whose sales are modest thinking they’re alone. I believe there are more of us out there than stand up and get recognized.

      And thank you for the compliment on my books, I really appreciate it.

  3. Nina, once again thank you for your openness about your sales. I read “Blind Her With Bliss” and loved it. I think I left you a review. I’ll have to check.

    Your current results are excellent, and I congratulate you. I heard since Amazon changed their algothrims, we’re not getting the huge bumps we used to from offering books free. That’s sure been my experience.

    It is a marathon as you say. I admit that when I read other indie authors say they’re making over $100,000 a month, or are bemoaning that they’ve only sold 2000 books in the first week of the month rather than their usual 25,000, I feel defeated and wonder if I should quit. I won’t, of course, but it’s disheartening when I hear others talk about their “lottery” sized earnings.

    Thank you again for your openness and I hope your sales continue to rise steadliy.

    • Cara – As I’ve said, I think there are more authors like us out there and I’m hoping by sharing my sales they’re not discouraged by their less than stellar royalty checks.

      It’s hard to keep your chin up when we hear about the mega sales happening for many authors. And yeah, it’s hard to be patient for the whole marathon.

      (And thank you for the compliment on Blind. I appreciate the shout out.)

  4. Hey, girl, your numbers are great! Mine are nowhere near that. I’m just happy if I sell one copy a day of each book. :) Slow and steady wins the race (I hope!)

    • Diana – I am pleased by the growth. Slow and steady isn’t in my personality, but I guess I don’t have much choice. LOL!

  5. Nina, thank you for posting this for all of us. This industry is hard and it takes a lot of work. It gives us hope that we can slowly get up there.I hope that next month the numbers are even higher.

    • Savannah – Hard work with a bit o’luck in the whole equation as well. I’m hoping a (quick ;) ) climb month by month.

  6. Loved seeing your numbers. Mine were doing great October, November, December. Going up some every month. January was great then February was even better. Downhill since then and that was with a new book out in February. LOL

    • Jill – You’re a prime example of sometimes there’s no rhyme or reason to any sales. Many authors swear by a new release for popping up sales, but seriously … nothing is guaranteed. It’s one of those 2+2= a rake. LOL!

  7. Thanks for sharing. I appreciate it. I had a very good couple months, which took me completely by surprise. Yes, we are in it for the long haul.

  8. Nina–

    As always, stopping by your blog is an interesting experience. I appreciate your candor.

    I’m one of those authors who is still undecided about indie publishing. I have two re-releases and one front list story sold separately from an anthology on the etailer sites, and am getting ready to list another anthology short story for which I retain the rights. The decision to self-publish a new work, however, is still something I grapple with. If I decide to jump in the pool, I’ll certainly let you know.

    I wish you all the best!


    • Adele – Thanks so much for stopping over. I’m glad you find my blog intriguing. Publishing is a crap shoot. Only the author knows what works for them and their career. Best of luck with your decisions. My crystal ball is out of commission or I’d offer it to you. ;)

  9. Thank you for sharing your results, Nina!

  10. Thanks for all the advice at lunch the other day. I’m going to use it and hope to see some increase in sales. :)

  11. Nina,

    I keep telling myself the following: Small royalty checks are better than NO royalty checks.

    Of course, I’d prefer big ones. ;-)

    • Nina

      Casey – I have to agree with you. I’ve made more on these books in 2012 then I made the two years they were with a publisher … significantly more. I’m just … impatient.

  12. Gayle Latreille

    I think it is awesome that you, along with some of my other favourite authors, are self-pub to enable us to have your fabulous books at a better price rather than being gouged by some of the publishing sites.

    Thanks so much!!


    • Nina

      Gayle – Without having to split royalties between publisher and author it does mean the cost of the book is lower to the consumer. It’s working out all the way around! I’m looking forward to getting a couple more books out this year. *fingers crossed* I’m hoping my readers will be looking for some new reading material! ;)

  13. Nancy Lee badger

    Nina, great post & thanks for sharing. Question: both you & I were winners last March in the Silken Sands Self-Publishing Stars Contest in our respective categories. Do you use that 1st place status when selling your books? Has it helped?

    • Nancy – Glad you found the post helpful. And yes, the Silken Sands win is highlighted in the book’s product description on Amazon. It’s only beneficial if readers are looking at the product page. It’s one of those … if I can’t get them there they don’t see it. :(

      • Nancy Lee badger

        I added the prize banner to my blog AND mention it on the buy page of my three self-pubbed books (as in this author won a prize…) My latest book is finally bringing in some hard-earned money, and the next book in the series is nearly complete!