My First Year in Publishing, in Numbers

Yes – it really has been a year.  Last Sunrise & Other Stories was first published on the 22nd September 2012.  It’s been an amazing year which I think is best summed up in these numbers…

5 books published.

3,091 books sold,
11,535 books given away,
…making an incredible 14,626 of my books out there.

The book sales break down as follows (in the order they were published)…
64 of Last Sunrise & Other Stories.
1,252 of Wanderer’s Escape.
839 of Dark Soul Silenced – Part One.
537 of Dark Soul Silenced – Part Two.
404 of Wanderer – Echoes of the Past.

493 free copies of Last Sunrise & Other Stories given away.  It wasn’t ever a big seller, but it is doing much better perma-free.

10 paperback sales.  OK, I know where all ten have gone but it has only been a month or so and only Wanderer’s Escape is available so far (watch this space!)

394,600 words published.

17 five star reviews on Amazon

Wanderer’s Escape hit the #1 spot for free Science Fiction at Amazon.com, something that still has me grinning whenever I think of it.

7,032 copies of Wanderer’s given away in the latest 5 day promotion.

32 blog posts and 1,460 spam comments in reply.

25 books sold by January, when the second book was published.  So almost all sales are actually in just eight months, not twelve.

40,000 words written of book three in the Wanderer’s Odyssey series.

And most importantly of all… ZERO regrets at having gone down this path.

So that’s my amazing first year.  I smashed through every one of my realistic targets, and pretty much all of the “Wouldn’t it be amazing if…” targets too.  The reception for Wanderer – Echoes of the Past has been truly astounding.  In just six weeks it has sold 368 copies and the sales are still going strong.  Most of the feedback has been very positive with a couple of exceptions – but I’m quickly learning that you can’t please all the people all the time.

Most importantly of all, I want to say thank you to everyone who has come on this journey with me – both those who have actively helped and those who have read and enjoyed my books.  Thank you all.

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