August Stats, Free Ebook Day Announcement & Websites I Like

I have heard of the summer slump in regards to books but I didn’t really believe it until I looked at my numbers for last month. I can honestly say that August hasn’t been my month and it didn’t help that for most of the month I was ill so I couldn’t update here or on my Twitter or Facebook. It might seem like I am complaining but I’m not; I am very grateful for every one of my sales that I have gotten over the past three months. I can’t thank you all enough!

As it is a new month, I’ve decided to set a new price for “Forgotten” and you can check out the details on my site which can be found here. I also should mention that “Forgotten” is going free this Thursday 6th September for one day only.

I wish I could give everyone an update on the progress of “Masquerade” (ITS, Book Two), or even the status of when “Forgotten” may be in print, but alas all I can say is that I am working on both projects (and a few others beside) and for everyone to watch this space.

Anyway, on to the numbers… when I decided to post my stats I made a promise that I would post them no matter what the numbers may be. I hope that someone finds these monthly stats posts useful.

August Sales
Amazon US – 21
Amazon UK – 4

Total – 25

Again, I want to say I am grateful for every sale as it all adds up. I hope that in September that I will be able to promote my book more and maybe the upcoming free day will give it a bit of a boost.

On a more cheerier note my overall total of books sold (in just under three months) – 303 (40 borrows)

Before I sign off on this post I just want to recommend a website that I came across recently called NovelScribe which is aimed at both readers and authors. I hope that it becomes as popular as Fantastic Fiction as that is one of my favourite book listing websites, and NovelScribe looks like it has the potential to be just as good.


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  1. I hope you won’t be too disheartened by the slower sales in August. I think you’ve done really well and I’m so proud of you! That three month total is looking very healthy to me. 🙂

    And I like the look of NovelScribe too. I hope it does well.

  2. I have to remember the mantra of “This is a marathon not a sprint.” Slow and steady, be the tortoise not the hare (even though I really love the hare). As for slower sales I have to also remember that sales will go down but will also up, a bit like a rollercoaster.

  3. I love reading other authors blogs, getting the personal inside track and I certainly enjoyed reading yours. I have just downloaded your “forgotten”, I was notified by indie authors anonymous. It looks great and I’m off to read it in just a few mins. One random question I would like to ask you, how do you make a book free to download? I released my first and second short on KDP and I couldn’t set the price lower than 77p and can’t find a way to promote it our sell it for less, even for a short period of time. I’ve followed you on here, so I’ll be popping in and in touch again. Thank you for allowing me a free download. Speak soon. Simon

  4. Thank you for the lovely comment, Simon! It means a lot to me to receive messages like that. I really hope you enjoy the book and I’m glad to have you here!

    As to your question, to price your book for free you’ll need to be signed up with KDP Select and you’ll get 5 free days to use whenever you wish in a 90 day period. If you’re already in the KDP Select program: login to your account, on the first page (the Bookshelf page) put a tick mark in the box next to your book, and select “Actions”. At the bottom of all the options it should say (under the heading “For KDP Select Books”) “See KDP Select details” which you will need to go to if you are not in the Select program to sign up to it, but otherwise click “Manage Promotions”. On that page it will let you make new promotions for your book where you will be able to set it to free on the dates you wish.

    I hope that helps and makes sense to you. Have a lovely weekend. 🙂

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