So, last title of the year is up – Mind Link is out now on Smashwords, Kindle, Kobo, DriveThruFiction and XinXii. The Kobo file is a calibre-generated e-pub, so in January I hope to upload a new one. But apparently everybody was uploading like crazy before Dec.21 and the servers couldn’t do the conversion from word.doc to e-pub, so I uploaded the e-pub or would have to send Mind Link to Kobo via Smashwords.
Speaking of which, here are Mark Coker’s predictions for 2013. Personally I hope they manage to simplify a couple of things – mostly the letter for the IRS for anyone needing an ITIN. If I didn’t have Lulu’s letter, I wouldn’t have been able to apply for an ITIN, as Smashwords totally failed to provide me with the said letter – they didn’t even reply to my last e-mail. I gave up on trying to get it from them and in three years’ time, when I’ll need to renew the ITIN request, I’ll write directly to Mark – or maybe I’ll have Amazon’s letter as well, LOL! Here’s to getting that ITIN by next March, in the meantime… and thanks to whoever bought one calendar from Lulu. Not that they’re going to pay me anytime soon (haven’t reached the minimum yet), but this year I doubled whatever I made there since 2009, so I’m not complaining!
To a more expanded calculation of numbers – sales, counted as units sold with a price on (i.e. not counting free downloads – either for sales, review copies, complimentary copies or free titles). This year I counted every unit that brought in some form of payment (usually cents, not dollars, but whatever). As of end of November I had 49 sales on Smashwords, 47 on Kindle and 8 on other retailers. The best seller is Johnny&Marian on Kindle. December started with 9 sales on Kindle and none anywhere else (except the calendar on Lulu) at least until before Christmas.
I’m quite happy with how the year went – I published 20+ new titles (I have now 40 books in My Books folder on my Kindle, but I don’t add the comics to my Kindle, still there’s also the whole of SKYBAND on DriveThruComics that came out this year), and I’m still working on next year’s schedule. Let’s say I kept up with my schedule until June this year, then the second half of the year I improvised and published less prose titles (but then, many were short stories, and as I’m not selling many shorts, I didn’t see the rush to put more shorts out). Next year I’ll try to keep the publishing schedule to the end, but it’s not easy when you don’t know in January which vacations you’ll have and when, LOL!
Anyway, I’m still writing the stories I want, not the ones I think will sell. It’s not an easy balance to find, so again, I’ll point you to a much better post than mine, Kris Rusch’s Where Art Meets Commerce. And please check the comments as well. I’m writing as fast as I can the short stories I want to publish in January, so I can go back to Star Minds and write book 3 – which might end up being a trilogy, because, like Kris, I like to improvise. I outline, but then the story takes me somewhere else entirely, that’s why I never liked querying. It would have meant writing the synopsis when the book was done – and by the time I got a reply I might have changed things anyway. So maybe book 3&4 will be one, but I won’t know until I start writing it, LOL!
Looking forward to working with old and new beta (B-Abby, Kelly, Steph, Chelsea, Camila…) in 2013, and sticking to my favorite editors Cassie McCown, Tricia Kristufek and Katy Soazeva – all wonderful members (the editors, not the betas – at least not all the betas, LOL) of Creative Reviews. Friday is reading year in review… and then last Star Minds Sunday! By the way, in January Sundays will be open again. Either I participate in Six Sentence Sunday again, or I’d love to have guests chatting off. So if you’d like to do a guest post, please contact me so we can decide what to do with it! As long as it has something to do with what I rant… ahem, blog about (movies, books, writing), feel free to shoot me an e-mail, thanks!
Wishing you all a happy end of the year and see you in 2013! Happy writing!