Wednesday, January 4, 2012

New eBooks for a New Year

I haven't done any eBooks since October, and I wasn't, of late, really in a mood to do any more; not for any particular reason, but for a certain lack of je ne sais quoi and a general alignment towards laissez faire writerism.

Then I read Annie Bellet's year-end recap of her eBook sales. Annie's doing quite well for herself in the indie publishing realm: she's made $3,000 this year, which, by my reckoning, is absolutely fantastic. My nod to Ms. Bellet's literary skill and business acumen.

What really drew my attention, though, was how her sales broke down: namely that more than half of her sales were for short stories. Although I've only published short stories myself, that never before divested me of the opinion that short stories should, theoretically, not sell well. I based this on the fact that novels are more bang for your buck, and, honestly, that, despite being a short story writer, I very rarely read short fiction.

Annie's numbers made me think otherwise. Maybe she's got more "eCred" on account of the novels and collections she does have out there, but the brute reality is that she's mostly selling (volumetrically) short stories.

Thusly: on to the bandwagon, with me!

Of course, making eBooks isn't just about making money: I find it to be pretty fun, mostly because it gives me an excuse to diddle around in Photoshop to make covers, but also because it's super gratifying to see "thine eBook" and "thine Amazon store." Annie's post reminded me of what I can do as a writer (i.e., other things than just writing). So, I present to thee, one and all, my latest two eBooks, a pair of fantasy tales from the deep history of the Everlasting Planets: "The Clockist" and "The Master is Equal Parts Guile and Evil." Enjoy!



  1. I didn't bother to report my numbers (less than Annie's, due to the eCred [good word]), but I can guarantee that short stories do, indeed, sell.

    I don't have enough books up yet to declare a ratio, though.

  2. [Oh, the comment form ate this bit, to add in to the end of that...]

    Releasing a short story every week, and a novel every quarter keeps your 'author name' up in the New Releases section of Amazon, and thus has people browsing your whole bookshelf. Hence: more sales.

    Regular releases!: The key to eCred.

  3. Coolio. I've been looking through my library, and I've actually got a 25,000 word novella and even, indeed, a 50,000 word novel on which I might perform some eBookery; so maybe that will deliver unto me even more of the eCred. I suppose it all hinges on whether or not my New Year's motivation lasts...