Just dropping in to talk briefly about how Persinette did in its first year (pre-order in March; April 2015- May 2016). For a bit of background, the only paid advertising I did was at the very beginning. Occasionally I dropped the book into free promotional opportunities, but nothing regular. I sought out its first review, but none of the others. The only passive advertising I’ve got going is its book page on Goodreads and the link on my Twitter profile.
I could be missing numbers because I tallied things up really quickly for curiosity’s sake. Canada looks low, for example, but the rough percentages are right:
Sold: 141 copies
Amazon: 116 (US), 9 (UK), 1 (France), 2 (Canada), 6 (Australia)
Total free copies given away during promotion: 113
KU1 borrows, while enrolled the first 3 months: 10
Price point: $0.99
Earning roughly $0.30/book
Royalties: ~ $45
Goodreads: 14 ratings, 4 reviews – 4.14 starred average
Based off this, it’s not worth it to go wide-release with Book 2, considering KU1 gave me 10 borrows while I was enrolled and there’s been no traction at all at the other retailers. So my plan right now is to leave Persinette in wide-release but release all subsequent books as KDP Select/Amazon-exclusive and see where that puts me.
If you happen to be reading this and you’re a Kobo/iBooks/B&N fan, feel free to buy a copy and leave a review on one of the other retailers and change my mind. 😉
And yep, Patreon is still a better “return on investment” than the Persinette e-book, but I’m doing this for love, curiosity, learning, and practice more than anything else.
As for how Book 2 in the French Fairy Tales & Folklore series is coming, I’m almost done with the translation rough/research draft. The fairy tale is 96 pages (17th century style) whereas “Persinette” was 34. It contains two poems, versus “Persinette”‘s one.
It takes me anywhere from a half hour to an hour to work through a page’s rough draft, although the 6-line first poem took me an hour to get to a satisfactory level.
I’ve got several ideas on how I’m going to present the tale in book form, but at this point I’m not sure if it will be released this year or in 2017. We’ll have to see!
ETA: Updated books sold with Apple’s/iBook’s numbers. And they’re all Australians! Hello, Australia!