Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Da Numbers

Since we are three months into the year, I figured that I should be totally transparent with my sales and clue all you guys in on how my books are doing. They are progressive but I still want to get over a certain mark. If I can go over 500 copies for both paperback and ebook, I'll be happy. But, then again, I don't have many books out. But there will be more. I just have to get them out there. I'm going to be experimenting with different ways of promotion. Being a full-time writer is my ultimate goal and I want to see if I can get that publishing contract this year. Lord willing, it will happen.

Now that I think about it, the only avenue I haven't gone down is completing a book trailer. Book trailers can be a risky business. I've seen hundreds on youtube. Very few drew me into the book. Many of them are title cards, made in windows movie maker, with four still pictures and about one minute of mood music, but I want to go beyond that. I want them to actually look like movie trailers. Some have a strong opinion about that, saying that if you cast actors and film scenes that that will be misleading your audience. I say casting actors YOU, as an author, know fit the part and filming the scenes YOU envisioned in your head is more engaging. A perfect example would be the recent book Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. After seeing that trailer, I was sold on getting this book by any means necessary. After all, you created this world in the book, so why not give people a glimpse of what that world looks like. Over the next few months, when I have time of course, I'll be filming snippets here and there for the book trailer of For What It's Worth. I've had the storyboard sheets stashed in my desk for the longest time. Hell, I may even go one step beyond and show you some behind the scenes.

For now, here are the total amount of books I have sold -

Mr. Dead Eyes -
Total Ebook Sales: 28 ebooks

For What It's Worth -
Total Ebook Sales: 123 ebooks
Total Paperback Sales: 21 books

1 comment:

Elisa said...

Those are excellent numbers, Rob. Keep it up!