I don’t have a lot of progress to report this week, not in the actual writing department anyway, but I did a giveaway of my books for the Independence Day celebration. Wow! The cozy mystery won hands down, with 1197 downloads, compared to less than 30 on the romance books.
I believe that’s kind of branded me in the cozy department. That’s actually a good thing because I do need to stick to one genre with my main pen name. When I need a break and want to write romance, I have a pen name for it too. I just don’t want to spread myself too thin trying to keep up with a bunch of pen names.
So, you’re probably wanting to see my giveaway results. I was kind of blown away since it was my first giveaway. The numbers don’t lie, so cozy is where I need to direct the majority of my focus.
The service I use is called Book Report, if you’re interested in it. It’s a browser extension. You simply go to your Reports page in KDP and then click the little bookmarklet you’ve installed. The results are so frickin’ easy to read.
Here’s the first screen shot of the giveaway totals:
And, the next screenshot is my income for the past 3 months. The above shot only shows income for the month of July, so far. As you can see it’s not all that great, but considering I’ve only had one real cozy published (and the sales are mostly from it) I’m not unhappy with the numbers. As I get more books published and get more established, the numbers will come up.
At first glance, you kind of think, “Man, that was a lot of work for so little money.” But, I’m in this for the long game. Over time each book will earn that per month, and then per week, and will grow from there. The key is to keep publishing until you have a good backlist. That’s the part that takes time, getting those books written and published.
I’m not a really fast writer and I’m even slower at editing, but it will happen. I want it to happen so I’m going to keep at it.
Like I said, I didn’t do a lot of writing this week, but I did plan out a new cozy mystery and have started writing on it. So far, I’m really liking the idea/premise and the 3 main characters. They are 3 middle-aged spinster women who live in a rural area. Nothing much ever happens in their little neck of the woods. Of course, now that they’re going to be in a book the murders will start happening and they’ll have to stay on their toes.
I don’t want to give away too much of it yet, so you’ll just have to wait to see what it’s about.
That’s it for me this week. Have a great week!
All the best,