Below are the non-lettered covers to my soon-to-be-released vampire novella trilogy, Blood of my World, which is a love story with our favorite fanged-undead (nothing sparkly), and also part of a Kindle experiment I’ll be conducting. Actually, this “trilogy” is more just the first three books and first story arc, so there is a beginning, middle and end, but I’m not going to close it off by calling it a trilogy. I think I’m just going to number the books as I already have ideas for a second story arc. Who knows? Might be a long series, with each arc released in chunks of three. We’ll see. Anyway, click the pics below for the full version.
Today is the 28th, which means it’s time to compare last month’s sales numbers of numbers of my love story, April written under then pen name Peter Fox, (which had the old cover) to this month’s sales with the new, and try and determine if a good cover makes a big difference in book sales.
Here are the numbers. My conclusions are below.
February sales: 101 copies, or $418.02 earned on the Kindle.
March sales: 140 copies, or an estimated $586.60 based on the 70% royalty for the Kindle copies.
Not bad. Not huge numbers, but by the time the 31st rolls around, April will have paid my mortgage for the month.
However, does the above mean that a new cover has a huge impact on a book? On the surface, it looks like it, but there’s only a 39-copy difference between this month and last. 39 copies, though I’m happy for readers reading the book, isn’t enough of a jump to confirm that a good cover makes or breaks a book. Case in point, I updated both covers to Blood of the Dead and Possession of the Dead, as as of now, Blood of the Dead is only up by 2 from last month and Possession of the Dead is down by 1 from last month. And those two are priced a dollar cheaper than April.
At best, a good cover can help, but it isn’t a catalyst. Comparing my personal figures for the month just proves my theory that genre is everything in terms of numbers, and I’m going to prove that when I launch my vampire novella trilogy in about two weeks. It’s called Blood of my World, and is a vampire love story over three books. I have a suspicion they’ll do very well solely because it’s vampires and love stories. Watch this space for more info.
And for anyone wondering, yes, I went out of my way to write those books just to make a point about genre being the reason why some books sell like mad and why others don’t.
Really straight forward today:
- Debating on running an experimental comic here on the blog; it’s done. Just needs to be uploaded. It’s about 20 pages, I think.
- Almost done draft two of my vampire novella trilogy. Will finish today and type up changes tomorrow because…
- I’m neck deep in number crunching for the business as the taxman is coming in April and I need to be able to show him something
On a lighter note, the Captain America trailer hits tomorrow. You can count on me posting it here the moment I see it.
I’m wrapping up the final book in the vampire novella trilogy I’m writing, so I need to focus all my attention on that this weekend, starting last night.
As said before, Zomtropolis is a for-fun project for me, so it sometimes needs to take a backseat to other work, namely stuff that pays the bills.
We’ll be back next week with a new chapter, one of which I already have the idea for but just need to write.
Thanks for your patience.