Authors all crave Amazon ratings. A string of good ratings really can establish a book. This is especially true for ebooks. An ebook with an initial bad rating will die a sudden death. If the first rating is bad then it can kill free downloads. Let alone sales.
Most readers do not give a rating. Even those who really enjoy or significantly dislike the work usually just let it pass. Most of those who do give a rating do so because the book has had an impact upon them. They try to fairly judge the work on what they got for their money. Which is fair enough and what we all want.
So you have published a paperback on Amazon or elsewhere. Well done! There is a legal requirement that you deposit at least one copy with the British Library. This is the famed Legal Deposit you have probably heard of. Here is what to do and what to expect.
There are many head winds facing a self publisher. One of these is the cost of buying an ISBN in the UK. The price structure for buying ISBN’s strongly favours big companies while severely penalizing small publishers.
If you are publishing a single book and so just want one ISBN, you will get hit the hardest of all.
This is the price structure for buying ISBN’s in the UK as of today.
Nobody is going to get rich writing niche non-fiction books on local history or other similar narrow niche topics. But if you can get a some sales it will give you a great feeling. You will have provided a useful resource to the community.
If you are lucky, writing a niche non-fiction book might allow you to buy a few beers. But you most certainly should not give up the day job! So if you want to maximise the number of beers what should you publish? An ebook? A paperback? Or both?
The existing Chalk Ridge Publications posts are mainly concerned with the reality of publishing on Kindle. They are still relevant and I hope you may find them useful. They are available from the drop downs in the menu above.
This site has been in the Doldrums for a year or so. A poor web-host with an overloaded server gave dismal access. Like so many other bloggers stuck with a sub-optimal host and 10 second load times I lost faith, even though when folk could get the site to load they gave positive feedback.
Hopefully this dismal load speed has now been fixed (at least it seems better so far!).
NOTE: This is about novellas, short stories and other ebooks that do not sell. It is not about the Zombie novellas as a genre!
OK, lets say your novella or short story sold a few copies then went into rapid decline like This One did. Now, two years on, instead of giving you that small but consistent income you were hoping for, it has dropped to a sales rank so high it resembles the number of dollars you were dreaming of making when you started writing.
What should you do?
In the last post I displayed the statistics for the first of three short stories I wrote a few years ago. The sales performance of this first ebook was hardly spectacular. But it took less than a day to write, format and then submit. It was also just an experiment. So taking all into account, it wasn’t bad. I made a couple of hundred quid. In this post I want take a real no-hoper and do some sales analysis.
In my last post (Here) I looked at how the ebook Novella and short story market appears to be overcrowded. I went on to surmise though that maybe it is not as bad as it first looks. Could it be that as most novellas and short stories seem to have a very brief shelf life? Which would mean the author of a new novella would be competing mostly with corpses.
If that is the case then there is some good news.
The good news is that the market is not swamped. Or at least, less swamped than we thought. Sadly though there is some bad news too.
(It is just old novellas smell funny)
So how do novella sales compare with other ebook formats? Look at this graph I picked up from Data Guy on AuthorsEarnings.com. Like all of the Data Guys information, it is immaculate. Everything on his site is worth a read. (Frankly I’m in awe). There is no reason to doubt the graph below at all. But, I do not think it tells the whole story.
Just to wrap up the last set of blog posts on how many ebook sales you can expect from a specified sales rank, I thought I would just compare the pluses and minuses of Amazon sales rank performance on the different Amazons. The series started On This Link
We know that by far the biggest market for ebooks is the USA. Below is the relative quantity of ebook sales by Amazon in 2017 by English speaking region. Bear in mind Germany is a bigger market than the UK. Japan is nearly as big. There will be more on these two markets in a later post.