These past couple of months, the slow, slow sales have comprised the backdrop to rising doubts on my part about my chosen course of self-publishing.
The novels I have up there haven’t been selling much at all–maybe a copy or two a week–while the new anthology that I launched last week has sold exactly one copy (to a friend, who very kindly downloaded a copy shortly after the launch! :-D). Of course, there are mitigating circumstances.
- I am giving away the first novella in the collection. I had 60 downloads of that in the first week. So, many people who downloaded it might not yet have read the novella–and in particular, those who actually like it enough to want to download the full, paid anthology. So even with the free download, it might not have found its audience as yet.
- Short stories don’t sell as well as longer works, apparently. There seems a fair bit of confirmation of this. I don’t know if rebranding it with emphasis on the novellas might make a difference, but I have no plans to do so for now.
And yes, there are a number of additional factors that no doubt go into this. But I cannot help but wonder whether the recent changes at Amazon have just pushed the books out of visibility.
Naturally, there are things I can do to get myself out there. I’ve done a few interviews and hope to do more going forward, but I always wonder how much impact those have. How much of my as-yet undiscovered audience (who will require some convincing that they are my audience in the first place) are likely to find me? Of course, the more places that I am, and the greater number of websites where I have a presence, will mean that there’s a greater chance my audience will find me! But will they?!
These past, slow weeks have made me wonder whether the traditional publishing route is the best one to take after all.