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Chupacabra’s Stats

Writing numbers and business-type neepery ahead.

I announced the publication of a story in the Magic ex Libris universe called “Chupacabra’s Song” a week ago, and was curious to take a look at sales channels and such. The short story is available for $.99 at the following outlets:

Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo | Smashwords | Google Play

I haven’t done any channel-specific advertising or anything like that. After a week, the sales break down like so:

  • Amazon: 250
  • B&N: 19
  • Smashwords: 9
  • iBooks: 8
  • Kobo: 6
  • Google Play: 3

Here are the percentages, if you prefer to look at it that way:

Pie chart graph of sales for Chupacabra's Song

That’s a total of 295 sales in a week, which isn’t bad at all. Given the different royalty rates, which range from roughly 35% to 50%, I’m guesstimating the story has earned a little over $100 in royalties. Not bad for a reprint, especially considering there will probably be some additional sales trickling in over the coming months and years. I’ve more than earned back the money I invested to prepare and publish the story.

Has it covered the time I invested? That’s a harder question, and depends on how I assign an hourly worth to my time. I’m leaning toward no, because I spent a fair amount of time prepping things, getting the files uploaded to various sites, and so on. But I’m okay with that. I’m happy about getting the story out there for more readers, and as a proof-of-concept, it certainly shows there’s a bit of demand.

Remember, this story was a reprint, so some folks had already seen it. A longer, original piece will likely do significantly better.

My thanks once again to everyone who picked up a copy. Especially those of you who posted a review at Amazon, Goodreads, and elsewhere. Very much appreciated.

Tune in next week for even more charts and data, as I pull together the 2015 writing income report.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 3rd, 2016 01:49 am (UTC)
I got it, read it, and loved it. (I'm one of the Amazon 250.)
Jan. 3rd, 2016 01:52 am (UTC)
Thank you :-)
Jan. 3rd, 2016 03:16 am (UTC)
No, no, sir. Thank you.
Jan. 3rd, 2016 11:22 pm (UTC)
I didn't see the announcement, so +1 to Amazon from me.

Edited at 2016-01-03 11:23 pm (UTC)
Jan. 3rd, 2016 11:49 pm (UTC)
Thank you :-)
Jan. 5th, 2016 12:54 pm (UTC)
I have not yet got my copy (busy couple of weeks) so I want to know- which site pays you the most? And which the least? If I'm going to buy ebooks, I want the authors to reap as much of the reward as I can manage and that info is not very available.
Jan. 5th, 2016 06:26 pm (UTC)
To be honest, there's not much of a difference. On a 99 cent story, it's a few pennies either way. So I'd go with whatever site is most convenient for you and your reading.

And thank you :-)
Jan. 10th, 2016 10:15 pm (UTC)
For what it is worth, I'm more likely to buy a longer piece or a collection of shorter pieces rather than a single short story. I do intend to buy “Chupacabra’s Song” at some point though, perhaps after I've made a dent in the large stack of paper books I acquired over the holidays.
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