Just under a month ago, I uploaded the rest of the Matador novels to Amazon.com. While Dan Moran's Fat Sam store is still my market of choice–the links on the right mostly go there–Amazon.com has a bigger pool of readers.
(I can't wait for Amazon.com India to come online, supposedly later this year. More English readers there than in the U.S.)
I didn't expect to blow the bestsellers on Kindle out of the water, nor did I. First batch of these books are twenty-five years old, and most of them long out-of-print. They did sell enough copies to make me smile and shake my head. My best month at Amazon.com.
At this stage, it's all free money.
What I found most interesting was something I had heard from other writers who have ventured into ebookery: The titles I already had up got a bump in sales. Again, not major, no new, custom-made concert-class guitars in my future from the profits, but noticeable. A title that had been selling eight or ten copies a month jumped to twelve or fifteen. Even a couple titles that were moribund trickled up to three or four copies each.
Allowing for the new readers that people got for Christmas, that's still a snowball-effect I find intriguing.
Here's the deal. It sounds like a "Well, duh!" but attend:
The more books you have available, the more sales you are apt to make. I'd heard this from writers who have a backlist a mile long, and it seems to be true in my case.
I can understand why. If you have one book up, it's hard to get it noticed. If people find and buy it, and even if they love it, then they are done–there's nothing else of yours to read. If you have five books up, then if they like one, they will probably at least preview the others.
If you have twenty books up, there's is a built-in momentum factor. Find a writer you like, enjoy one of her books, chances are you will check out her other work. Get into a series, if you are like me, you want to read them all. What happened the character before and after this one?
The rising reader floats all boats ...