This month I hit a milestone in my self-publishing journey. I sold my 1 millionth self-published ebook.
How cool is that?! I mean, to think that 1 million people have read my book? Kinda mind boggling. Okay, so it’s possible that not all 1 million of them have actually read it, but even that it’s sitting on their ereaders waiting for them is awesome sauce in my opinion.
Just to clarify, I’m not yet in the coveted Million Kindle club (though, I’ve got my sights set on it!!), as these sales have come from Kindle, Nook, iTunes, Sony, etc. So they have been spread out over several different outlets. Just a breakdown of roughly where the sales have come from: about 1/2 Amazon, 1/4 BN, and 1/4 all other outlets (iTunes, Sony, Kobo, Smashwords, ARE).
Just for giggles, I thought I’d add up how many books I’d sold at my former publisher as a comparison to what I’m selling as an indie now. (I currently have books out with two other traditional publishers, but I’m relatively new to them and I’ve not yet received royalty statements from them, so I have no guess as to how many books I’ve sold through them. Okay, I could guess, but it would be just that – a guess.)
My first book was out with Former Publisher in 2006, and my last book was out with them in 2010. I had a total of 7 books and 1 anthology novella published through them during that time. They were not one of the Big 6, but were a large, well known NY publisher with great distribution to all the regular booksellers, including Target, Walmart, Kmart, etc. I’ve even had some of my books in grocery and drugstores through them, so it wasn’t a small independent publisher.
Total paper books sold: 106, 565
Total ebooks sold: 6,242
So in 4 years at a traditional NY publisher, I sold roughly 1/10 of what I’ve been able to sell on my own in just 2 years. And, I should note, that I’m selling the exact same books now that I was selling with Former Publisher.
Isn’t it a great time to be an indie author?