I’ll never understand how Kindle readers find my books. It’s a complete mystery to me. Mind you, I don’t stay up late at night thinking about it. My first book has been on the Kindle for over a year now, pretty close to two, actually. The best month of sales was last August when I sold twelve copies. An average month brings in about four or five sales. For some strange reason, this month has been particularly good for that first novel. It’s only mid-month and I’ve sold twenty copies. Meanwhile, my second book in a different genre has sold three copies.
What’s so hard to fathom is that the second book is a mystery and it has much broader appeal than the first novel, a nerdy SF book. I was actually concerned that the second book might take off and then I’d have to rush to get another mystery written this summer for release next year. But as it happens, the SF book is gaining momentum and the mystery is just there, collecting dust. So while the second book is beyond a doubt the best thing I’ve written, it languishes at the bottom of the Kindle barrel.
Like I said, I’ll never understand it. But I will respect the numbers and start writing the prequel to the first book, this summer.