The Fall first went live in paperback on April 21st, 2010. That means that Jesse and myself ave been going at this little thing called publishing for a year now. This is as good a time as any to get everyone up-to-date on how the experience went for us.
As I said, we released the first book on April 21st. In the last nine days of that month we sold 15 copies of the book - exclusively to family and friends. I watched our rankings drop and thought, "well, this is how it's gonna be. We're a hit!"
Sales dropped in May, and we saw little to no movement. In that time I decided we best get into this burgeoning ebook market. On June 5th we released The Fall on the Kindle, and again I thought things would just take off.
I sold a grand total of 5 ebooks that month.
However, this slow progress didn't deter me. I kept plugging away at other projects while constantly updating our books with new corrections and edits. I started my review blog, "Journal of Always", in July, and started to gain some exposure. By the time October rolled around, when I took part in Amanda Hocking's "Zombiepalooza", her dedication to Halloween, things really started to take off. In November we broke 100 sales in a month for the first time, along with releasing "The Gate: 13 Dark and Odd Tales". We were on our way.
So here we are now, with three books out there and one more to be released this coming June. Our sales have been relatively consistent and we've made some more-than-significant progress. Reviews have been (mostly) good and the reception has been greater than I would've hoped.
I know some people only believe numbers, however, so here you go. This is how our books - The Fall, Dead of Winter, and The Gate - have fared over the last year:
The Fall: The Rift Book I
Paperbacks Sold - 65
Ebooks Sold - 2783
Total Sold - 2848
Dead of Winter: The Rift Book II
Paperbacks Sold - 19
Ebooks Sold - 1276
Total Sold - 1295
The Gate: 13 Dark and Odd Tales
Ebooks (and Total) Sold - 1254
Overall Sales for TRO Publishing, our little baby here: