What I would have done differently:
- Set a release date and get the paperback and kindle version released on the same day
- Have a few proof copies to give away a month before the release date, instead of after the release date
- Advertise better - share excerpts, create a blog hop or tour, get the word out there - submit to bloggers
- Set up my Amazon Author page in advance - instead of after the release (which, I will never have to do again)
- Set up the information on goodreads in advance so that the release can be put on new release lists - and do an early giveaway copy
I would say: Decently.
It was released partway into December, so it didn't even have a full month. The sales break down is below.
Total sales: 17
Sales I know were from family: 7
Promotional Copies: 2 (not included in total sales)
- Kindle: 8
- Smashwords: 5
- Amazon Paperback: 4
I wasn't expecting "My Summer Vacation by Terrance Wade" to blow up. I am honestly pleased that 10 sales were not to family members (though I love my family's support). Must mean I'm doing something right.
More planning will go into publishing The Unanswerable, as my first novella. It's funny how vastly different these two stories are. Terrance Wade, the kidnapped 7-year-old who believes he's on an adventure to save the world, vs. Matthew, a man who struggles to keep his family alive at the end of the world.