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Nick Russell
12-05-2011, 11:41 AM
I cannot believe it myself, but on Sunday, my mystery Big Lake (http://www.amazon.com/Big-Lake-ebook/dp/B00522RM48/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1321151688&sr=1-1) sold 1,000 copies on the Kindle bookstore, and has risen to #49 of all paid Kindle books, and #6 of all Amazon Mysteries & Thrillers.

I was reluctant to get into e-books, believing we were still a few years away from them really taking off, but I was wrong. Now I am convinced that if you write a decent book and market it well, the sky is the limit. The old publishing model is history, in my opinion, and we have entered a brand new world.

merrihiatt
12-05-2011, 11:56 AM
Wonderful news, Nick. All your hard work has paid off. Enjoy!!! You deserve every moment of it. I couldn't be more thrilled for you!

Kathleen_
12-05-2011, 12:16 PM
Wow, that's fantastic! Well done!

Elvirnith
12-05-2011, 01:06 PM
That's fabulous. It's why when people compliment me on how many I've sold I just kind of shrug and think to myself, "I haven't achieved anything yet." I have a long ways to go.

shaldna
12-05-2011, 02:49 PM
That's great news Nick.

Isabella Amaris
12-05-2011, 03:28 PM
Congratulations!:)

Macca
12-05-2011, 04:55 PM
Wow! That's incredible. Well done & congratulations, Nick.

Wayne K
12-05-2011, 04:58 PM
This means you're buying :)

Congratulations. Sounds like you're doing great

pengwinz
12-05-2011, 07:39 PM
Love hearing these kinds of stories. Keep up the good work, Nick!

Nick Russell
12-05-2011, 07:41 PM
Thanks everybody. I'm working on a sequel now. I think I'm more nervous about it than the first. I keep asking myself "What if it flops and you're a one hit wonder?"

Ari Meermans
12-05-2011, 07:45 PM
It won't and you're not. :)

Congratulations, Nick!

StoneWheller
12-05-2011, 08:36 PM
This is great news! I'm happy for you. I want to know what you did to promote the book.

Shika Senbei
12-05-2011, 08:41 PM
I want to know what you did to promote the book.

Me too!

Nick Russell
12-05-2011, 08:44 PM
Here is a blog post I wrote a while back about my marketing efforts
http://publishing4profit.com/blog/2011/08/04/how-i-sell-e-books-q-a/

Misfit
12-06-2011, 12:25 AM
Thats awesome news, Nick. Congrats

J. Tanner
12-06-2011, 01:01 AM
Congrats, Nick.

I've been following your progress from your other thread and, while good news, that sounds like an extreme jump rather than a gradual climb.

My guess from your prior posts was you were selling maybe 5-10 copies a day.

Is that basically true of the days prior to Sunday, or did you gradually climb to days of 50, 100, 500, etc before hitting this mark?

(If it's an instant jump you'd think it must have been caused by some specific event...?)

brianjanuary
12-06-2011, 03:19 AM
Awesome! I love it!

Brian January
http://amzn.com/B005WM0HN6 (http://amzn.com/B005WM0HN6)
http://amzn.com/B006QCZF3S (http://amzn.com/B006QCZF3S)

merrihiatt
12-06-2011, 05:47 AM
I believe Nick was already seeing an increase in sales each month and then when he got a new cover, it jumped up even quicker in the Amazon rankings.

Nick, you're not a "one hit wonder." This is only the beginning. People like your style of writing, that won't change.

Hiroko
12-06-2011, 06:37 AM
With this information, world domination for you is ever closer...

Just kidding. Congratulations; if this first book is selling well, why wouldn't the sequel? Consumers love sequels!

Lady MacBeth
12-06-2011, 06:41 AM
Thanks everybody. I'm working on a sequel now. I think I'm more nervous about it than the first. I keep asking myself "What if it flops and you're a one hit wonder?"

1000 people can't be wrong. Congratulations!:)

kaitie
12-06-2011, 06:43 AM
Congrats!

Nick Russell
12-06-2011, 07:28 AM
Merrihiatt is correct, the numbers have been growing all along, but they have exploded in the last six weeks.

In July I sold 103 copies, August was 125, September 247, October 545, November 4283, and so far this month 3285. I uploaded the new cover a few days ago, and that really helped.

pixydust
12-06-2011, 08:24 AM
Wow, Nick! That's awesome!!!

Shika Senbei
12-06-2011, 11:48 AM
So you need a blog to generate sales? Alas, I have absolutely no idea what to put in a blog.

Huntnpeck
12-06-2011, 03:39 PM
Maybe you need a good cover and oh yeah, a good book.

Congratulations Nick

EthanJones
12-06-2011, 08:58 PM
Great news and truly a blessing.

Thanks for sharing. It's encouraging.

Ethan

Nick Russell
12-06-2011, 09:57 PM
For me, at least, the blog has been a great marketing tool. But you still need a good book and a good cover, as Huntnpeck says. Apparently I lucked into both

K. Victoria Chase
12-06-2011, 10:10 PM
Congrats on your success Nick! That is encouraging news for those of us looking to jump into the kindle publishing fray. :)

JWNelson
12-06-2011, 10:56 PM
It won't and you're not. :)

Congratulations, Nick!

I agree! Time for a bit of :snoopy:, sir!

Isabella Amaris
12-07-2011, 10:08 PM
For me, at least, the blog has been a great marketing tool. But you still need a good book and a good cover, as Huntnpeck says. Apparently I lucked into both

I reckon effort was a big part of the luck you speak of:) Kudos to you, Nick:) This really is inspiring stuff:)

JWNelson
12-07-2011, 10:27 PM
For me, at least, the blog has been a great marketing tool. But you still need a good book and a good cover, as Huntnpeck says. Apparently I lucked into both
Added to my "wish list" on amazon, Nick. ;)

merrihiatt
12-08-2011, 04:15 AM
:hooray:I've been following your book's rise to the top. #28 right now! Instead of checking my ranking, I'm checking yours!!!

Shika Senbei
12-08-2011, 09:38 PM
But you still need a good book and a good cover, as Huntnpeck says.

Well, I am sure my book will appeal to at least one person out there. And what can go wrong with a cover showing white letters on a black background? That's timeless class, right there!

MamaStrong
12-09-2011, 01:05 AM
Fantastic work! Congrats!

efkelley
12-09-2011, 01:33 AM
That's really excellent, Nick. Congratulations. :)

Nick Russell
12-09-2011, 07:54 PM
Thank you everybody.

Today Amazon reported Big Lake at #23 in their Top 100, and currently at #77 on the New York Times Bestseller list!

Ari Meermans
12-09-2011, 08:04 PM
WOW! Congratulations, Nick!

Ari, who bought a copy and loves it

K. Victoria Chase
12-09-2011, 08:42 PM
WHOA! Awesome Nick! Look out--Amazon may come calling with a deal.... ;)

escritora
12-09-2011, 08:46 PM
and currently at #77 on the New York Times Bestseller list!

Chills! Chills! My body is full of 'em. This makes me so happy for you.

aruna
12-09-2011, 09:14 PM
Congrats!

merrihiatt
12-10-2011, 07:25 AM
We need a "like" button. LIKE!

Chekurtab
12-10-2011, 07:30 AM
Congratulations!
It is very interesting how the sales snowball from month to month.
Great job!

Nick Russell
12-10-2011, 07:31 AM
Thank you everybody. Your support is very much appreciated.

Nick Russell
12-10-2011, 10:17 AM
I just posted a blog about what has happened since the news came out, titled Big Lake Is A Hit (http://publishing4profit.com/blog/2011/12/10/big-lake-takes-off/)!

merrihiatt
12-10-2011, 11:13 AM
Great blog post, Nick. Isn't it funny/odd, the wide range of reactions? I wish you continued success and don't necessarily believe that success is determined in number of sales alone. After reading your blog post, I know you know what I mean.

StoneWheller
12-10-2011, 06:03 PM
This is great! And yes, it does give everyone who wants to self-publish a book hope. I know a person has to have a good book, but we also got to believe in that book or it will be left sitting somewhere in our home, desk drawer, computer, hidden in a box-- you get the point.

Nick Russell
12-10-2011, 07:20 PM
This is great! And yes, it does give everyone who wants to self-publish a book hope. I know a person has to have a good book, but we also got to believe in that book or it will be left sitting somewhere in our home, desk drawer, computer, hidden in a box-- you get the point.

Indeed I do! I wrote Big Lake 14 years ago and finally brought it out in May of this year.

LawrenceElliott
12-16-2011, 01:38 PM
Wow! Great job and encouragement to all of us!

Joliedupre
12-16-2011, 06:31 PM
I cannot believe it myself, but on Sunday, my mystery Big Lake (http://www.amazon.com/Big-Lake-ebook/dp/B00522RM48/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1321151688&sr=1-1) sold 1,000 copies on the Kindle bookstore, and has risen to #49 of all paid Kindle books, and #6 of all Amazon Mysteries & Thrillers.

I was reluctant to get into e-books, believing we were still a few years away from them really taking off, but I was wrong. Now I am convinced that if you write a decent book and market it well, the sky is the limit. The old publishing model is history, in my opinion, and we have entered a brand new world.

CONGRATULATIONS!! I will promote your book and your success at Facebook.

Absolutely! My eBook sales are way better than my print sales these days. EBooks are taking off, thanks to Amazon Kindle, being able to read eBooks on the iPad, etc. As much as I love print books, eBooks are becoming more and more popular.

A fellow author I know writes a novel a month. She has seven novels out so far, all eBook only, and she has made over $100,000 so far.

Joliedupre
12-16-2011, 06:34 PM
By the way, since I have a novel series coming out next year, I'm heading over to your blog now and will read everything you write about eBooks and how you promoted yours. Thanks so much! (Also, you live in an RV full-time right? I'm jealous. I love to travel, and that would be a cool thing to do when my husband retires, although I doubt he'll go for it. LOL Even so, I may buy an RV anyway, and then we can just take trips when we want. As a full-time writer, as long as I have a laptop, I can write anywhere.)

Nick Russell
12-16-2011, 07:58 PM
B (Also, you live in an RV full-time right? I'm jealous. I love to travel, and that would be a cool thing to do when my husband retires, although I doubt he'll go for it. LOL Even so, I may buy an RV anyway, and then we can just take trips when we want. As a full-time writer, as long as I have a laptop, I can write anywhere.)

That's the great thing for us. We are not retired, but I can write and self-publish anywhere. I have a desk in my motorhome, and though we are not retired, we have lived and traveled full-time for 13 years now. Sometimes my backyard is the Florida Keys, other times the Arizona desert, the Oregon coast, or wherever we choose. It's a great way to do research as we travel.

pixydust
12-16-2011, 08:42 PM
Oh, wow. That sounds amazing...

Jealous-->me

MysteryRiter
12-16-2011, 10:06 PM
Nice! And wow! Your book is up there with all of the big names... that's great!

Manuel Royal
12-17-2011, 02:37 AM
Congrats, Amigo! I look forward to reading Big Lake.

(Ah yes, someday I'll have my own sales figures to chuckle over. After I get published ... after I finish the novel ... after I start it, which will be Dec. 26, a week from Monday.)

ETA: I don't do business with Amazon, if I can help it. Is Big Lake available elsewhere?

Nick Russell
12-17-2011, 05:01 AM
Congrats, Amigo! I look forward to reading Big Lake.

(Ah yes, someday I'll have my own sales figures to chuckle over. After I get published ... after I finish the novel ... after I start it, which will be Dec. 26, a week from Monday.)

ETA: I don't do business with Amazon, if I can help it. Is Big Lake available elsewhere?

You can also get it in several formats on Smashwords.com

Manuel Royal
12-17-2011, 06:14 PM
Thanks. Purchased!

Big Lake at Smashwords. (http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/83887)

Ambri
12-18-2011, 12:41 AM
Congrats, and thanks for the links to those interesting and informative blog posts.

Noah Body
12-20-2011, 07:28 PM
Finally read your book, Nick...a job well done!

Nick Russell
12-20-2011, 09:08 PM
Glad you enjoyed it Noah

pdblake
12-20-2011, 09:28 PM
Crikey, well done:D

Nick Russell
12-21-2011, 09:58 PM
Thanks everybody. Today Big Lake (http://www.amazon.com/Big-Lake-ebook/dp/B00522RM48/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1321151688&sr=1-1) hit 20,000 sales for the month of December.

Billycourty
12-21-2011, 10:47 PM
Really inspiring!

Thanks for sharing your success.

escritora
12-21-2011, 10:49 PM
Show off!

(and I mean that in the best possible way) :)

StoneWheller
12-22-2011, 01:56 AM
This is wonderful!

merrihiatt
12-22-2011, 06:06 AM
Looking forward to your next post saying you've doubled your December sales! Woot! Woot!

JohnAtPlotForge
12-22-2011, 07:52 PM
Super Cool Nick! I've just gone live with my novel, Multiplayer and this gives me hope! It's on B&N and Amazon. Also have a CreateSpace paper edition that'll be available in a week or so and a LightningSource edition for B&N a week or so after that.

Nick Russell
12-22-2011, 08:16 PM
Congratulations on your new book, John. I hope it becomes a bestseller!

JohnAtPlotForge
12-23-2011, 12:30 AM
Many thanks!

Stu Ayris
12-29-2011, 07:48 PM
That's great stuff Nick! I am in the process of editing my novel to publish on Kindle at the beginning of February 2012. The cover is complete and I am busy using Facebook and Twitter etc as well keeping going with the blog I started a couple of months back. As you say, it is a lot of effort, but effort that I hope is worthwhile! So is there anything else you can think of that I should be doing or that can help me sell the novel?

Any advice from anyone would be well appreciated!!

Cheers!

Stu
http://tollesburytimeforever.blogspot.com/
http://www.stuartayrisbooks.co.uk/

Nick Russell
12-30-2011, 05:27 AM
Stu,
Sounds like you are off to a good start. Did you set up a Facebook author's page, in addition to your regular Facebook account, to keep your readers updated on your writing activities? Mine is Nick Russell's Writing Life (http://www.facebook.com/NickRussellAuthor). It all adds up. As of today, my sales are 30,750 copies of Big Lake (http://www.amazon.com/Big-Lake-ebook/dp/B00522RM48/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1321151688&sr=1-1) for the month of December.

Silver-Midnight
12-30-2011, 05:50 AM
Sorry, I haven't dropped by earlier. Congrats on the book, and I hope it continues to do well. I hope the same for your sequel.

happywritermom
12-30-2011, 06:39 AM
Okay, now I have to buy it!
Congratulations, Nick!!!

Henri Bauholz
12-30-2011, 07:24 AM
Congratulations! Sounds like your hard work is paying off.

Y-eye-right (http://yeyeright.wordpress.com)

Nick Russell
12-30-2011, 08:08 AM
Thanks everybody. It's been quite an experience.

merrihiatt
12-30-2011, 08:50 AM
As of today, my sales are 30,750 copies of Big Lake (http://www.amazon.com/Big-Lake-ebook/dp/B00522RM48/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1321151688&sr=1-1) for the month of December.

Woo Hoo! ** celebrating with you, Nick! **

Nick Russell
12-30-2011, 09:43 AM
I have to tell you, it's like the world's biggest emotional roller coaster ride.

Big Lake was up in the 20s of Amazon's Top 100 paid, and dropped all the way down to 98 on Christmas Day. Since then sales have been fantastic and it climbed back up to 65 today. This evening, Big Lake also made it to 31,000 copies sold for December, and I was walking on air. Talk about a head rush!

Then I got a long, very negative one star review that had several inaccuracies that told me the person didn't read the book very well (said a scene that took place in the sheriff's garage at home actually took place in the victim's garage, for example). Now I'm depressed.

Why? I have lots of good reviews, and I know I should have a thick skin. But here I sit on what should be an exciting night for me, looking at my sequel, which is almost finished, and asking myself "why bother, they'll hate it too."

http://www.amazon.com/Big-Lake-ebook/dp/B00522RM48/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1321151688&sr=1-1

http://www.facebook.com/NickRussellAuthor

merrihiatt
12-30-2011, 10:59 AM
Nick, I have noticed that when a book receives a lot of great ratings, suddenly a bunch of negative reviews show up. I don't assume to know why anyone would do that, but it does seem to have much more to do with the person posting the review and less to do with the book itself. Pay attention to the 31,000 people who bought your book and continue on with the sequel for them, and for yourself. People don't pay for books they don't like. You are doing a lot of things right. If one or two people have a problem, it is there problem. I couldn't be happier for you and your success and believe it will keep getting better.

Keyan
12-30-2011, 11:54 AM
I have to tell you, it's like the world's biggest emotional roller coaster ride.

Big Lake was up in the 20s of Amazon's Top 100 paid, and dropped all the way down to 98 on Christmas Day. Since then sales have been fantastic and it climbed back up to 65 today. This evening, Big Lake also made it to 31,000 copies sold for December, and I was walking on air. Talk about a head rush!

Then I got a long, very negative one star review that had several inaccuracies that told me the person didn't read the book very well (said a scene that took place in the sheriff's garage at home actually took place in the victim's garage, for example). Now I'm depressed.

Why? I have lots of good reviews, and I know I should have a thick skin. But here I sit on what should be an exciting night for me, looking at my sequel, which is almost finished, and asking myself "why bother, they'll hate it too."

http://www.amazon.com/Big-Lake-ebook/dp/B00522RM48/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1321151688&sr=1-1

http://www.facebook.com/NickRussellAuthor

Nick, this is a *good* thing. A few rotten reviews give all the reviews more credibility. When I'm looking at reviews on Amazon or Yelp, I always look for (and read) the bad ones, too; and often they're the ones that make me buy the book. If a book has only 4-5 star reviews, it looks like you got a bunch of friends to write them. (I know it's discouraging, but... why write a book no one dislikes? A book needs its enemies as well as its friends.)

StoneWheller
12-30-2011, 03:54 PM
Nick, don't be discouraged by the negative reviews. Keep in mind that no one is liked by everyone on anything. There are authors you like, as well as other public people, but you don't like everyone of them. That does not mean they don't write good books or make great movies--they just weren't you're cup of tea. Same with your book. Some may not like it, but more do! And that's what matters! You have a great following--they will want your next book. They like what they are reading, they are telling you and others that they like your work. Don't worry about a few negative reviews. You've got something better--lots of great reviews, and LOTS of sales! Good luck with the next book.

Nick Russell
12-30-2011, 07:59 PM
Thanks everybody, I know you're right. But I needed to hear that.

Onward and upward, right? :)

merrihiatt
12-30-2011, 09:53 PM
Right!

hughhowey
12-31-2011, 12:42 AM
Congrats! That's awesome news.

hughhowey
12-31-2011, 12:47 AM
And I had the same thing happen on Christmas day. A lot of new Kindle owners were firing them up and buying books they knew, rather than books they browsed for. My rebound was similar. Hopefully the end result will be more sales for everyone (even if with a lower ranking).

I can also commiserate with you on the reaction to a negative review. After getting nothing but 5 and a handful of 4-star reviews, along comes someone who can't read the page length, ignores all the reviewers who rave about the return of the short story, and they hammer me for the book being "great" but not long enough. It's enough to drive you mad. Especially when you (correctly or not) begin to ascribe any diminished sales to this bad review. You really can over analyze all this stuff (says the guy with a spreadsheet that shows him daily sales, just so he can sleep at night).

Again: Congrats, man!

Nick Russell
12-31-2011, 12:53 AM
Hugh, I thought I was the only obsessive freak with a daily spreadsheet! :)

Silver-Midnight
12-31-2011, 01:44 AM
I'm pretty sure your book is great, and I'm sure the sequel is just as good or even better. Keep writing. Don't get discouraged. Besides, negative reviews can be helpful, whether it's establishing credibility or giving you ideas on what you need to work on.

Dani
12-31-2011, 05:19 AM
Sorry to hear it, Nick. I've been so impressed with your drive and determination, not to mention your success. Don't take this to heart. There isn't a writer alive who hasn't received their fair share of negative reviews.

Sequel! Sequel!

Nick Russell
12-31-2011, 06:44 AM
Thanks everybody, I'm okay now.

I've gotten other bad reviews, and while no author likes them, they are part of the business. I guess what really ticked me off is that this person went into great detail to explain a major mistake I supposedly made in the story. But if she would have really read it, she would have known that what she was complaining about did not happen as she reported it.

Anyway, back to work, the sequel is almost done, just two chapters to go, and I'm excited to get it out there.

I do appreciate all of your support. I'm usually a pretty "up" person, this one just came out of left field and caught me by surprise. It's nice to know I have so many friends here.

amergina
12-31-2011, 06:56 AM
Nick--for fun, here's a post where John Scalzi (a SF writer) quotes some excerpts from one star reviews of his novels (http://whatever.scalzi.com/2010/02/22/one-star-reviews-revisited/)...

...the ones up for some big awards that year...

Basically, into every writer's life, some one-stars must fall.

:)

Gillhoughly
12-31-2011, 07:57 AM
You can't please everyone!

I got one truly nasty review, but it was a personal attack against me kind of thing and little in the wording dealt with the book. Thankfully, with a bit of nagging, Amazon took it down.

One thing I did NOT do was engage in any dialogue with the person who wrote it. I was well aware of her ID and that she was batshit insane. You've no idea who the one detractor might be, but assume the worst, back away slowly and don't make eye contact.

Preston and Child deal with bad reviews and they get a hell of a lot more of them. (http://www.prestonchild.com/rogues/)

"Not good science? Why, before writing RELIC, we did extensive scientific research on the worldwide problem of brain-eating monsters infesting museums. What more could you want?"

But the ONE thing I recommend above all: stop reading reviews, period. That way lies madness.

The good ones leave you worrying what they'll say about the next book. The bad ones freeze you up or send you to AW to vent, using up valuable writing time.

Don't bother checking Amazon sales rankings. I had one book start out in the number 5 spot and then it plunged to 2000 by the end of the day.

What matters is how many copies you sold, not what people think about them. If they like your books they'll buy more. If they don't, they won't. Most simple.

And congratulations! I hope I'll have similar success when I get more books uploaded! :)

aruna
12-31-2011, 10:54 AM
You can't please everyone!

I got one truly nasty review, but it was a personal attack against me kind of thing and little in the wording dealt with the book. Thankfully, with a bit of nagging, Amazon took it down.

One thing I did NOT do was engage in any dialogue with the person who wrote it. I was well aware of her ID and that she was batshit insane. You've no idea who the one detractor might be, but assume the worst, back away slowly and don't make eye contact.
d! :)

This happened to me soon after the publication of my first book. It was a long and very spiteful review, and as it was early on, there were only very few reviews up at all. The person made so many assumptions that were untrue it was plain she had not read the book, and it was also plain that it was a batshit crazy lady who had been stalkig me and other people on the amazon review boards. Amazon took it down pretty quickly.
I've never ever responded or reacted to other bad reviewers. It's part of the game. Not everyone will love and adore your books.
Nick, congratulations. I bought and read Big Lake and am inspired by your story and your persistence and hard work -- I'm going live with my own e-book tomorrow so I'm a bit nervous myself.

Nick Russell
12-31-2011, 07:51 PM
Aruna,
Good luck with your book. I wish you much success.

John R. Gambit
01-01-2012, 05:40 AM
Congratulations Mr. Russell. These success stories get me all excited for e-publishing.

A fellow author I know writes a novel a month. She has seven novels out so far, all eBook only, and she has made over $100,000 so far.

How do you write a novel a month? HOW?! I suppose with 100K one can afford the cocaine necessary to keep up that work ethic.

StoneWheller
01-01-2012, 06:40 PM
A novel doesn't have to be long. Depending on the genre, a person can get story ideas everywhere--then just write. But it would take some long hours each day.

Nick Russell
01-01-2012, 08:31 PM
The numbers are in, and Big Lake sold 33,539 copies on Kindle in December. And I just got to look at the new cover my friend and fellow author Dale Roberts created for the sequel, Big Lake Lynching. It's beautiful!

Check out Dale's mystery, Irrefutable (http://www.amazon.com/IRREFUTABLE-ebook/dp/B0052GFSIG/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1325437315&sr=1-1), on Amazon.

hughhowey
01-02-2012, 02:22 AM
Hugh, I thought I was the only obsessive freak with a daily spreadsheet! :)

Ha! I thought I was the only one! Thanks for normalizing me.

And congratulations on the awesome month. I hope 2012 is FULL of them for you. I'm definitely putting you on my to-read list.

MysteryRiter
01-02-2012, 02:34 AM
33,500 in one month!!! That's insane, considering most indies don't sell more than 100 copies of a book of theirs in three years! I read that somewhere, not sure where. :D

merrihiatt
01-02-2012, 03:21 AM
** doing the happy dance ** Great news, Nick!

I must admit, I'm a daily spreadsheet updater, as well. The information it provides is really useful and fascinating.

Silver-Midnight
01-02-2012, 03:55 AM
The numbers are in, and Big Lake sold 33,539 copies on Kindle in December. And I just got to look at the new cover my friend and fellow author Dale Roberts created for the sequel, Big Lake Lynching. It's beautiful!

Check out Dale's mystery, Irrefutable (http://www.amazon.com/IRREFUTABLE-ebook/dp/B0052GFSIG/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1325437315&sr=1-1), on Amazon.

Congrats!! I hope it continues to do well. :)

hughhowey
01-02-2012, 05:00 AM
I must admit, I'm a daily spreadsheet updater, as well. The information it provides is really useful and fascinating.

I find it mostly exaggerates my mood swings. Sales dip one day, and I'm despondent, thinking all my sales are going to evaporate for good. Then they pop back up, and I hold out hope that they'll continue for just. One. More. Day. And then they level off, and I wonder if I can maintain this for a few more months. And then they dip, and I reckon I can't write worth shit...

It's exhausting, I tell ya!

Silver King
01-02-2012, 06:11 AM
The numbers are in, and Big Lake sold 33,539 copies on Kindle in December.
You should update this thread title to replace the 1,000 copies in one day to 33,539 copies in one month. Has a nicer, and more recent, ring to it...

Nick Russell
01-02-2012, 07:05 AM
You should update this thread title to replace the 1,000 copies in one day to 33,539 copies in one month. Has a nicer, and more recent, ring to it...

I would, but I don't know how to update a thread title

MysteryRiter
01-02-2012, 07:34 AM
I was just going to ask the same thing! I thought only mods could change a thread title...

escritora
01-02-2012, 07:40 AM
I was just going to ask the same thing! I thought only mods could change a thread title...

One way is to click edit on the original message. Click advance. There you can change the title.

Nick Russell
01-02-2012, 08:08 AM
Thanks escritora, I updated the thread title.

juniper
01-02-2012, 12:02 PM
The numbers are in, and Big Lake sold 33,539 copies on Kindle in December.

Oh wow I'm so impressed! Really, great numbers. Best wishes on your sequel.

shaldna
01-02-2012, 03:23 PM
Nick that's amazing.

And I'm certain I speak for all of us when I say way to go, and we're all proud of you and hoping for even bigger and better things to come.

StoneWheller
01-02-2012, 04:25 PM
This is so exciting, Nick! When was the last time your feet touched the ground? I know you have to be flying high. I know we have to have a good book, but your sales gives all of us much hope in this journey of self-publishing.

Wayne K
01-02-2012, 04:56 PM
That's incredible. Good for you, congratulations :)

heyjude
01-02-2012, 06:12 PM
Congratulations, Nick! That's an awesome number of sales!

COchick
01-02-2012, 06:57 PM
Wow! That is AMAZING.

san_remo_ave
01-02-2012, 07:50 PM
That's fabulous --congratulations!

Nick Russell
01-03-2012, 03:44 AM
Thanks everybody, it's been quite a ride. I could not have done it without the support of many people, including so many who bought the book and then told their friends about it, posted on Facebook, Twitter, etc, and left reviews.

And the support of all of you on this forum and the Kindle Authors and Publishers forum has been tremendous. You have encouraged me, commiserated with me applauded my success, and given me a much needed boost when bad reviews got me down. I thank you all for that.

merrihiatt
01-03-2012, 04:25 AM
Well earned and deserved. Woo Hoo!!!

Ari Meermans
01-03-2012, 04:37 AM
Nick, I'm just thrilled with this news. Huge congratulations!

Misfit
01-03-2012, 07:13 AM
That's awesome, Nick. Congrats on your success.

dukesbeach
01-03-2012, 07:46 AM
Congratulations, that is awesome!:D

Cyia
01-03-2012, 08:02 AM
That's amazing! Congratulations; you must be floating about now.

kaitie
01-03-2012, 09:50 AM
Congrats. :D

Old Hack
01-03-2012, 10:58 AM
I'm really pleased for you, Nick. You've done incredibly well.

dbmcnicol
01-04-2012, 06:23 AM
Way to go, Nick! Can't wait for your next book. You've given me the encouragement I need to finally dust off my 10 year old romance novel outline and see what I can do with it. After that it will be a character driven mystery. Keep up the good work!

Donna Mc

Nick Russell
01-04-2012, 06:26 AM
Welcome, Donna, glad to have you here with us.

I sat on Big Lake for almost 14 years after I wrote it before I brought it out.

Deepspirit
01-04-2012, 07:51 AM
Congratulations! I'm sure your next one will be even bigger. Great job.

Alitriona
01-04-2012, 04:40 PM
Well done, may your success continue.

Jamiekswriter
01-05-2012, 12:33 AM
Wow!!! That's awesome! Congrats!

Nick Russell
01-05-2012, 03:41 AM
I was recently interviewed for a New Zealand writer's group blog about my experiences publishing Big Lake on Amazon http://witsnq.blogspot.com/

merrihiatt
01-05-2012, 04:28 AM
Enjoyed reading the interview, Nick. Congratulations! (are you sick of hearing that word yet?)

StoneWheller
01-05-2012, 03:11 PM
Nice interview, Nick. This is great. Hope you get lots more interviews.

Kczimmy
01-08-2012, 04:21 PM
Nick,
Heartfelt congratulations! What an inspiring story, thanks for sharing your success with us.

On a side note about negative reviews-

I have dealt with the public for nearly 40 years, and have supervised hundreds of employees. The simple truth is, some people's brains are just wired differently. They can read blue and see red. It's just the way it is. There's a possible chance your reviewer is another frustrated writer who is extremely jealous, or maybe they read one thing and remember something different. Or both!

Regardless, your success is inspiring and I thank you for sharing. Every purchase should be counted as a positive!

Kurt

Elki
01-09-2012, 01:05 AM
Congrats on your wonderful success! Enjoy it

hughhowey
01-09-2012, 03:31 AM
Hugh, I thought I was the only obsessive freak with a daily spreadsheet! :)

Speaking of my spreadsheet, it's having a very good year so far! I won't match what you did (congrats again!), but I'm on track for about 15,000 sales in January. :D

December was just shy of 11,000, so I'm moving in the right direction!

Nick Russell
01-09-2012, 03:41 AM
Those are excellent numbers Hugh, congratulations! Keep it up!

merrihiatt
01-09-2012, 08:09 AM
Congratulations, Hugh!

hughhowey
01-10-2012, 08:13 PM
Thanks, both of you. I very nearly had my first 1,000 day this week (which made me think of how this thread got started, its original title and all), but ended up just shy of it. What is it about round numbers? I get obsessed with them, when coming just a few dozen short is a difference of a few dollars. o_O

Anyway, back to obsessive refreshing and spreadsheeting!

(And a little writing)

Nick Russell
01-10-2012, 08:18 PM
Close but no cigar? I know how frustrating that can be. Here's hoping today you hit that magic number!

hughhowey
01-11-2012, 12:04 AM
Close but no cigar? I know how frustrating that can be. Here's hoping today you hit that magic number!

Nick, your enthusiasm and attitude are infectious. I'm so glad good things are happening for you. When's the next book coming out?

Nick Russell
01-11-2012, 01:17 AM
Thank you Hugh. The new book is in final proofing now and should be ready in a week or so at the most.

hughhowey
01-11-2012, 07:50 PM
Thank you Hugh. The new book is in final proofing now and should be ready in a week or so at the most.

Nice. When you start compounding these sales, you're gonna move into a whole new level of earnings.

Makes me grin from ear to ear, man. Every indie writer making a decent wage feels like one more underdog scoring a touchdown.

Old Hack
01-11-2012, 08:26 PM
Makes me grin from ear to ear, man. Every indie writer making a decent wage feels like one more underdog scoring a touchdown.

But you don't feel the same for every trade-published writer who earns a decent living?

Be careful how you answer that question.

Isabella Amaris
01-12-2012, 09:03 PM
These are really wonderful numbers! Congrats again, Nick:) And Hugh too:) So encouraging to see posts like this, especially since I'm probably gonna go the self-e-publishing route sometime this year. Gives me some hope, I guess. Lifts the sails and all that jazz:) Good stuff. Keep it coming!:)

M. Scott
01-12-2012, 11:15 PM
Thanks everybody. I'm working on a sequel now. I think I'm more nervous about it than the first. I keep asking myself "What if it flops and you're a one hit wonder?"

If people liked the first, chances are they'll pick up the second. If they dislike the second, you still get paid for their purchases and receive the publicity of whatever rank it achieves. You shall be unsinkable!

StoneWheller
01-13-2012, 01:57 AM
Hugh, those numbers sound good. You guys do give hope to all of the self-pub who are about to jump into this.

Jendrick
01-14-2012, 11:35 PM
Great sales - well done!

Cheers,

Nathan

elindsen
01-16-2012, 01:36 AM
Many congrats!

hughhowey
01-16-2012, 07:40 AM
Hugh, those numbers sound good. You guys do give hope to all of the self-pub who are about to jump into this.

Thanks, but I have to warn you: When you start making money off your books, all you can perseverate on is the sales drying up. Not a day goes by that I don't think, "This is going to be the last day I do well. Any moment now, and the bottom is going to drop out."

It's a good problem to have, don't get me wrong. But it's an unexpected stress. There is no plateau with this career path, just a series of peaks and valleys.

Nick Russell
01-16-2012, 09:04 AM
Oh Hugh, you're looking inside my head again! :)
Every day I worry when the bubble will burst.

StoneWheller
01-16-2012, 04:14 PM
Peaks and valleys--sounds like life, guys. But I think I know what you are saying, but like you said--it a good thing to experience. At least with good sales for one book, it gives you the hope that the next one will have a jump start. Good luck, and hopefully those peaks will just get higher and higher.

hughhowey
01-17-2012, 06:20 AM
Every day I worry when the bubble will burst.

Same.

And I'm dangerously close to having a 1,000 book day today! In honor of the original title of this thread, I immediately thought of posting something here.

In honor of the current title of this thread, my daily average for this month extrapolated forward would mean over 22,000 books sold this month! But of course, I'm expecting to sell ZERO copies tomorrow. Which is what I perseverate on every single sleepless night.


Edit: I ended up with 1,012 books sold in just my WOOL series yesterday, with another ~100 various other books. By far the best single day I've ever had.

jasonaaronfox
01-18-2012, 11:10 AM
All I have to say is "WOW."

I can't imagine my work seeing that many people's eyes. It would be an honor just to have anyone read it and review it.

Congratulations to all you successful writers!

Nick Russell
01-20-2012, 12:14 AM
Same.

And I'm dangerously close to having a 1,000 book day today! In honor of the original title of this thread, I immediately thought of posting something here.

In honor of the current title of this thread, my daily average for this month extrapolated forward would mean over 22,000 books sold this month! But of course, I'm expecting to sell ZERO copies tomorrow. Which is what I perseverate on every single sleepless night.


Edit: I ended up with 1,012 books sold in just my WOOL series yesterday, with another ~100 various other books. By far the best single day I've ever had.

That is wonderful, Hugh! I'm so happy for you!

Macca
01-22-2012, 10:59 PM
Love this thread. It's where I come to vicariously live your successes...;)

Well done to both of you.

Nick Russell
01-23-2012, 05:14 AM
Thank you, Macca. So far I'm still selling 1,000+ a day. Nobody is more surprised than me.

Well, maybe my mother-in-law, but that's another story. :)

Silver-Midnight
01-23-2012, 06:28 AM
Congrats; that's great.

Luis
01-24-2012, 01:24 AM
Congrat's on the wonderful sales figures. I'm sure your book is better than "decent." You wrote that you marketed the book well. How did you market your book? Any advice?

Luis
Blog:http://www.writerinwind.blogspot.com

Nick Russell
01-24-2012, 03:44 AM
Marketing is work, but it is work that pays off. I do a lot of promotion through my Facebook authors page, and I use a signature on my e-mails and blog posts with like to my book.

I also try to promote good books by other authors to my readers. This helps build a community where readers know they can come to learn about other books that might interest them, not just be constantly barraged by messages about my own books. An added result is that many of those same authors have helped spread the word about my books. Don't be shy about asking for reviews. If some body e-mails me or posts on Facebook that they liked my book, I ask if they would consider going to Amazon and leaving a review for me. Many have done so.

I mentioned links to your book, and your Facebook author’s page in your e-mail. Here are mine:

http://www.amazon.com/Big-Lake-ebook/dp/B00522RM48/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1321151688&sr=1-1

http://www.facebook.com/NickRussellAuthor

hughhowey
01-27-2012, 07:03 AM
Nick, that's awesome that you do co-promoting like that. I didn't realize I was doing the same thing when I started mentioning your success in other threads, but really . . . any way to get people talking is a good thing. Kudos to you for leading the charge in this.

I'm also stoked to hear you maintaining your 1,000+ average!! I'm so terrified of anything sloping the wrong direction; your continued success gives me hope. Keep it up, my friend!

Old Hack
01-27-2012, 01:45 PM
I also try to promote good books by other authors to my readers. This helps build a community where readers know they can come to learn about other books that might interest them, not just be constantly barraged by messages about my own books.

Nick, I wish more writers understood this. It's such an important point. If you're going to use social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to promote your work it only really works if you build relationships and make friends. Constantly banging on about your own work will only alienate people--I've been watching a trade-published author do nothing but big-up his own books on Twitter over the last few weeks and have watched his following cringe and un-follow.

You deserve every single inch of your success, and I'm really pleased for you.

Nick Russell
01-27-2012, 08:12 PM
Thank you, Hack.

I have run into writers in the past who are so competitive you'd think we were selling cars at dealerships across the street from each other. Writing is an art, and each of us produces something unique.

If I help another writer and he gets a sale or two, or picks up a new reader, it's all good. If somebody does the same for me, it is much appreciated. And if someone reading my blog or Facebook posts finds a new author they enjoy from a reference I made there, it was worth their time to visit and they'll come back.

Anjasa
01-27-2012, 08:30 PM
Nick, I wish more writers understood this. It's such an important point. If you're going to use social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter to promote your work it only really works if you build relationships and make friends. Constantly banging on about your own work will only alienate people--I've been watching a trade-published author do nothing but big-up his own books on Twitter over the last few weeks and have watched his following cringe and un-follow.

You deserve every single inch of your success, and I'm really pleased for you.

I've noticed this a lot too. The only time I want someone to just contantly talk at me is when it's a news site like Salon or Jezebel. There's only so many times I can handle the same book being posted over and over. If I didn't buy it the first 20 times, why would I buy it the 21st?

Congratulations on your success, that's really impressive.

hughhowey
01-30-2012, 07:53 AM
If I help another writer and he gets a sale or two, or picks up a new reader, it's all good. If somebody does the same for me, it is much appreciated. And if someone reading my blog or Facebook posts finds a new author they enjoy from a reference I made there, it was worth their time to visit and they'll come back.

I love seeing good things happen to good people. It'd be great to bump into you at a convention or trade show one day. I'll be buying one of whatever you're having.

Nick Russell
01-30-2012, 08:11 AM
I look forward to it Hugh

Purple Rose
02-02-2012, 02:12 PM
This is excellent news, Nick! I tried buying the book for my husband but timed out a few times. Thi is life in Indonesia. I'll try again later.

I particularly like your blog and found it very helpful. I will PM you about it in a moment.

hughhowey
02-02-2012, 03:27 PM
I look forward to it Hugh

Hey Nick, have you noticed any unusual reporting in your KDP dashboard the last day or two?

DCDaugherty
02-02-2012, 06:49 PM
Hugh, there's apparently an issue with sales reporting on KDP Select enrolled books. Borrows are showing, but many sales are not. It started late on the 31st.

randi.lee
02-02-2012, 07:04 PM
That is FANTASTIC! Congratulations on your success!

hughhowey
02-02-2012, 07:18 PM
Hugh, there's apparently an issue with sales reporting on KDP Select enrolled books. Borrows are showing, but many sales are not. It started late on the 31st.

Ah, thank you. I hope those sales aren't lost to the ether! O_O

Nick Russell
02-02-2012, 09:01 PM
Mine seem about as expected.

hughhowey
02-02-2012, 10:15 PM
Mine seem about as expected.

Lucky you. I'm missing all my sales from yesterday and early this morning. Normalcy only returned around 10:00 AM for me. I'm going to wait another day or two before emailing them again to see if those sales will be tracked down and credited to my account. It's a good chunk of change to lose over some accounting error. :(

Nick Russell
02-02-2012, 10:46 PM
Their system is messed up right now. No books are showing overall Amazon rankings for some reason.

hughhowey
02-03-2012, 12:40 AM
Their system is messed up right now. No books are showing overall Amazon rankings for some reason.

I think your daily sales broke their computers! Nice job, Nick!

;)

Dannica
02-04-2012, 03:18 AM
Thank you, Macca. So far I'm still selling 1,000+ a day. Nobody is more surprised than me.

Well, maybe my mother-in-law, but that's another story. :)

Too funny. See I think at this point you have to pat yourself on the back for top-notch writing. Your initial sales might have been RV folks, friends, etc, but sales wouldn't have continued to grow unless the book is good.

Nick Russell
02-04-2012, 06:05 AM
Thank you Dannica. The sequel, Big Lake Lynching (http://www.amazon.com/Big-Lake-Lynching-ebook/dp/B0073V0AFY/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1328322911&sr=1-1), is now available on Kindle and I hope to have it on Smashwords soon.

MysteryRiter
02-04-2012, 06:21 AM
Sweet!

lady_K
02-04-2012, 07:50 AM
congrats Nick!
my report sales aren't working either. I probably won't use KDP select again after this term is up.

Nick Russell
02-04-2012, 08:09 AM
I decided early on not to participate in KDP Select. I just don't like the idea of anybody demanding an exclusive from me.

HollyG
02-14-2012, 10:17 AM
So excited to hear about your successes, guys! Gives me hope. I'm trying to decide if I want to go the e-book route or continue to query and get discouraged by the growing pile of rejections. :-)

Does anyone know if you go the e-book self-pub route if traditional publishing houses & agents will ever pick you up?

Thanks for sharing your great experiences & congrats to all of you that are selling e-books!!

Nick Russell
02-14-2012, 11:03 AM
My friend, I may be cynical after a 30 year career in publishing, but the truth for the great majority of authors is that many try to get the attention of a traditional publishing house, but few actually make it. You can do an e-book yourself and be published tomorrow, or wait years in the hope that maybe someday you'll beat the odds with the traditional houses. A bird in the hand?

James D. Macdonald
02-14-2012, 05:16 PM
Does anyone know if you go the e-book self-pub route if traditional publishing houses & agents will ever pick you up?
!

Pick you up? Sure. Pick up that book? Probably not.

espresso
02-20-2012, 12:40 AM
Hi; just had to put in my 2 $.

Link below: e-book author has not sold nearly as many as Nick, but has also had offers from agents -

http://jakonrath.blogspot.com/2011/12/guest-post-by-elle-lothlorien.html

Kudos to all who have done well here!

Quick question: I've been targeting e-book to the KDS (Kindle Direct Select) Program, as KDS aimed for 5k - 30k words.

But one only needs to be exclusive for 90 days, right? Does one get extra marketing help from KDS? I know I'm still writing, but I can anticipate needing to figure out whether I'm going to use KDS or no -

What's the real advantage of KDS? Couldn't figure out from website --

Thanks, K.

P.S. Hi, Jane!

Nick Russell
02-20-2012, 12:47 AM
The theory is that if somebody reads a book of yours for free, they'll like it and buy other titles from you.

There is a lot of debate among the KDP authors I know as to whether that has actually happened. What a lot of us have seen (even those of us who do not participate) is an overall slowdown in sales. Some attribute that to so many free Kindle books being offered for free.

Unless you have more than one book available, all you are doing is giving away a book you could be selling, in my opinion.

merrihiatt
02-20-2012, 12:50 AM
Quick question: I've been targeting e-book to the KDS (Kindle Direct Select) Program, as KDS aimed for 5k - 30k words.

But one only needs to be exclusive for 90 days, right? Does one get extra marketing help from KDS? I know I'm still writing, but I can anticipate needing to figure out whether I'm going to use KDS or no -

What's the real advantage of KDS? Couldn't figure out from website --


No. Amazon does no extra marketing. By choosing Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) Select, you have the option of offering your title free for up to five days in a 90-day period. Many people have seen an increase in sales once the e-book has been offered free for a day or more.

E-books in the Select program are also part of the KOLL (Kindle Owner's Lending Library) and the author receives a percentage for all e-books borrowed while in Select. In December, that amount was $1.70 per borrow; $1.60 per borrow in January.

The exclusivity clause is for a 90-day period. Amazon KDP Select automatically checks a box for automatic renewal of your title in the program; however, you can uncheck that box at any time.

Just FYI, there is no such thing as KDS. It is Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) and then you can choose to put titles in the Select program or not.

espresso
02-21-2012, 12:10 AM
Thank you so much, y'all! I'm going to look in some of the nuts and bolts threads, as I'm beginning to wonder about footnotes and the correct style -- AP or other, etc.: I'm going to have lots of them. (Would be so much better to do fiction, sigh . . . )

Elena Andrews
02-21-2012, 03:24 AM
No. Amazon does no extra marketing. By choosing Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) Select, you have the option of offering your title free for up to five days in a 90-day period. Many people have seen an increase in sales once the e-book has been offered free for a day or more.

E-books in the Select program are also part of the KOLL (Kindle Owner's Lending Library) and the author receives a percentage for all e-books borrowed while in Select. In December, that amount was $1.70 per borrow; $1.60 per borrow in January.

The exclusivity clause is for a 90-day period. Amazon KDP Select automatically checks a box for automatic renewal of your title in the program; however, you can uncheck that box at any time.

Just FYI, there is no such thing as KDS. It is Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) and then you can choose to put titles in the Select program or not.

Thanks for the information. I have my next book due to come out in March and so far it seems like my Amazon sales are outperforming B&N sales by a wide margin so I was thinking of taking advantage of KDP and seeing if it effects sales in a positive way

E. S. Lark
02-21-2012, 07:01 PM
I've found KDP does a lot better for a series than individual books. I tried putting single books for free when Select first came out and I only saw maybe 400-500 downloads over two days.

I just did a free promotion of two days last week for the first in a series and had over 5000 downloads and have since had 20 sales for the sequel and about 120 sales for the first book. So, if you're going to use Select, make sure it's a series and that you promote ahead of time on various sites such as Ereader News Today and Pixel of Ink.

cardartfth@yahoo.com
07-16-2012, 07:19 PM
Nick! I'm so happy for you, I could shout! Congratulations!
I have recently epublished two books on Amazon Kindle. The first is a murder mystery, With God in His Hip Pocket.
http://www.amazon.com/With-God-His-Pocket-ebook/dp/B0083D4MZU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1342449852&sr=8-1&keywords=with+god+in+his+hip+pocket
The second, He Would Not Forget, Not Ever, is a younger readers mystery adventure.
http://www.amazon.com/Would-Not-Forget-Ever-ebook/dp/B008EFG88G/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1342450010&sr=1-1&keywords=He+would+not+forget%2C+not+ever
With the sales but mere trickles, I've wondered about the viability of self publishing in the ebook arena. You have bolstered my courage! I thank you and wish you much continued success!

Nick Russell
07-16-2012, 09:47 PM
Here's hoping they become best sellers, Sue.

Jason Kaplan
07-17-2012, 03:48 AM
Well, after all the research done and questions answered...I did it and joined eBookIt to ePublish my book. The first of three completed techno-thrillers!

Don't know when it will be ready, and the cover is being worked, but when it's done I'll be able to finally say that I've published something!

I will keep you informed! Thanks all of you for your support!

Nick Russell
07-17-2012, 04:34 AM
Good for you, Jason. Keep us posted on your progress.

cardartfth@yahoo.com
07-17-2012, 05:28 AM
Nick, I'm so happy for you! I sat here reading your story and pumping my right fist in the air, "Yes! Yes!" Congratulations and thank you for giving me some inspiration! I have recently Epublished two books on Amazon Kindle. They are not exactly flying off the shelf ... I'm spending more time promoting and trying to learn HOW to promote,now-a-days, than I am writing. Hope I can somehow learn to promote as effectively as you have. Kudos to you Nick!
http://www.amazon.com/With-God-His-Pocket-ebook/dp/B0083D4MZU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1342485961&sr=8-1&keywords=with+god+in+his+hip+pocket
http://www.amazon.com/Would-Not-Forget-Ever-ebook/dp/B008EFG88G/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1342486795&sr=1-1&keywords=he+would+not+forget%2C+not+ever
Sue Baumgardner

merrihiatt
07-17-2012, 05:38 AM
Congratulations, Jason and Sue.

Old Hack
07-17-2012, 09:58 AM
Sue, you might find it easier to put your name and those links into your signature, so that you don't have to type them out every time you post. It'll make your comments easier to read, too, as the signature is separate from the rest of your text.

Oh, and welcome back!

maggie2
07-18-2012, 07:29 AM
Nick,

That is such great news! You must be so happy with those results! Keep it up and you'll become as famous as the person who wrote 50 Shades of Grey!

Marg

Nick Russell
07-18-2012, 08:09 AM
Thanks Maggie. I'm working on book three in the series now.

Spell-it-out
07-25-2012, 04:26 AM
Great news Sir, keep it up!

DSA
07-27-2012, 01:18 AM
I love these success stories.

Nick Russell
07-27-2012, 01:23 AM
And keep in mind, DSA, that they could happen to any of us. It's not an exclusive club.

rebekahmichel
07-27-2012, 03:01 AM
Congratulations! That's amazing, very inspiring. I'm considering doing the ebook myself, that is extremely encouraging. Off to read your blog now...

cardartfth@yahoo.com
07-28-2012, 01:33 AM
Thank you Old Hack! I will check out your blogs and I will try to learn how to put my link in my signature. (-8 Thank you very much for the suggestion. It's so good to 'come home.' I not only need a 'support system' but I need to support other writers more, also.

triceretops
08-06-2012, 04:24 AM
It was because of this thread, Nick and Hugh's up-lifting testimony and experiences, that I decided to take a back-list title, revise/edit, cover and re-title it, and toss it to the Amazon KDP gods. I was blessed with help from a formatter and a cover design artist. They did all hard work. I had only to register and input the book into the program.

The War Gate came out swinging right away two days ago with instant sales and very good rank. And this shocked me. I had eight other books and stories up on Amazon and they never sold right away like that; there was always a 5--15-day lag. One brand new short hasn't sold in over a month.

Me, the complete tech idiot, couldn't have done this without the inspiration and support of some very special people.

Just goes to show you, it can be done. And yeah, now I find myself watching my rank ALL the time and thinking up new ways for people to stumble upon my writing.

Happy day, and good luck to all those who follow. Hope I see you on the bestseller lists.

tri;)

Nick Russell
08-06-2012, 05:54 AM
Wonderful, Chris. I couldn't be more thrilled for you. Congratulations, my friend.

merrihiatt
08-06-2012, 07:14 AM
Exciting, Chris!

EngineerTiger
08-06-2012, 07:21 PM
How wonderful, Chris!

Wesley Kang
08-07-2012, 12:02 AM
Congrats Chris!

This thread also has been and continues to be a huge source of inspiration to me as well. :)

MaraValderran
09-01-2012, 03:47 AM
What amazing success stories! Congrats all around and kudos to those who have their works out there! :)

CrastersBabies
09-01-2012, 05:47 AM
I tend to lurk more on these threads but I have to say grats Nick. Every post of yours points to you being a class act. May the sales keep rolling in.

Nick Russell
09-02-2012, 09:22 AM
I tend to lurk more on these threads but I have to say grats Nick. Every post of yours points to you being a class act. May the sales keep rolling in.

Thank you, and I wish you much success in your writing and publishing projects.

Susie
09-02-2012, 10:17 AM
that's fab. Nick. Congrats 'n calls for :Cake:s!

L.Jones
09-19-2012, 04:15 PM
Woo-hoo, awesome for you!

My sales stink and yet when I read stories like yours I am so upbeat. It's a world of possibilities and I'm off to pour over your blog!

annie jones
http://www.amazon.com/The-Christmas-Sisters-ebook/dp/B00958I9BU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1348055065&sr=8-1&keywords=The+Christmas+Sisters

Nick Russell
09-19-2012, 08:26 PM
I need to update my self-publising blog. We have made some changes to our schedule to allow more time for writing and blogging. We had reached the point where we were burning the candle at both ends and not having fun anymore.

cooeedownunder
10-07-2012, 12:47 PM
Congratulations.

thothguard51
10-07-2012, 10:10 PM
I need to update my self-publishing blog. We have made some changes to our schedule to allow more time for writing and blogging. We had reached the point where we were burning the candle at both ends and not having fun anymore.

I think that is a fair decision Nick. After all, if the fun goes away so too will the quality of the stories. IMHO...

RobertEvert
10-15-2012, 12:15 AM
Congratulations, indeed!! Wow! This says something about the quality of your writing!

L.W.Patricks
10-23-2012, 10:16 PM
Great to hear the success of self published authors on kindle. I plan on releasing my first book in December. I anxiously wait for my beta readers to put it through the gauntlet and then put up the best product possible. It's exciting time, as all you self-published authors must know.

Nick Russell
10-23-2012, 11:28 PM
I wish you much success, L.W.

ereadergold
12-10-2012, 04:42 AM
Congratulations Nick, that's an amazing achievement.

It sounds like the cover change was somewhat responsible for your increase in sales. Any chance of seeing a "before" and "after" image of the covers? I'd just be curious what the original one looked like and what changes or improvements you made to achieve these great results.

Bookmarked your blog as well, so like it or not you have another reader! Best of luck with your sequel.

Bill

Nick Russell
12-10-2012, 07:44 AM
I'll see if I still have the old cover. I changed from a Windows computer to an iMac and I'm not sure if I saved it.

triceretops
12-10-2012, 06:59 PM
Good for you, Nick. I've been thinking about a cover change myself.