5 Weeks In…

So as of Monday, The Cerberus Rebellion (available here) has been on the market for 5 weeks. And, as of writing this, I’ve had 13 Sales of The Cerberus Rebellion and have sold approximately 20 total units of my 3 short stories.

Quite a few of my friends, family and co-workers know that I’ve published through Amazon (an at least a handful of them have purchased one or the other, which I appreciate!) and recently some have asked how my sales are doing. When I tell them how I’m doing, I’m always sure to temper my reports with the fact that I’m a new author with only one novel available but inside, I’m thrilled that I’ve done so well in only a month.

I had a revelation/exciting moment recently: I have several co-workers that have said they were going to pick up my novel (I’ve been pretty low-key about IRL promo since I don’t want to push them away). So when I had a sale of Cerberus show up this week, I asked a few of them if they had picked it up and none of them had. I made the comment that I didn’t know who bought that copy and one of my co-workers brought it to my attention that getting sales from complete strangers was kind of the point. It made me feel kind of silly and giddy at the same time.

So now that I’ve been on the market for than a month and have passed 10 sales, and very nearly passed 500 Free-load copies during my KDP Select promotion a few weeks ago, my goal is to get a few reviews under my belt (a member of the Guild of Dreams blog, Bruce Blake, had a good post about how reviews affect Indie authors especially here).

So if you bought or downloaded Cerberus, and liked it, please consider going back to Amazon and leaving a review!

Meanwhile, work on The Hydra Offensive continues; you can track the progress with the Word Count tracker on the right sidebar. Currently, I’ve just passed 13.7K words! More than15% complete.

About Joshua K Johnson

Josh is the author of The Cerberus Rebellion and The Hydra Offensive, Gunpowder Fantasy novels set in the Griffins & Gunpowder universe. He is currently working on a new novel set in the same world as well as The Centaur Incursion, Book 3 in the Ansgari Rebellion Series and Loyalty Betrayed, Book 1 in the Liberty Forged Series. He currently works full-time and has an 8-year old and a 4-year old to keep him busy.

Posted on August 5, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. It’s good to see that you are remaining rational and optimistic about your sales. Many would see sales in the double-digits (instead of quadruple or quintuple) as a form of failure.

    Give it time, sir, and keep writing. By the time you have six or seven books out, I’m sure those numbers will start coming in regularly. Readers, on some level, are more “trusting” of authors who have a considerable backlog.

    • Well, work is underway for the sequel and the series has 6 total novels and dozens of shorts and novellas on the outline (not to mention 3-4 other series in the name universe).

      I have at least half a dozen readers promising reviews; once those are up I hope sales pick up a little.

  2. Hey, well done man. I’m getting through the book a little at a time, and I’ll be sure and do you a review when I finish!

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