Tales of a Hybrid Author: Month 2: “The Fisherman’s Net”

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Background if you’re new to my blog: I’m self-publishing some short stories/novellas set in the same world as my Micah Grey series (Pantomime & Shadowplay). There’s going to be a bit of delay in getting the third book to market (probably self-published as well) after Strange Chemistry closing, and so these will hopefully help break up the wait and teach me about the process.

And so ends the second month of being a hybrid author. In July, I put up “The Fisherman’s Net,” the second story. This one is the shortest and the cheapest, at 99 cents. I also dropped the price of the first story, “The Snake Charm,” down to $1.99 for most of the month. However, it didn’t seem to impact sales at all. I suppose those who want to buy it aren’t that bothered one way or the other by the $1, so I put it back up as the difference between the 35% and 70% royalty makes a pretty big difference.

“The Fisherman’s Net” isn’t exclusive to Amazon like “The Snake Charm” is. It’s on Smashwords and has distributed to: iTunes & Scribd, but doesn’t seem to have appeared yet on Kobo, Oyster, Flipkart, etc. I’ve also created an account at Nook press and tried to upload the second story, but it didn’t accept my epub. I need to contact them about that but I haven’t had time. Overall, though, Amazon still seems to be by far the main player.

Total Sales:
Paid (Amazon): 73
Borrowed (Amazon): 3
Paid (Smashwords): 5 (52 samples downloaded though – I like that you can see that)
Total for July: 81
Total Sales to Date: 176

Per Story:
“The Snake Charm” at $1.99: 11
“The Snake Charm” at $2.99: 11
“The Snake Charm” borrowed: 3
“The Fisherman’s Net”: 56

Total Gross Income for July: £32.49 ($54.72)
Total Gross Income to Date: £138.54 ($233.33)
Costs: £132 for 10 ISBNs
Total Net Profit: £6.54 ($11.01)

Hooray! I have now made enough to buy like a coffee and a muffin from Starbucks! Though, if you factor in that I’ve only used 3 ISBNs so far, then you could say I have made around £100 in profit, which isn’t too shabby. However, that will probably go towards paying Dianna Walla for her awesome cover art. She generously offered to do it pro bono, but now that I’ve broken even on costs (and got the Tor deal) it’s only fair that she be rewarded for the work involved.

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Amazon Sales Data – July

I’m pretty happy with these sales, considering I’ve done very little to promote, aside from putting up on my Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, etc. Sales are still pretty even across the US and UK sites, with the odd sale here and there from Canada. No European sales this month.

Has it impacted sales of Pantomime & Shadowplay? Still unsure. Though I was finally brave enough to peek at my Amazon Central sales numbers the other day, and they had gone up a little. That could be due to other factors though: had a few posts on Tumblr about my books go vaguely viral (this one has over 6,300 notes!), and there was also the recent announcement of my Macmillan/Tor deal.

Reviews: 
“The Snake Charm” on GR: 25 ratings (14 reviews)
“The Snake Charm” on Amazon: 6 (US),  7 (UK)
“The Fisherman’s Net” on GR: 8 ratings (5 reviews)
“The Fisherman’s Net” on Amazon: 1 (US), 1 (UK)

If anyone has read the stories and wouldn’t mind putting up a rating/review on Amazon or Goodreads, I’d be very appreciative!

Plans for next month: Upload the third story, “The Tarot Reader.” I think I’ll go exclusive to Amazon, much as I dislike giving them a monopoly, because it is useful having the stories available for borrowing for Prime customers and I’ll be able to do a Kindle Countdown deal eventually. I might try a Countdown for “The Snake Charm” sometime next month as well to see what effect that has on sales. I’ll also finish editing the fourth story, “The Card Sharp” and possibly unveil the final cover this month.

I’m still enjoying putting these up, and it’s been such a great learning experience so far.

I’ll leave you with the covers and blurbs of “The Snake Charm” and “The Fisherman’s Net.” Please consider picking up one or both if you fancy.

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Untold centuries ago, the Archipelago was ruled by the Alder—mysterious beings who vanished, leaving behind only scattered artefacts of unknown power, called Vestige. Sometimes, a person will be lucky or unlucky enough to discover that each piece of Vestige has its own tale to tell…

The Snake Charm

“To most, Drystan was just another buffoon in the collective of clowns. But behind the inane grin, he saw everything, keeping the secrets he discovered close, like precious gems to barter.”

Mutiny is brewing in R.H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic. When Linden, the leader of the clowns steals one of the ringmaster’s most prized possessions, Drystan, the white clown, finds himself caught in the middle. Tasked with retrieving the Lethe, he’s forced to betray Linden or risk his troubled past coming to light. But the Vestige artifact has its own history and its own power. Drystan will learn what it can really do, and who it can hurt.

Vestigial Tales are stories set in the world of the award-winning Micah Grey series. Step behind the circus ring from Pantomime, the theatre of Shadowplay, and more…

Add on Goodreads!

PURCHASE:

Amazon US / Amazon UK / Amazon Canada / Amazon India / Amazon Germany / Amazon France / Amazon Spain / Amazon Italy / Amazon Japan / Amazon Brazil / Amazon Mexico / Amazon Australia

“Can you imagine a dwarf knocking out a mammoth? That’s what The Snake Charm is; small but packs a punch.” – David on Goodreads

the-fishermans-net-coverUntold centuries ago, the Archipelago was ruled by the Alder—mysterious beings who vanished, leaving behind only scattered artefacts of unknown power, called Vestige. Sometimes, a person will be lucky or unlucky enough to discover that each piece of Vestige has its own tale to tell…

The Fisherman’s Net

A humble fisherman in a village of the coast of the island of Linde buys a trinket at the market, which he discovers is Vestige. The poor man soon becomes the best fisherman in the village and marvels at his newfound wealth. One day, he ensnares a most unusual catch: a Chimaera sea maiden that isn’t meant to exist. And he’s not sure if he can let her go.

Vestigial Tales are stories set in the world of the award-winning Micah Grey series. Step behind the circus ring from Pantomime, the theatre of Shadowplay, and more…

Add on Goodreads!

PURCHASE:

Smashwords / iTunes / Scribd / Amazon US / Amazon UK Amazon Canada / Amazon India / Amazon Germany / Amazon France / Amazon Spain / Amazon Italy / Amazon Japan / Amazon Brazil Amazon Mexico / Amazon Australia

“I think The Fisherman’s Net completely succeeds when it comes to expanding the Pantomime universe by giving us a glimpse into its folklore. There’s just something really nice about getting to read a story that little Micah or Drystan probably heard as children. Also, unlike many real-life popular fairy tales, there is nothing weak or foolish about the female characters presented here.” – Nancy on Goodreads

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