September 2011 Short Story Sales Stats
The numbers are definitely doing well for September. Here are my numbers for all works under 10,000 words and their collections:
# of works: 16
# of sales: 33
# of works: 16
# of sales: 2
I've actually had a few sales from Apple as well. It's hard to keep track of my progress there because I publish through Smashwords and they update their sales reports roughly the same speed as evolution. But I digress. Most of my Apple sales have been for my two western novellas. But in July I did sell one copy of an under 10k story.
I continued to have "Celebrity Space" set at free for the month of September. The number of free downloads I have on a daily basis on Amazon has remained steady. So that's promising. When I first set the story for free there was a huge spike the first week or so and then it started to taper off. I was worried that eventually the free downloads would stop altogether but that doesn't seem to be the case.
The free option seems to be making no lasting effect whatsoever on B&N. I don't know how many free downloads I have had total (again, Smashwords) but I've been watching the sales rank over there. It fluctuates up and down so I do know that someone is downloading something over there. Based on what I've observed watching my other stories there, I would hazard to guess that I "sell" 1-3 free copies every day. While free seems to encourage Amazon buyers to try other stories in my series, B&N continues to remain an elusive animal.
I do plan on keeping "Celebrity Space" free for another month. It seems to be helping me more than hurting. If if ain't Baroque, don't fix it (music joke!).