One Week of Kitemaster
Kitemaster & Other Stories has been on sale at Amazon and B&N for just over a week now, so I figured it was time for a quick sales check-in. In that first week, I sold:
Not bad. 56 sales means I’ve earned back roughly 75% of the $200 I invested up front for the cover art. It’s significantly lower than the first week numbers for Goblin Tales [Amazon | B&N] though, which sold 66 copies at those two sites in the first 24 hours.
Why the lower sales for Kitemaster? I’m guessing it’s a combination of three things:
- Kitemaster is priced at $3.99, while Goblin Tales is $2.99. (Kitemaster also has a little more content.) I don’t know how much of a difference that extra buck makes. Keep in mind that each sale of Kitemaster also earns a bit more in royalties, so it might balance out.
- Goblin Tales had a direct connection to my goblin series, meaning those fans were probably more likely to buy it. Kitemaster lacks that link to my better-known work.
- With Goblin Tales, I did a few guest blog posts and generally promoted a little harder. While I did some promotion for Kitemaster, I didn’t do quite as much.
Sales on Kitemaster dropped off quickly after that first day, much more than Goblin Tales, but again it’s hard to say why. I didn’t see any significant boost in sales of Goblin Tales from the release of Kitemaster, either.
With only two books and several potential variables, there aren’t many conclusions I can draw here. The $3.99 price point seems to work, in that it looks like I’ll eventually turn a profit on the project. I do think you need to take a long-tail view on this sort of thing. The sales aren’t huge, but Goblin Tales continues to sell a handful of copies each week. Here’s hoping that trend keeps going.
My thanks, as always, to everyone who picked up the book, and especially those of you who posted reviews or mentioned it online. Very much appreciated!
iBooks and Kobo still haven’t gotten Kitemaster added to their stores. I’ll add those links to my bookstore as soon as I have them.
In the meantime, for anyone who can’t use the online stores due to regional restrictions, you can order the .epub file of Kitemaster directly from me through PayPal. Once I receive your order, I’ll try to e-mail the file (DRM-free) to you within 24 hours. If I’m at a con or something like that, it might take a little longer.
Stephen A. Watkins
August 23, 2011 @ 10:51 am
Has anyone ever thanked you for taking the time to update us on how you’re doing, behind the scenes, with sales and whatnot? I, for one, find it a really valuable and informative insight. So, thank you.
Jim C. Hines
August 23, 2011 @ 11:24 am
Occasionally, yes. But it’s always nice to hear it again. Thanks 🙂
August 23, 2011 @ 5:04 pm
Hi…I’m new to your site and writing. Just read The Gift of the Kites yesterday. I didn’t realize this collection of shorts was available. I probably didn’t look hard enough but I’m glad you mentioned it today. So count that as one more Amazon sale. I’m looking forward to the stories.
Jim C. Hines
August 23, 2011 @ 7:43 pm
Thank you! It only went up for sale a week ago, so that’s totally understandable. I hope you enjoy ’em!
August 24, 2011 @ 5:15 am
I know I mentioned it some time ago, but aren’t “Goblin Tales” and “Kitemaster” some of your books ?
Shouldn’t they have a “prominent position” on your “Home” page just like your full novels do ?
Something like “Since then, my short fiction has appeared in places like Realms of Fantasy, Sword & Sorceress, and Turn the Other Chick. Some of these short stories are included in two short Collections : Goblin Tales and Kitemaster. I’ve written seven books for DAW (so far), including The Stepsister Scheme and the humorous Goblin Quest series.