My third month of Kindle sales has ended (click on the picture of the Amazon Royalty Report for a larger image).
My out-of-print novel THE WALK , priced at $1.99, is my biggest selling Kindle title (not including my MONK books, of course). I sold 444 copies in June and 373 copies in July. This month, I sold about the same, 380 copies, earning me a royalty of $266. I have sold 1197 copies of the Kindle edition so far.
Sales have actually ticked up a bit for my short story collection THREE WAYS TO DIE. I sold 69 copies this month at 99 cents each, for a royalty of $24… that's up from 40 copies in July and 54 copies in June. So sales of both of my "premiere" Kindle titles have remained more or less steady.
In mid-July, I added two more of my out-of-print novels and one non-fiction book to my list of Kindle editions.
My novel MY GUN HAS BULLETS, priced at $1.99, sold 65 copies this month, earning me a royalty of $45.50. That's down from last month, when it sold 95 copies in 17 days earning me $65 in royalties. The sequel, BEYOND THE BEYOND, is also down, selling 21 copies as compared to 29 copies in 14 days in July.
TELEVISION SERIES REVIVALS was only out for two days in July, selling 17 copies at $2.39 each, earning me $14.28. In its first full month of sales, however, it sold a mere 16 copies, earning me $13.44. That's a steep drop…and yet its consistently listed as the #1 bestselling TV reference book in several Amazon categories (History, Direction & Production, Guides & Reviews) on the Kindle. Clearly, that isn't saying much.
This month, I made several more of my out-of-print titles available in the Kindle format.
I added Unsold TV Pilots: The Greatest Shows You Never Saw on August 2, priced at $2.39. I've sold 28 copies for royalty of $24.36. Those sales are pretty weak…and yet that book is consistently listed as the #2 bestselling book in three categories: TV reference, TV direction & production and TV Guides & Reviews. TV reference books clearly don't sell well on the Kindle.
I added a Kindle edition of my out-of-print 1985 paperback .357 Vigilante: #2 Make Them Pay on Aug 5, priced at $2.99. I've sold 25 copies for a royalty of $25.26 . On Aug 19, I added .357 Vigilante #1, also priced at $2.99. I've sold 21 copies for a royalty of $22.05
All together, I earned $436.45 in royalties on my out-of-print books in August, up from $375 in July. As I've said here many times before, that's found money on material that wasn't earning me a dime before, so I am very content with those figures.
I intend to add the two remaining books in the out-of-print ".357 Vigilante" series to the Kindle in the next month or so, even though, as you can see, there really isn't much of a financial incentive to do so.