Sometimes it’s easy to get discouraged when you’ve published a book. We’re not all Seth Godin. Books don’t fly off the virtual shelves. So I thought it might help to take a look at the numbers and try to keep them in perspective.
Addition by Adoption officially released on May 11 with a pre-sale in April. A few numbers to date:
- Copies sold: 185
- Copies in circulation: 212 (we’ve handed out 27 freebies for publicity, promotion and to friends/family)
- Total donated to charity: water from book sales: $568
- Total donated to charity: water by others: $1,478
- Total raised for charity: water: $2,046
- Number of people receiving clean water so far: 102
- Amount we still need to raise to build a well in Ethiopia: $2,954
That’s all pretty incredible. Namely that a self-published book by an author with no platform (love my Twitter friends, but 1,600 followers is not a platform) could sell 185 copies. Even more incredible is that folks have pitched in nearly $1,500 to help build this well in Ethiopia with charity: water. That’s awesome.
What’s a little less awesome is that my net-profit is currently negative. People have told me that writing books is not a good way to make money, and I’m seeing how true that is. Though in all fairness, part of that negative profit is due to unsold inventory from an event that wasn’t very successful. If I can sell that unsold inventory I’ll be back in black (want a multi-copy pack or an Awesome Edition?).
Yes, I’ve become the self-published author with a box of unsold books in the basement.
Though they’re not in a box in the basement, they’re sitting on a shelf in my office. And now I’m thinking a shelf full of my own books in my office is a little narcissistic.
Then again, it’s a Twitter book. Maybe that fits.
So 185 books and $2,046 for clean water in Ethiopia! Those are good numbers. Thank you.