You know, there's an interesting emotion that surrounds book sales. If it's your own book, it's kind of a predatory thing. Sales = Survival for many, many authors. Unless you're self-published and not existing on your royalties, sales are Super Important. They can be the difference between you getting another book deal with your current publisher or being left out in the cold and on the hunt again. This completely and utterly sucks because you don't make much money off just a few books. Lots of books - back list - is essential for most authors to make decent money.
Then there are sales for the Literary Lab.
We have two anthologies out now, and we donate all the royalties on both toward charity. The charity organization changes every year, and eventually we hope to make enough to also take a percentage and give it back to the authors as prize money. It's just a thought, and it also depends on how the anthologies do. For now, here are a few statistics for you.
sold through Amazon/CreateSpace
76 print copies sold
16 Kindle copies sold
sold through Lulu - but is now being switched to Amazon/CreateSpace and will be available on Amazon soon.
69 print copies sold
5 pdf copies sold
Not too bad, but I think our sales could rock a lot more than that. What we'd love to see are more reviews and buzz going around about the anthologies. Judy Croome just put up the most amazing review on Goodreads and Amazon for Notes From Underground. Jeannie Miernik also left an amazing highlight review on her blog. Clarissa Draper also recently reviewed some stories from Genre Wars. Thank you, Judy, Jeannie, and Clarissa! So many of you have put up posts about the anthology and talked about it. Thank you! It would be fantastic if you could go rate the anthology on Amazon or Goodreads, as well, and maybe even leave a review if you can and link to it from Facebook and Twitter.
So, I'm thinking about the Literary Lab sales with a predatory gleam in my eye. The thing about this, however, is that you, our readers, can also get that gleam in your eye. These anthologies belong to everyone, and the more we publish the more of you will be published in them. That excites us!
To purchase Notes From Underground, visit The Literary Lab Presents... site.
Genre Wars will be available for purchase on Amazon in the next few days. We'll do an announcement when it's up.