This Week in Self-Publishing: I Got My First Royalty Payments

Patreon revenue: $6,909

Book revenue: $858.05

Book sales: 184 ebooks, 122 paperbacks

Book expenses: $4,143.32

Money spent this week: $0.00


This week, I received my first royalty payments: $283.86 from Pronoun and $29.37 from IngramSpark. (The Pronoun money represents ebooks sold through May 31, and the IngramSpark money represents paperbacks sold through April 30.)

The Biographies of Ordinary People also got its fifth Amazon review, which means I’m now eligible to submit Biographies to a few more promotion sites—which, in turn, should get me some more sales and reviews, which will open up more promotion sites, and so on.

But… I’m not going to do the promotions right away.

First, I’m going to get on a bus to go to Portland and do my reading at Another Read Through. (7 p.m. tonight! Hope to see you there!)

Then, I’ll fly to Missoula and read at Fact & Fiction along with author Kayla Cagan and musicians Marian Call and Seth Boyer. (Friday August 11, 5:30 p.m., and I hope to see you there too!)

Then I need to submit my book to the IPPY and the IBPA awards before the early-bird deadlines run out.

Then I need to re-do my website and prioritize my TinyLetter.

Once all of that is done, I’ll be ready to go for the bigger promotion sites. After all, the goal isn’t just to sell books. It’s to get mailing list subscribers, blog readers, etc. etc. etc. and I want everything I’m presenting to them to look… like something they want.

And something I want, because—like I wrote last week—I want a professional website that highlights both my freelance and my fiction work. I also want to share more through blog posts and TinyLetters and less through Twitter and Tumblr. (Though I’ll still crosspost my TinyLetter to social media. You gotta do that.)

That’s all for now because I gotta GET ON A BUS, y’all. ❤

 

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