Jeanne: My First Book Birthday

Roses from A&A

Saturday, September 1, was my debut book release. It went well–I even received this lovely bouquet of roses from my daughter, congratulating me on achieving a life-time dream.

Because I’d badgered, I mean, encouraged people to pre-order the ebook, my royalties report on my Amazon Central Dashboard looked like this at the end of the first day:


A few things to notice:

  1. By the end of the first day, I earned just shy of $250.00. This is 1/4 of what I need to earn to make PAN, RWA’s Published Author Network, so I’m pretty tickled. I have no idea how this ranks among typical first days for debut, self-published authors, but I’m happy with it.
  2. I have no paperback sales. Since I know at least one, and probably more, people who ordered the paperback on Saturday, I think this is because paperback sales don’t record until the book actually ships.
  3. I am nearly as popular in Japan as I am in the U.S. The only explanation I have for this is that Eight Lady Michaeline has been has been talking me up over there, so thanks, Michaeline! (Jilly pointed out that this figure could be in yen. If so, it probably represents Michaeline’s purchase. It seems counter-intuitive to me that someone would set up a tabular column containing differing currencies, but the ways of the Zon are mysterious indeed, so I won’t know until I receive my first royalty check.)

I elected to enroll The Demon Always Wins in Kindle Unlimited. This was a decision I debated with the other Ladies, because Amazon has really been challenged, over the past few years, to deal equitably with KU authors. Book scammers and stuffers have been gobbling up the lion’s share of the bonus money through unfair practices (e.g. writing fake books that don’t actually contain a coherent story and jamming a bunch of junk into a book to inflate the number of pages that show up as read when the reader jumps to the end).  Fortunately, the Zon recently took action to remedy these problems and I’m hearing good things about the results.

As of Monday morning, I showed 536 pages read. No idea what this will translate to in royalties, but my guess is less than a dollar.

In other statistics:

  • I have seven reviews showing on Amazon, averaging 4.8 stars.
  • My book, at the highest point I saw, ranked 3539 in Kindle Paranormal romance and 65,538 overall in the paid Kindle store.

Over the next month, I have a 50+ stop blog tour planned, including a feature on the USA Today HEA blog this Thursday, September 6th. Although I know blog tours work better to build name recognition than to actually sell books, I’m hoping to score a few more sales over the course of the month.

So if you know anyone who’s interested in reading a funny, thoughtful, sexy paranormal story, please feel free to share this link: The Demon Always Wins.

11 thoughts on “Jeanne: My First Book Birthday

  1. Congratulations again on your book birthday. It has been great to watch the whole process (not to mention to read the book).

    Can’t wait for the next book.

  2. Recovering accountant here 😉 . I think the table is in a mixture of currencies, because those are the actual royalties you’ve earned, in those countries, in those currencies. No idea whether the Zon pays you in those currencies or whether you could take the dollar equivalent. Might be a good thing to find out, if you haven’t already, as who knows what your bank might charge you to convert relatively small amounts of overseas currency.

    And more importantly, congratulations on your book birthday. And wishing you many, many happy returns!

    • Using Marie Force’s Author Support Network, I verified that the royalty report is indeed in local currencies. When it becomes payable, the payments report includes an exchange column.

      There’s a member of the Author Support Community who has built an online calculator to do the conversions and estimate KU payments. According to her tool, my earnings currently look more like $144.36.

      If any readers are interested, you can find that tool here:

      • Yeah, Amazon reports in local currencies but pays in dollars if you’re in the US. But you don’t even really need a conversion table. Amazon tells you how many units you sell in whatever territory, and you know how much you get per unit in dollars (or whatever). So the math is easy.
        The whole Amazon experience for the US anyway, could not be simpler. They make it super easy to be a self-published author.

        Congrats, Jeanne, on your first-day sales!

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