Eighth week’s sales figure

WEEK EIGHT – to 0700 GMT 26 June 2010

In the past week we have sold the following:

ALOES – 1 copy
DEAR MISTER PRESIDENT – 1 copy
END OF THE TRAIL – 1 copy
SEA CHANGE – 1 copy

Response times were correspondingly quicker, with an average of only 43 minutes  – best 10 minutes, worst 99 minutes – although with such a small sample the value of this information must be open to question.

Needless to say there has been no movement from Astatalk following our takedown request.  Nor have we been reviewed again this week; there must be a limited number of reviewers operating and it’s beginning to look as if we’ve run through them all!

It would be foolish to deny that we’ve hit a bit of a slump in the past couple of weeks, but whether or not this is likely to be the future pattern of our sales we’re unable to say at the moment.  It would be nice to have more titles available, but our intention has always been to concentrate on quality – and we’re not, of course, in this to make money.  Just as well, really, because it doesn’t look as if we will!  Maybe I’ll put the gold-plated Lamborghini on hold for a little while …

Are you interested in Blurb?

We’ve recently been looking at Blurb to see whether there’s anything they can offer us that we’d be interested in. Their prices seem a bit steep, but it would be rather nice to have actual physical copies of our books – and at the same time it could solve some of our distribution problems. The only question, however, is whether people who primarily buy e-books would actually want to own something of this nature, and whether they would consider it a viable alternative way of offering the books in view of the fact that they would be a lot more expensive than the PDFs or EPUBs we are currently offering. (NB: it would also mean spending some time reformatting text etc. to meet their page size standards.)

So, over to you, readers – your opinions on this subject would be very welcome. We’re distracted by ‘the shiny’ and would love to plunge in and experiment, but we don’t have so much money to spare that we feel we can waste it at this stage. Please let us know what you think – is this the sort of idea you might be interested in pursuing? Or is it a blind alley? We look forward to your replies.

Copyright theft

To the person who knowingly and cheerfully stole copyrighted material from us and posted it to various download sites – you, sir or madam, are a crook, but presumably you don’t care about that. You could also put us out of business, but I suppose you don’t care about that either. You’re not skimming exorbitant profits from ‘The Man’ here, you’re screwing a couple of small business-people trying to produce and share good quality fiction and to raise just enough money from it to cover the endless hours of hitherto unrewarded labour that they put in. But never mind, your needs are far more important, you should feel free to take all our hard work and dedication and throw it to the wolves; naturally we don’t care at all, and we’ll be only too delighted to write and publish more fiction for you to steal.

See, world, this is why you can’t have nice things.

Seventh week’s sales figures

WEEK SEVEN – to 0700 GMT 19 June 2010

In the past week we have sold the following:

ALOES – 1 copy
DEAR MISTER PRESIDENT – 3 copies
END OF THE TRAIL – 1 copy
SEA CHANGE – 1 copy

I must admit I find that a little depressing, especially as this was a week when we had several outstanding reviews.  Is everybody watching the World Cup rather than reading?

However – the average response time was two hours 24 minutes, the fastest being 20 minutes and the slowest four hours and sixteen minutes.

Sixth week’s sales figures

WEEK SIX – to 0700 GMT 12 June 2010

In the past week we have sold the following:

ALOES – 3 copies
DEAR MISTER PRESIDENT – 5 copies
END OF THE TRAIL – 5 copies
SEA CHANGE – 1 copies

As for response times, the quickest was fifteen minutes and the slowest eight hours forty-nine minutes, with an average response time this week of three hours thirty-nine minutes.

I can also report, with some relief, that I spent most of yesterday afternoon balancing the books and they’re looking reasonably healthy so far. I don’t suppose we’re ever going to be millionaires, but the Press is covering its outgoings very nicely to date – and most of all it seems to be making a lot of friends.

ETA: Embarrassingly, I forgot to mention that shortly after I posted last week we acquired two customers from our tenth different country – so let’s hear it for the good people of New Zealand!