So I received my first quarter sales/royalty report from Iuniverse yesterday–only one week late, but who’s counting. It was among one of the lowest payouts I have had, thusly, I proceeded to pout and continue to put on my nursing uniform, with heavy disappointment.
I now know what it sounds like when doves cry. *cough*
However, when I was able to download the actual reports today, I gotta say that as far as payouts goes, I’m not buying me a new car just yet, nor have I hit the pinnacle $100 sales (short .50cents) via royalty generated through Iuniverse (although I’ve made ten times that amount in out-of-the-trunk-of-my-car sales), but the actual sales were the second largest I’ve had. All sales, minus one, were e-books, which reflects on why the royalties were so low, because the payout is only about $1.00 per book. There was one physical book purchased, and with the payout rate, I’m going to assume it was through Barnes and Noble because Amazon payout on physical books is half that.
All-in-all the 1st Quarter was okay. I’m not sure how the 2nd Quarter will look because I haven’t been promoting too much. Not that I gave up, but I did get tired of all the social media time hoarding and too be honest, I just needed a bit of a break to enjoy my free time. I am a writer not a marketer! I may just make t-shirt that says that. Over all sales have been fabulous, but again, the majority of books sold have been physical copies I carry with me. And starting in July, I will hit the active marketing scene again.
I was told if you sell (for profit) ten books to people you don’t know, you did nice.
Sell fifty books (for profit) to people you don’t know, you did good.
Sell one hundred books (for profit) to people you don’t know, you did great.
Sell more than one hundred books (for profit) to people you don’t know, you have surpassed the average sales of the indie author.
I’m happy to report that I am well over the one hundred mark in paid sales and have been since last October and pushing 200 this summer. But feel free to put more icing on my cake! Amazon, the best $3.79 you’ll ever spend also available on Kindle, Sony readers, Kobo, and iBook.
****Want to know more about Iuniverse royalties, check out my other link here to show the exact breakdown https://newauthorpublishing.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/my-iuniverse-stats-2012/*****
Tania L Ramos, Author Still Putting Up The Numbers