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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Pics or It Didn't Happen

I keep trying to think of something inspiring to say to go with this blog. Something about how indie authors can make it and you shouldn't give up on your dreams. About changing tides and control being in the hands of the writers and the readers for the first time. But in my mind, I'm really just thinking, "Holy hell. I can't believe this happened." 

I don't have much  else to say about my December sales, except thank you. Thank you!




B&N sales are tricky because Yesterday & Today's sales aren't included in the monthly total, so I tried to put the three spread sheet things together as best I could.
Smashwords has reported some sales from November, which I subtracted off of the total. But they've only reported sales from Barnes & Noble through 12/25, and I know I've sold books through them in the last 5 days. So this number is actually a bit low.



My total sales for the month of December as of 8:30 PM, 12/30/10 are an absurdly even 99,000.

Which brings my total books sold, since April 15, 2010: 148,887 books

24 comments:

  1. Wow Amanda!!! You're sales are through the roof!!! You so deserve it though!

    And THANK YOU for helping me to realize that I can live my dream of being a writer and living off of my books' proceeds (At least now I know it CAN be done!). I held myself back in fear of the publishing world and never thought for a second that I could write any other way and be successful. You are such an inspiration, and I plug your books and blog every chance I get. You are incredible and have created a wondrous world and characters with your Trylle Trilogy!

    Again congratulations! Keep rocking the indie publishing world!

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  2. That is AWESOME! Congratulations!

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  3. Truly amazing. Congratulations, Amanda, and thanks for sharing your success story.

    David

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  4. Nice pictures:-). Congrats on your sales!

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  5. Your story is really inspiring, and I'm very glad I can come back and read your blog without having to wade through the ego that comes with your success.

    I read your blog back when you wrote about buying headphones. It seems like such a small thing, but having the power to buy, and buy comfortably, is an amazing thing.

    Congratulations on all your success and I look forward to hearing more!

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  6. Hey Amanda, just wanted to say I freakin love you. And you are an inspiration. And happy new year. But mostly I want to say that you are an inspiration. And awesome. And I just bought a couple of your books and I love the fact that you wrote a zombie book and I can't wait to read it. Sorry if none of this makes sense. I'm just really excited. And high on caffeine.

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  7. Congrats Amanda. You're hard work is finally paying off. I'm glad to see a fellow Minnesotan have such wonderful success. Keep it going and thanks for being so open and honest.

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  8. Wow!! Amanda this is truly awesome! I love your books and can't wait for Ascend and Honalee. Very well-deserved and your writing just keeps getting better and better. I'm very excited for you. Thanks for sharing your success so that those of us who are still new to the Indie publishing world can have someone to look up to.

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  9. What's left to say except...congrats! :)

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  10. Amanda you deserve it all and more!! You, your writing and your books inspire sooo many to do what they had only dreamed of doing! You're books have drawn me into this "MOST AMAZING, CREATIVE, SCARY, ODD AND LOVING WORLD" and it was only by chance that I had come across your books. Please continue doing what you have to do to make this work for you and your readers. It will only get better, that I believe.

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  11. That is absolutely incredibly!!!! Congrats!!! Though, you can only expect your sales to increase. Your work is amazing. I know I have personally spread the word about you to everyone I know that enjoys reading.

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  12. That is so freaking awesome! Congrats. You DO realize of course that you probably just made a teacher's salary in a month (maybe a little more. I'm not super clear on how much teachers make now.)

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  13. Actually, you probably made a lot more than a teacher's salary in a month. I stick by my "I want to be Amanda Hocking" when I grow up.

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  14. *picking up my jaw*

    That's just... I can't even... Holy... Are you kidding...? Wow.

    I don't even want to be you. I just want to be 1/4 you in a year. I will be very happy with that.

    Thanks for sharing, because you really have every right to tell people to get a life and leave you alone. But for those of us just starting out, this gives a lot of much needed encouragement.

    Amy

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  15. Congrats, again!! You are an inspiration!! Here's to an even better 2011!

    Terri

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  16. Posts like this are what keep me going when I check my amazon sales and see only 2 new books sold all day. I tell myself that people ARE doing this and selling novels and someday it will click into gear for me as well.

    Huge congratulations. I hope the stress levels out a bit for you, too.

    Aaron
    epubmanifesto.blogspot.com

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  17. It's just awesome to see an indie author doing so well! Congrats! Hope your 2011 is even better!

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  18. Thank you for sharing this. Keeps us unpublished writers motivated to keep going and hoping. Congratulations! This is exciting.
    Funny Stuff I Write

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  19. ugh. wow. I just saw you say on Kindle Boards you'd sold 99,000 BOOKS in December, not that you had made $99,000 (though even then that's like 2 or 3 teacher's salaries in a month.) I had such a hard time conceptualizing that amount of money in one month the first time that I sounded like a big moron. Wow.

    Holy damn, Amanda. Seriously, you are my Yoda. And this only means you're going to have a private island, faster! Please let me come over and ogle your cabana boy. Thank you. That is all. :)

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  20. Huge congratulations, Amanda! You're a star.

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  21. That is amazing. Amazing. Every writers dream.

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  22. WOW!!!! just looked at your figures..OMG!!
    I take my hat off to you...awesome..well done!! Incredible. I don't know you but I am very proud of you:)

    Michelle

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  23. Can't wait to see January's sales, I hear they're good. Congratulations, you rock!

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