It was a week ago today that I made the official announcement on my blog about the release of my book. I have to say that the response has been encouraging, humbling, exciting, and a relief. To date, I have sold a total of 38 copies; 34 through Amazon.com, 3 through Amazon.co.UK, and one through Amazon Europe, although I don’t know from which one, France, Germany, Spain, or Italy.
I have my homesteading blog to thank for those sales. Since the book is based on my blog, there is a somewhat ready-made market there. Still, it is a niche book and won’t be of interest to everyone. Even so, the feedback I’m starting to get is encouraging. I knew I wouldn’t make a lot of money at this, but my goal was to encourage others with similar interests. I tried to do this by telling our story, of our ups and downs, and what we learned from them. So much of homesteading is breaking new ground in terms of knowledge and skills. I learn a lot from others and hope others can learn a lot from me.
Besides my two wonderful reviews on Amazon (so far), I’m going to make a “What readers say” page on my publishing website. I can link to that from both this and my homesteading blog. Promoting one’s book is a huge task but makes the difference between sales or no sales. My hope is that my book has enough merit for folks to recommend it to others, gift it to others, and help spread the word.
I should mention that collecting royalties requires a minimum before they are paid out. I can’t find the exact figures for all of them, but I think it’s a minimum of $10 in royalties to receive it from Amazon US. It’s similar for the other channels, so it’s entirely possible to sell books but never get a cent for them because the royalty threshold has never been met.