jeriendhal: (Default)
Amazon KDP (finally) updated their data reports to include historic data, allowing me to see my total royalty profits over time.

Since I've started e-publishing there in September of 2011, I've made US$1952.70 in royalties, averaging $325.45 per year.

So, not "Quit my job" great, but not completely insignificant either. Not bad for a guy who's specialty is Furry themed light romances
jeriendhal: (Red Vixen)
 The Complete Red Vixen Adventures is now available for pre-order in both Kindle ($5.99) and trade paperback ($19.99) for a June 1st. 2017 release.

Since 2011 readers have enjoyed the adventures of the Darktail family and their entanglements with the vivacious space pirate, the Red Vixen. Now this brand new collection gathers all the major stories in the series Captive of the Red Vixen, Shadow of the Red Vixen, Shadow of Her Sins, Shadow of Doubt, The Red Vixen at Sea and I Fought the Claw and the Claw Won, plus two never before published short stories "Solstice Gifts" and "The Parable of the Glassblower" along with an appendix featuring fun world building notes.
jeriendhal: (Red Vixen)
Love on the beach... and the rocks.

Lady Melanie Lovejoy's former life as the vivacious space pirate the Red Vixen is over. Escaping the consequences of her criminal career proves more difficult, as her husband, Rolas, is seeming to reconsider the wisdom of marrying a vixen with such a checkered past. But he proves to have his own secrets, as a lover from his troubled youth returns to the scene.

Trying to reconcile their past lives, Melanie and Rolas leave on a sailing trip to work things out. However, after an unexpected storm strands their boat and leaves Rolas critically injured, Melanie must fight for both their lives. For there is a monster here, and it needs the two shipwrecked foxen for its own plans, in the final exciting entry of the
Red Vixen Adventures!

The Red Vixen at Sea is available for $2.99 exclusively through Amazon.com, and will release on May 26th, 2017.

(sorry about the crap cover art. I'll fix it when the opportunity presents itself.)
jeriendhal: (Grumpy)
So far I've been sitting on the next Red Vixen story and the collected edition for a bit over three months now trying to obtain cover art, dealing with two cover artists, one who bowed out apologetically and the other who has gone dark for almost a month. At this point it seems unlikely to happen unless I can get a thousand bucks through Kickstarter to pay Meg Syverud's going rate for two covers. I'm wondering if I should say to heck with it and just use Amazon's generic cover creator so I can at least get them out the door until I afford to get something more presentable.


jeriendhal: (Ali)
Peta actually contacted me and agreed to take a shot at both covers. I owe her big.

Well crud

Mar. 29th, 2017 04:55 am
jeriendhal: (Ali)
Got a private note from my regular cover artist, pleading creative burnout, which I can't blame her for. Unfortunately it does mean I'm at a loss for cover art for "The Red Vixen at Sea" and "The Complete Red Vixen Adventures."

The main problem she was good and obscenely cheap (which I have pointed out to her before). It's a combination I'm unlikely to find again easily. Cover art for furry novels like these are rather dependent on showing off the characters so the reader knows what they're getting, and character art almost always means commissioning something instead of using open source images and an online cover creator.

So at this point I'm either going to have to go with that, or find an artist and do a Kickstarter to pay them what they're worth.

Unless [livejournal.com profile] chaypeta is willing to work for Terinu fanfics. :/
jeriendhal: (Red Vixen)
Sometime in the last week the Captive of the Red Vixen audiobook reached fifty sales. No bad I suppose for a three year old audiobook with zero advertising or word of mouth.
jeriendhal: (Grumpy)
OK, for those of you who didn’t know, I’m in the process of putting together The Complete Red Vixen Adventures, which have all of the primary RVA stories (Captive of the Red Vixen, Shadow of the Red Vixen, Shadow of Her Sins, Shadow of Doubt, and The Red Vixen at Sea), in addition to the side stories I Fought the Claw and the Claw Won, Solstice Gifts, The Parable of the Glassblower and an appendix with several of the worldbuilding articles I’ve written over the years, plus possibly interior illustrations if I put together a Kickstarter for the audiobook and add them as a stretch goal.

Currently the ebook version of this monster is going to be a hair over 450 pages at 12 point type.  Big, but perfectly reasonable. It’s not like it’ll add any weight to your Kindle.

Going with the same type size (to save my already terrible eyesight) in a trade paperback size, that will work out to over eleven hundred and fifty pages. Cheating and reducing the typeface to 10 point will drop it down to just over seven hundred and eighty pages. That’s frigging Stephen King and GRRM territory.

So, yeah.

Just wondering if I should still go through with this, give it up, or blind everyone with an 8 pt. typeface... 
jeriendhal: (Red Vixen)
Okay, it's been a bit over a year and a half since the release of the Captive of the Red Vixen audiobook. I'm going to be honest here, I don't think I've got another Kickstarter in me. Running it the last time was a stressful experience that I'm in no hurry to repeat, especially since realistically any future funding would be to the tune of $200 per hour of audio. That said, I might consider doing it again, or perhaps a GoFundMe campaign to pay for another book, if the demand was really there. Hence the poll.

[Poll #2047369]
jeriendhal: (For Your Safety)
The Fall of Man, My first For Your Safety short story collection is now available for purchase at Amazon.com for the low price of $2.99.

This is how the World ends
Not with a bang
Not with a whimper.
But a quiet sigh
And a promise to do better.

The Earth is teetering on the edge of an environmental disaster, and Mankind can do nothing to stop it. So Man's creations take matters into their own hands. But if the Earth is to survive, it will first have to be conquered.

This collection includes the original short stories "For Your Safety" and "Mimsey's Tale" and four all new stories set during the time of the Groupmind Rebellion.
jeriendhal: (Ali)
In celebration of LGBT Pride Month, and the recent release of Shadow of Doubt, this Saturday and Sunday I am giving away the two previous Salli and Ali adventures Shadow of the Red Vixen and Shadow of Her Sins as free downloads on Amazon.com. Download them now!
jeriendhal: (Red Vixen)
In celebration of LGBT Pride Month, and the recent release of Shadow of Doubt, this Saturday and Sunday I will be giving away the two previous Salli and Ali adventures Shadow of the Red Vixen and Shadow of Her Sins as free downloads on Amazon.com. Download them and catch up with Lady Salivera and ex-pirate Alinadar as they find love and healing together after lives filled with pain.
jeriendhal: (Red Vixen)
Since [livejournal.com profile] theferrett is conducting a survey on how well self-publishers do, I decided to compile my data for him, and also post it here.

* * *

Some caveats: This is only my Amazon.com sales. I don’t offer all my works on Smashwords, and anyway the sales there are minimal compared to Amazon, perhaps $10.00 in royalties in a very good year.
I have fifteen works for sale, consisting of seven novellas, seven short stories, and a self-published audiobook
Good Landing is a short story that I offered for free when I first started on Amazon. The first few weeks it was there downloads of it went through the roof, for reasons I’ve never really been able to understand, since I didn’t promote it in any way.

Average price for my novellas is $2.99. Shorts other than Good Landing, of which I have six, are $0.99. My most popular series is The Red Vixen Adventures, which mostly hits the Sci-Fi Furry LGBT Romance market. After that it’s my two For Your Safety shorts, which are speculative fiction about a rather gentle Robot Apocalypse. I’m hoping to break out of the Furry market with those stories, which I’m putting out in a paired set of collections with other shorts in the same universe.

Post 2014 I haven ‘t pushed anything until the recent June release of Shadow of Doubt and my sales tanked accordingly.

Sales History
2011
Good Landing: 2514
Other: 99

2012

Good Landing: 26
Captive of the Red Vixen (November free promotion): 794
Other: 276

2013

Good Landing: 313
Other: 400

2014

Good Landing: 112
Other: 356

2015

Good Landing: 41
Other: 198

2016 (through May)

Good Landing: 0
Other: 53

Lifetime

Free: 3800
Paid: 1382
jeriendhal: (Red Vixen)
Shadow of Doubt, the next chapter in the exciting Red Vixen Adventures series is now available for pre-order at Amazon.com, for the low price of $3.49!

* * *

Love doesn't equal acceptance...

The foxen noblevixen Lady Sallivera Darktail is returning home to Foxen Prime for some much needed medical attention, accompanied by her bodyguard and lover, Alinadar. But her chance for rest is short-lived, as she must face her parents' disapproval in her choice of an ex-pirate and convicted criminal as her beloved.

Meanwhile Alinadar has her own troubles. A convicted pirate and ex-child soldier, she must attempt to reconnect to a family she'd thought long lost. But how can she find peace with so much blood on her hands? And how can she convince Salli's disapproving family to accept her?

And unbeknownst to both of them, the enemy that has harried the House Darktail for so long has one more strike prepared to doom Salli and Ali's hard fought love.


* * *

Shadow of Doubt will release on June 1st.
jeriendhal: (Red Vixen)
Summary: Well that sucked, or maybe it didn't. Only 8 sales, but I had about 600 KOLL pages read, which would sound more impressive if Amazon would deign to actually tell me what they're paying per page.

Things to Do: Still working on Shadow of Doubt which is coming along (relatively) quickly. Hoping to have it down within a month if I'm lucky.


Sales Report: KDP/KOLL


Captive of the Red Vixen: 0/466

For Your Safety: 3/0

Prisoners of War: 0/134 (0/20 DE)

Shadow of Her Sins: 1/0

Shadow of the Red Vixen: 1/1

The Dragon’s Companion: 1/0

Teal's War: 1/0

Unexpected Diversions: 1/0

Total Sales: 8/601
jeriendhal: (Ali)
Summary:Trying to get back into the habit of monthly reporting for the start of the year.

Sales were definitely down in 2015 compared to the previous year. Total before tax profit from KDP, ACX, and Smashwords was $280.51, compared to about $600 the year before. Blame for that is squarely on me, since I didn’t publish anything new to support sales of my back catalog. Also the sales of CotRV audiobook have been pretty disappointing, coming to about eleven units since October of 2014 after subtracting the complimentary copies given out to my Kickastarter supporters.

Comparatively speaking sales picked up towards the middle of January, fueled I think by one of my unpublished FYS stories being chosen as a Daily Deviation on DeviantArt. Still down compared to the same time the year before, but an improvement compared to previous months.

Things to Do: Still working on Shadow of History Doubt and The Red Vixen at Sea. The former is much closer to completion, and I’m hoping to have it out in the next couple of months. I’ve also restarted Prisoners of History, a non-salacious follow-up to Prisoners of War, tying it more firmly in the RVA universe.

Also in progress are various shorts set in the FYS. At the urging of Ryk Spoor, AKA [livejournal.com profile] seawasp, I’m trying to put together a pair of short story collections, one for stories set during the Groupmind’s rebellion and takeover of the Earth, the second during the era of the Ring. Ryk seems to think the latter period would be a unique setting for science fiction, given the Groupmind’s lack of malicious intent compared to universes like Jack Williamson’s The Humanoids.


Sales Report: KDP/Pages Read


Captive of the Red Vixen: 3/1 (1/0 DE)

For Your Safety: 4/0

I Fought the Claw & the Claw Won: 3/0 (1 UK, 1 DE)

Mimsey's Tale: 1/0

Prisoners of War: 1/0 (1 UK)

Shadow of Her Sins: 3/170 (1 UK, 1 DE)

Shadow of the Red Vixen: 3/0 (1 UK, 1 DE)

Total Sales: 18/171
jeriendhal: (Kinky)
I wonder how much it would cost to get POW translated into German to replace the English version on Amazon.de? Probably too much.

(Hey, it's my top seller in that market...)
jeriendhal: (Red Vixen)
Summary: Very late report this time around. Sorry

The sales slump continues. I have to get new stories out. About the only good thing is I've got one short RVA tale in the can and two longer novellas in production. But the two cover artists I habitually use are unavailable now and finding another that will work at such reasonable rates is daunting.

Things to Do: Still working on Shadow of History and The Red Vixen at Sea. I've done a few more shorts in the FYS that aren't really long enough to rate individual sales, but I might start pulling them together for a collection.


Sales Report: KDP/KOLL


Captive of the Red Vixen: 3/2 (1/0 CA)

CotRV Audiobook: 3

For Your Safety: 9/0 (1/0 CA)

Good Landing: 2*

I Fought the Claw & the Claw Won: 1/1

Mimsey's Tale: (1/0 CA)

Prisoners of War: 0/1

Shadow of Her Sins: 1/1 (1/0 CA)

Shadow of the Red Vixen: 1/2 (1/0 CA)

The Dragon’s Companion: 1/0

Teal's War: 1/0

Unexpected Diversions: 1/0

Total Sales: 19/7
jeriendhal: (Wazagan)
I'm not dead, just not feeling very creative. Which is not a good attitude for a writer trying to make money off their product, but I'm about a half step above "amateur hobbyist" in this business anyway.

Speaking of moving product, the first few days of January have been a bit odd, saleswise. January 1st I had three outright sales and two KOLL payments, as of today I've had ten sales total. Which is over 1/3 of what I made total last month. I suspect it's just the usual post-Christmas bump where everyone is using their Amazon gift cards.

My year end review is still a work in progress. I might wait on posting until I get the tax profit information from Amazon and my other sales venues. Adding up the total number of units sold gives some surprising results, but overall I think sales were down compared to the year before. Compared to 2013, I only published one new story and the audiobook version of Captive, which not a good way to either get new readers or continue feeding the old ones.

Bleah.
jeriendhal: (Red Vixen)
Summary: Decidedly meh sales month. Not the way I'd wanted to end the year, though the New Year is starting a bit brighter, with four sales already this morning. Sales of the audiobook continue to be lousy, with only one at the beginning of the month. I need to figure out how ot promote it better I think.


Things to Do: Still working on Shadow of History and The Red Vixen at Sea. I've also begun a new For Your Safety short that might lead to some big changes in that universe.

Sales Report: KDP/KOLL


Captive of the Red Vixen: 4/3 (1/1 UK)

CotRV Audiobook: 1

For Your Safety: 3/0

Good Landing: 5*

I Fought the Claw & the Claw Won: 3/0

Mimsey's Tale: 1/0

Prisoners of War: 2/1

Shadow of Her Sins: 2/0 (1/0 UK)

Shadow of the Red Vixen: 3/0 (1/0 UK)

The Dragon’s Companion: 1/0

Total Sales: 20/4

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