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Some nice round numbers!

As of yesterday, we've sold 3000 copies of Seventh Bride!

December was the best month of self-pub sales I've ever had, probably owing to the fact that Bride ended up as a Kindle Daily Deal (which I would never have noticed if haikujaguar hadn't pointed it out!) Bride has blown the doors off my previous self-pub books, selling slightly more books in around two months than Nine Goblins did in over a year (although it's gotten a nice bump from Bride, thankfully, because I want to keep writing about the Whinin' Niners...one of these days...)

The Kindle sales bump lasted through most of December, sliding down over time, but still above where it'd be on its own, I'm guessing. (Smashwords is only good for the intial sales bump for me, Draft2Digital sells around a book a day to people in other eco-systems, Kindle is where most of the action is. These are the facts, even if I could wish for a more diverse sales world.)

While none of the money has landed yet, assuming Amazon does not drop dead tomorrow (seems unlikely) and that the various vendors pay me,* that puts hard numbers for Bride above the median for an unagented fantasy novel advance (at least, as of a decade ago, re: Tobias Buckell's author advance survey 2.0) and so far as I am concerned, everything after that is gravy. (It is still substantially less than my first agented advance for my first children's book, but we're talking, if not apples and oranges, at least oranges and nectarines.)

As I said on Twitter some weeks ago, it's all because of the bird skull on the cover. Bird skulls sell. That's my theory. I'm putting bird skulls on everything and changing Red Wombat Studio to Bird Skull Press. (Not really.)

And also Cloak Guy.

Anyway, you can find ways to order Seventh Bride or read free short stories by my alter-ego, T. Kingfisher, over at said alter-ego's website

*Old freelancer habit. That is Schrodinger's payment until it lands in the account.

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That's Great!

"Old freelancer habit. That is Schrodinger's payment until it lands in the account."

AKA, "Until I can pay the rent/mortgage with it, it's not a payment." :)

How on earth did I miss it being a Kindle daily deal?? I get emails for this sort of thing! Now I'm sad, I missed out on buying it for Christmas. Urk.

I'm been a fan (and blog follower) for yeeeaaars, but only just got around to purchasing your T. Kingfisher books. I bought them all on Friday evening. By Saturday afternoon, they were gone. Not GONE gone, but gone like a plate of cookies that was been devoured gone. If they'd been hard copies rather than Kindle, I can't swear that there wouldn't have been stray pages flying about and word-crumbs in my hair, a la Cookie Monster.

I hope we see more like these from you, though I know your Real Job takes priority!

Oh, wow! They're not epic fantasies, but that's a lot of pages to get through in a day! *grin* Glad you liked them!

*points above* This? This book-devouring habit? This is why the hardest part of proofreading (for me) is slowing down and actually LOOKING at individual words, otherwise I'll just speed through and my brain will blithely auto-correct most of the text.

Awesome - I bought it myself last week with my Christmas money. (I knew that I wanted it for ages, but I couldn't justify spending anything until after Christmas.)

Yay! I am happy that it is doing well.

Unfortunately, the process of getting something from Smashwords to the Kindle app on my smartphone is arcane. If you have an actual Kindle, you can just hit "download to Kindle" and you're done, but getting something I bought there to actually show up in the library on my phone... well, let's just say it didn't happen until Amazon developed the "e-mail something to your Kindle" function, and required using my desktop as an intermediary. Which has made me a little leery of buying anything else directly from Smashwords, which is a shame because I'd really rather support them than Amazon.

You might look into the Kobo.com smartphone app; draft2digital sends there too, and a lot of indie bookstores have affiliate deals with kobo such that it's kind of like buying from them. (and it will read formats other than the kindle one.) I also like it as a reading experience slightly better than the Kindle app. You still have to buy it from their website, but then it automagically shows up in the app in the appropriate manner.

I loved reading it, and will definitely read it again. Thank you for having the Smashwords option for those of us using epub format. I read ebooks on my laptop, and have compatibility issues with B&N (they ended the Nook for Mac and Nook for PC programs), so Smashwords is my favorite vendor.

you could use the Wombat ala Poe, holding the Bird Skull in a conversation..

We got a Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas. A couple of the first book purchases for it were of 9 and 7th. Have already purchased the PDF version of "Toad Words," or that would have been in the collection as well.


Clearly she needs to write 1-6 and 8 now.



(*waves* and smiles at AAB in recognition, also.)

Ebooks are my reward for going to the gym - I read on the elliptical. I got to start Seventh Bride today. Can't wait to work out tomorrow!

Hey, is Seventh Bride going to come out on the Kobo online store? (Or I suppose, has it already but for some arcane reason I can't see it yet?) If it is, I'll wait, but if it isn't I'll grab it off Smashwords and do battle with Calibre. I need gesticulating hedgehogs, I have been promised gesticulating hedgehogs.

I have it now, so crisis averted! In the end, it appeared on the webpage (including the link you sent me, but also if I just searched myself) and also in the bookstore on my Kobo, but NOT, for some ungodly reason, on the bookstore in the Kobo program on my computer, which is where I normally buy all my books from. But I bought it through the device bookstore instead, so now I have it. So I guess that counts as mildly annoying rather than deeply problematic, but still. Anyway. Got my hedgehogs now.

If you are not in the US, Kobo may not show you books when you search for them! At least one of my various acquaintances was making grouchy noises, because ze was searching for mine, and they weren't there. I went and futzed with the URL and they still appeared, and when ze did the same, ze could see them. But basically, if you can't find a book on Kobo, alter the URL to http://store.kobobooks.com/EN-US/ and search from that page.

skulls sell.

Maybe a wombat skull design?


I really enjoyed the Seventh Bride, especially the bit about swans. People really need to know the dark truth about swans.

I think you have a point on the cover art, actually. Only the other way around. With all respect possible to your art (I was a fan of your art way before you started this writing thing!... and btw, SOME of us are still hoping for House of Red Fireflies one day. Or at least Happy Little Chupacabra Vists the Mayan Underworld), I'm not sure how much the 9 Goblins art is really helping. My impression was "kid's novel. Silly little light kid's novel." And then I read your description and thought "wait, NOT silly light kid's book? But..!?"

Admittedly, this isn't why I didn't buy your book. That was because I'm not getting anywhere near enough reading done anyway, and because I don't have a kindle, and don't like trying to read big things on my computer. So I'm a mostly irrelevant market-survey data point, until you manage to start publishing these not only in paperback but also with a special paper that reduces procrastination.

But personally, I didn't really feel I knew what I'd be getting into with Nine Goblins - despite being a long-term fan of yours - in part because of the art, whereas Seventh Bride I felt I had a pretty clear idea. I suspect that's even stronger for people who aren't long-term fans of yours.

Also, anecdotally, I know some people who hadn't heard of you but liked your piece in the Women Destroy Fantasy thing, and wanted to find other stuff by you. Seventh Bride seemed more in the vein of your established brand!

[Don't know whether that means you should break out of that brand before it becomes constrictive, or whether you should stear into it and milk the brand for all it's worth, but it may be a part of the difference in sales.]

Congrats, anyway.

No, that's totally fair, and part of the problem is that *I* don't know what to call Nine Goblins...my agent pitched it a bunch and the response was usually something along the lines of "We like this but we cannot for the life of us figure out what it is or how to sell it, so we're passing."

Covers are primarily to tell people what kind of book they're getting, and...well, there's the problem. I suspect that Nine Goblins (and the eventual sequels) will always be weird little comic-and-then-horror fantasies that are hard to classify, and I will probably eventually settle for just having them all look like each other.

It was much easier with Seventh Bride, and I deliberately set up the cover for Toad Words so that I'd have a cohesive visual "brand" for the fairy-tale retellings. I don't have any desire to break out of that yet--I've got at least three more in the works before I get tired of them!--and I wanted them to be kinda unified visually in that regard, so the later books will probably all look similar but with different objects breaking out of the banner frame.

So I don't usually comment on livejournal at all, but I bought Seventh Bride yesterday to read during my flight, and I just had to say something. And that something is this:

I knew I would like the book because you've never written anything I've disliked, but I somehow wasn't expecting Seventh Bride to be quite as dark as it was. Like, wow that was deeply disturbing. I mean that in the best way possible, I loved the book, but damn I had strange dreams last night.

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