Good morning, Rebels, and welcome back to my life.
So the newest volume in the Realm Keepers is shipping to me, and will shortly be shipping to all of the amazing people who pre-ordered it. If you’re not on that list, fear not! You can still get the book, even though it won’t be numbered and autographed.
Want to see the proof copy?
Oh, it’s so beautiful, I just…mwaaaah
Realm Keepers has been tremendous fun to write, and the reaction from the fans has been amazing. But something’s happened with the series recently that just took me completely by surprise, and an analysis of it might be really helpful to you if you’re also a self-publishing author.
I’m gonna show you some graphs of my sales over several months. I removed the numbers but the trends are really interesting. Here’s sales from Amazon since the first Realm Keepers book came out:
It’s pretty good, you know, yay Realm Keepers. But I also publish on Kobo, and Kobo is REALLY, REALLY GOOD in the international market. And we’ve seen a TREMENDOUS response to Realm Keepers internationally. So here’s Kobo’s sales superimposed over that same graph.
Totally cool, right?
But then this last month, Amazon suddenly leapt way up there with tons more sales than we’d ever had before.
Now I monitor our statistics pretty closely, and this came completely out of left field. I didn’t think we were getting that many sales at all. So when I investigated, I found out that most of these sales were coming from Amazon.co.uk. You know, England and Scotland and Ireland. So here’s the same bar graph divvied up between Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk sales.
Okay, now here’s the thing…I have NO IDEA why we’ve suddenly become so much more popular in the UK. Like…hi, British people! We’re so happy you love our books!
…How did you find out about us, exactly?
Let me be clear: I’ve never been to the UK. I don’t know anyone in the UK. So as far as we can tell, this is just purely organic from people in the UK telling their friends about the books, and those people going and buying them.
Listen, if you’re an independent artist like me, you never know where your audience is going to be, at least not at first. But when you start getting a response, wherever it may be, pay attention to those people! That’s your audience!
I NEVER thought we’d be bigger in the UK than we are in the U.S. The thought never even crossed my mind. But the story of the Realm Keepers seems to be resonating with people across the pond.
So…again…wow, thank you UK readers, and we’re so happy to have you with us! I can promise you that if you’re liking the first book, Midrealm, you’re going to LOVE Wyrmspire, and we can’t wait to hear what you think about it. And if you’re reading this and you’re FROM the UK, let me know! Leave a comment or reach out to me on Twitter, because frankly, I don’t know anything about you and I WANT to.
Thank you Rebels, in the UK and all around the world. You’re the reason I keep doing this. And if you’re an indie artist like me, always remember that we’re in a GLOBAL marketplace now, so act accordingly.
Thanks for reading. I’ll see you soon. Byyye.