Friends it is getting really close to release of my next book. It is a short story called, Punching the Mancard. Here is the description that is going on the back cover and online. What do you think? Want to look at cover options and vote for your favorite? Check out this blog.
In this reminiscent short story, Joseph Fehlen shares a tale of growing up in Northern Wisconsin and his 25-year adventure to break free from adolescence by finally succeeding at the annual rite of passage—deer hunting. The journey starts in the farmlands of western Wisconsin and ends in the north woodland. Along the way, he meets a group of memorable characters, some who wish him ill will and still others that want to push him along this continuum into manhood.
Punching the Mancard, brings the reader right into real-life situations of pain, triumph, and, sometimes, utter boredom. As Joseph becomes a hunter, relationships are renewed and others are forged as mentors and friends teach him about life, family, friends, and what really matters: Following rules; wind direction; big racks; and the importance of the national holiday, the Wisconsin Deer Hunting Season.
This last weekend we celebrated the year anniversary of Ride On getting published! We actually didn’t do much at all. No cake or balloons. I just looked up how much we have in circulation on Amazon and smiled. My goal for the amount of books I would actually sell in the first year was 365. I also thought I would give out for free around 1000.
Well those numbers were blown over because we hit 8310 book in circulation. We sold 1354 and gave away 7093 copies. I won’t be buying a condo in Cancun with my royalties but it gave me hope to keep writing!
Here are a couple other numbers that Amazon keeps on authors..
Highest Amazon Author Rank : This is in relation to other authors and counts all their books.
Paper & Kindle : 18,604
All kindle books: 9401
All kindle religious books: 917
Highest Amazon Sales Rank (tallied daily)
Kindle sales (out of one million) : 11,084
Kindle Free: 43
Paperback sales (out of eight million): 37,544
Thanks for the great year. I won’t be posting my numbers much more in the future. I did these month updates for fellow authors to have an idea of what might take place.
In one month my first book, Ride On, will be a year old. I have been absolutely shocked at how many books are in circulation and the amazing feedback I have gotten thus far. To say thank you to everyone that has supported me and maybe encourage some that haven’t taken the ride yet I will be discounting my Kindle E-book November 24-30. For a couple of days it will be a part of a Kindle Countdown Deal. It will sell for $.99 and towards the end of the sale it will be $1.99 as it works it way back to the normal price of $2.99. During the sale, there will be a countdown clock on the site to let you know when the price will be changing.
After the year anniversary I will not be posting my sales figures monthly any more. More infrequently updates will be given. Many authors have thanked me for my transparency about this part of writing…sales. If you are looking to write a book and want to know my experiences I will be more than happy to share everything I can. As I have shown, you write because you can’t see yourself not putting words on a page. You don’t write because of the grand amounts of money or fame you could possible obtain (I have gotten neither).
Going to be sharing for a couple more month how my book sales are going. I am coming up on a year of Ride on being in circulation. Really happy how it is all going. Way beyond my expectations for distribution.
I am really grateful for each of you that have help promote my first offering. Looking forward to sharing with you my next book, “Punching the Mancard”. It is a story of a young man who doesn’t become a full card-carrying man until he steps back into the woods to finish what he started 25 years earlier.
Also look out for and tell your friends about my Thanksgiving sale of the Kindle version of Ride On. The week of Thanksgiving I will be selling it for $.99.
Her is my distribution for the month of October with the total amounts in parenthesis…
Amazon Paperback: 8 (136)
Kindle Ebook: 65 (515)
Kindle Borrowed: 5 (91)
Kindle Free Giveaway: 0 (6867)
Paperback Personally Sold: 0 (274)
Paperback Free Giveaway: 6 (214)
Books in circulation 85 (8097)
Friends I am happy to announce that you can now get my kindle version of Ride On for $.99 if you purchased the paperback edition on Amazon. It is now a part of Amazon’s MatchBook program. I personally had seven books that I have purchased in the past that I can get a reduced e-version of.
Ride On is currently $7.09 for the paperback. After you purchase it you can get the kindle version for $.99. That is both for a few pennies over $8. So you save a ton of money!