Year end. Good time to review my first nine months flogging my books. I published A Body in the Sacristy, the first of my Barrettsport Mysteries on Amazon in April 2018. In the first few weeks I sold books (mostly ebooks) to people in India, Australia, England, United States and Canada. The numbers of sales were small, but I found the number and variety of countries intriguing. In the next eight months I had a slow trickle of sales in the US and Canada but none in ‘exotic’ countries.
On December 5th, I published Tilting at Windmills, my second Barrettsport Mystery. This time not a single sale in my first three weeks, but a large number of page reads on Kindle Unlimited and/or Kindle Owners Lending Library. These reads included both A Body in the Sacristy, a book that had almost no library reads between April and November, and Tilting at Windmills.
Has there been a shift in Amazon customers to borrowing rather than buying books? Or is it a statistical aberration based on the fact my sample size is far too small for statistical significance. It doesn’t really matter. The point is a similar number of people are reading the second book. They are just purchasing it in a different way.
Now, if only one or two of them would post a positive review on Amazon or Goodreads.