Christine Rains and I are trading Indie Life posts today. It’s wonderful to get her wisdom over here.
I’m a logical person. I expect certain things to go a particular way. When I released the 13th Floor novellas this year, I expected the sales to go up as more books came out and that the numbers would rise evenly.
The reality of it is that sales for a series make no sense whatsoever. Here is a list of the 13th Floor books from the best selling to the worst.
- 1) 1302 – THE ALPHA (by far the best seller)
- 2) THE GHOST
- 3) 1304 – THE HARBINGER
- 4) 1303 – THE DRAGONSLAYER
- 5) 1305 &1306 – THE ORACLE & THE VAMPIRE
I didn’t include 1301 – THE MARQUIS because it’s free. It has several thousand downloads, but before I offered it for free, it did not sell well. In fact, THE ALPHA and THE DRAGONSLAYER sold more.
I do not give one book more promotion than another. Each book can stand on their own, but they work much better as a series. THE GHOST and THE HARBINGER have the best reviews, but THE ALPHA still outsells them three to one and not all its reviews are glowing.
My guess is the “werewolf” tag on THE ALPHA attracts attention. Plus, the story features a female Alpha which is unusual in the paranormal romance world. I thought perhaps when THE ORACLE & THE VAMPIRE was released, the “vampire” tag would help sell it, but it sells the least for me. I’ve been criticized for the great flaw I’ve given my vampire. Maybe it chases readers away. Generally, vampire fans seem to want perfection and sparkles.
I thought THE GHOST’s sales were due to it being the final book, but its numbers already far exceed THE ORACLE & THE VAMPIRE’s. It recently inched by THE HARBINGER and THE DRAGONSLAYER. Perhaps ghosts are much more popular than I imagined, or it could be the sweet NA romantic plot.
If you have a series or are planning to release one, be ready for strange sales reports. I can only speculate on why one book sells better than another. Trends, covers, reviews, and readers’ whims all have an effect. Just market each book as best as you can and keep your fingers crossed.
13th Floor Collection
Six supernatural tenants
Living in a haunted apartment building
On a floor that doesn’t exist.
Six novellas telling their tales.
A retired demon acquires a price on his head.
A werewolf is hunted by her pack.
A modern day dragonslayer misses his target.
A harpy challenges Zeus for the soul of the man she loves.
A vampire is obsessed with a young woman he can’t find.
A banshee falls in love with someone who’s death she has seen in a vision.
And a sweet ghost must battle a primal monster to save them all.
All the stories take place at the same time intertwining their lives together on the 13th Floor.
Includes “The Shadow,” a bonus short story.
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Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy player. When she’s not writing or reading, she having adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy Channel. She’s a member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. The 13th Floor series is her first self-published series. She has eight novellas and twenty-one short stories published.
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