Smashwords makes it very clear that most writers sell very few copies of their ebooks, so I had no illusions when I started of being a success. In fact, I would count myself lucky if I got more than one download for each book. I expected it would take time to build up "sales", especially by word of mouth, since I suck at marketing.

Seriously. If I was good at marketing, I would be doing that for a living instead of trying to become a self-supporting writer.

That was three weeks ago. I have since published 4 free ebooks. How is my "career" working out?

It is still too early to see how well No Torrent Like Greed will ultimately perform, but after a day there have been 33 downloads.

It's the other three that are more significant. Their collective performance has been encouraging, for three reasons.

First, on the day they were each published, they peaked at a higher number of downloads than I expected:

13 for Barbarians R Us

42 for Masie's Mind , and

37 for Feline Savior .

Second, downloads have been holding more or less steady since each was published. Current totals are:

Barbarians R Us -- 48
Masie's Mind -- 115
Feline Savior -- 88

Third, with each new published ebooks, downloads of previous ebooks spike for a short time.

This last is particularly interesting, because it tells me my decisions to publish individual stories and to publish on a weekly schedule is working, the former serendipitously, the latter as planned. It also tells me that had I gone ahead and published my 4 planned story collections as I intended, I might have garnered some good "sales", but eventually they would have dropped off to 0 unless I could crank out new stories on a regular basis, and I would have lost my momentum.

On my present schedule, I can maintain and build my momentum, and hopefully a year from now I will be doing fairly well.

Yes, the numbers are paltry compared to traditional sales, but they are way better than I expected them to be, and I am making better progress than I expected.

I am well pleased, for the time being.
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