Thursday, August 30, 2007

On the up side...



While some publishers are going down the drain, erotic romance ebook sales in general, and particularly for the presses already selling respectably, seem to be gradually but perceptably increasing. How much attention does that get? Good news is also news--spread it around, the graph and statistics are yours to reproduce and discuss and I encourage you to do so.

Based on the current data set average first month sales are now at 170 copies, first year at 370, total to date at 416 and total to date for books out for one year or more (a new parameter) is at 560. So, probably not going to make a fortune but actually improving with time. E-publishing isn't sinking into a morass, it is getting more professional and more profitable.

Okay so there is something of a divide. On a scale of bankruptcy to Ellora's Cave there is a wide variety of performance. Bad presses tend to get worse with time, very bad ones do so rapidly accompanied by smoke, brimstone and hysterical ranting. Good ones are buoyant from the beginning. Those in between drift in their destined direction only very gradually.

But, honestly, there is cause for optimism--there really is.

Please send or update your sales data or just send any questions you might have to veinglory @ gmail.com. The graph is based on the most recently updated 100 novella+ length titles. This means it is based mainly on books currently available rather than those where the contract (or publisher) has come to an end.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for this, Em! It gives folks an idea of what's the norm.

kmfrontain said...

This is very good to see. Thanks, Em.

Ember Case said...

Thanks for the info - great to have some numbers!

Jules Jones said...

Thanks for all the work you do compiling these figures, Emily. It's useful to have some hard numbers to point people at when they ask whether the sales figures they're seeing are reasonable for the genre.

Emily Veinglory said...

There is over course massive variation also--but at least this gives a ball park figure. Publisher averages will be added to http://www.ERECsite.com/PLIST.html when I have enough publisher-specific data.