tl;dr version: Wellll…..
Spreadsheet of dooooooooom!
Those of you who have made with the clicky have noted that this is sort of a mixed-news month. The good: June was the 2nd best month of the year in terms of overall downloads, not far behind May, and without May’s advantage of a 52-sale book signing. So that’s a plus. I also did an end-of-the-school-year countdown deal on Skylights and The Sanctum of the Sphere that netted me my first day ever of double-digit sales on Amazon. Yes, ever. I also have continued my streak of no days with 0 downloads out to over two months– my last 0 day was April 19th!
Speaking of Amazon, though: The bad news, such as it is, is that 2/3 of my downloads were through openbooks.com, meaning that I made very little money in June. Now, I’ve said this before, and I’ll repeat it here: the point at this point in my career is not to make a lot of money doing this. But making a little would be nice. And Amazon was fucking brutal this month:
Ouch. That big spike in the middle is the countdown sale, but even the countdown sale had a zero day. There were originally a couple of Kindle Unlimited borrows sprinkled through that horrible desert over the back half of the month, but they’ve changed their reporting to go with their new sales model and they’ve disappeared, making the graph even more depressing than it already was.
And here we get to the reason I post this and keep records like these: writers, did you see a drought in June on Amazon too? Given how long my books have gone without sales, I’d expect sales ranks to be a lot lower than they are, and they’re falling slowly, so I think everyone had a bad month. June may just not be a good month for booksellers in general, but I need more data. Anyone have anything to report?